LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 05: Actor Andrew Garfield attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ ‘Silence’ at Directors Guild Of America on January 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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Andrew Garfield

From playing a superhero in spandex to the first man in U.S. history to be awarded the Medal of Honor without firing a shot, Andrew Garfield has transitioned into one of the finest actors of his generation.Garfield is receiving the best notices in his career with two films that were released almost back to back. He is superb in Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson’s World War II drama, which dramatizes the real life saga of Desmond T. Doss, an Army Medic whose heroic actions to save lives in the Battle of Okinawa were quite remarkable, to say the least.For his riveting portrayal of Doss, who refused to carry or use a firearm or weapons – being a conscientious objector – Garfield earned a Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama nomination.Garfield immediately followed up Hacksaw Ridge with another stunning performance in Silence, which took Martin Scorsese over two decades to develop. In the fictionalized account of the persecution of Christians in 17thBreathe, actor Andy Serkis’ directing debut. Andrew plays a man who becomes paralyzed from polio. Did the theater-trained actor choose these recent difficult roles as a way of testing himself in his own journey?“That is what I am trying to figure out,” he answered with a laugh. “I think you just hit very close to something inside me that I am trying to figure out, which is – how do you survive life and all of its extremes, suffering, chaos, anarchy and contradiction? How do you find your own center within such challenging circumstances such as life?  That is the question for all of us.”