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Andrew Garfield Was ‘Desperate’ to Join ‘Narnia’ Films but Was Told He’s Not ‘Handsome Enough’

Garfield said he was "obsessed" with landing the role of Prince Caspian early in his career.

Andrew Garfield attends the 2021 GQ
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Andrew Garfield is currently enjoying the record-breaking success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which marks the third time the Oscar-nominated actor has played the web-slinger on the big screen. Had Garfield’s career gone has he intended, “Spider-Man” wouldn’t have been the only major Hollywood franchise under his belt. The actor recently told Entertainment Tonight that he was “desperate” to join Disney’s “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise as Prince Caspian when he was starting out in Hollywood, but the casting team allegedly thought Garfield just didn’t have the right look.

“I remember I was so desperate. I auditioned for Prince Caspian in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and I thought, ‘This could be it, this could be it,'” Garfield said. “And that handsome, brilliant actor Ben Barnes ended up getting the role. I think it was down to me and him, and I remember I was obsessed.”

Garfield went to his agent after he lost the role and asked, “Why not me? She eventually just broke under my incessant nagging and she was like, ‘It’s because they don’t think you’re handsome enough, Andrew.'”

“Ben Barnes is a very handsome, talented man,” Garfield added. “So in retrospect, I’m not unhappy with the decision and I think he did a beautiful job.”

Around the time the first two “Chronicles of Narnia” films were being made and released, Garfield was getting his acting start with an acclaimed lead role in John Crowley’s 2007 drama “Boy A” and supporting turns in “Lions for Lambs” and “The Other Boleyn Girl.” The actor’s back-to-back turns in 2010 dramas “Never Let Me Go” and “The Social Network” acted as his international breakthrough, and it was in 2012 that he made his Spider-Man debut in Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.”