Reports surfaced yesterday that Andrew Garfield had dropped out of his Oscars segment with Miles Scott (aka “Batkid”) because he couldn’t come to an agreement with show runners, but it looks like the whole situation was a misunderstanding.
Garfield, best known for his starring role in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, was set to officially appoint the 5-year-old boy as his alter-ego ‘Batkid’ during the portion of the ceremony dedicated to superheros. Miles, who suffers from leukemia, used his Make-A-Wish request to fight crime for a day in San Francisco last November.
As some sources had previously speculated, the Academy is now stating that the segment had to be cut for logistical purposes and not because Garfield was being uncooperative.
“Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production,” a spokesperson told US Weekly.
In fact, a rep for Garfield said in a statement (via The Huffington Post) that the 30-year-old actor actually drove down to Disneyland the day after the Oscars to spend time with Miles and his family.
“Andrew did the right thing for Batkid and anyone saying otherwise is flat out lying,” the rep concluded.
Many noticed that Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield was absent from this year’s Academy Awards, where he was set to present the ‘superheroes’ segment.
Chris Evans, who portrays Captain America in the Marvel movie franchises, stepped in at the last minute to take over for Garfield, and many began speculating that he or girlfriend Emma Stone must have encountered some sort of emergency to result in them missing such a huge event.
Now, rumors are surfacing that the real reason that Garfield pulled out of the ceremony was due to issues with his segment, which was initially set to include Miles Scott, a 5-year-old who is battling leukemia.
Miles first became a local celebrity in San Francisco when the city granted his Make-A-Wish request to fight crime for a day as “Batkid.” The adorable little boy has since developed quite a fan base around the United States, and Page Six alleges that Garfield was supposed to officially appoint him as “Batkid” at the Oscars.
The segment reportedly got as far as dress rehearsals when problems started to arise.
“Garfield refused to go by the script,” a source told Page Six. “He came up with his own lines. The producers felt that Garfield’s [rewrites] were not appropriate. Garfield had a tantrum. He stormed off. Miles and his family, who were at the rehearsal, were devastated.”
When a compromise could not be met between The Academy of Motion Pictures and Garfield, the entire bit was apparently cut from the show, and Evans was asked to step in.
“[Evans] got the call pretty much the day of that he’d have to go on,” a source revealed to US Weekly, also stating that actor wasn’t even planning on attending the ceremony.
However, The Hollywood Reporter gives a much less dramatic depiction of the events, stating that the segment simply wasn’t functioning well enough within the show’s strict timeframe and had to be cut.
“Basically, because of the fluid nature of live TV production, ultimately the segment didn’t work,” a spokesperson for the Academy told THR.
Meanwhile, neither Garfield nor his reps have commented on the allegations.
What do you think? Did Andrew Garfield really back out because he was unhappy with the way the segment was going or was it just a misunderstanding? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!