‘Hacksaw Ridge’: Andrew Garfield on the True Story That Was “Too Absurd” for the Film

     November 3, 2016

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With director Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge opening this weekend in theaters around the country, last week I sat down with Andrew Garfield for an exclusive video interview. If you’re not familiar with Hacksaw Ridge, the film tells the true story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious collaborator and Army medic who refused to bear arms during World War II, but ended up saving 75 men during the bloodiest battle of the war without firing a single bullet. Written by Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight, and Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace, it’s an incredibly well made film that doesn’t shy away from showing what really happens in war while also paying tribute to a man that did something next to impossible. While many of us love superhero movies, Hacksaw Ridge is about a real hero. It’s absolutely worth seeing this weekend in theaters. The film stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss and the rest of the great cast includes Sam WorthingtonLuke BraceyTeresa PalmerHugo WeavingRachel Griffiths, and Vince Vaughn.

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During the interview Garfield talked about the incredible action set pieces and what the extras were willing to do to make it more believable, how they couldn’t include some of the stuff Doss actually did on the battlefield because people would have thought they made it up, his reaction after seeing Martin Scorsese’s Silence, getting ready to start filming Under the Silver Lake with It Follows  director David Robert Mitchell, and what we all need to do to get Mel Gibson to make more movies.

Watch what he had to say in the player above and below you’ll find a list of everything we talked about. If you missed my extended video interview with Mel Gibson you can watch it here.

Andrew Garfield:

  • What do we need to do to get Mel Gibson to make more movies?
  • Talks about the incredible action set pieces and what the extras were willing to do to make it more believable.
  • Balancing fact versus fiction when making a movie. How they couldn’t put some of the stuff he actually did on the battlefield because people wouldn’t have believed it.
  • Has he seen Martin Scorsese’s Silence and which versions did he see?
  • How he’s about to start filming Under the Silver Lake with director David Robert Mitchell.
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