Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver spent a week in silence in Wales to prepare for new Scorsese epic

garfielddriver.jpg

Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence looks like it might be a very tense emotional rollercoaster.

And a very long one. The film is said to be his longest yet, with a playing time of three hours and 15 minutes.

Based on the 1966 novel, also called Silence by Shūsaku Endō, it sees Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield play two Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan who go searching in the foreign land for their mentor, played by Liam Neeson.

Naturally, Driver and Garfield wanted to use their acting chops to do it justice. They spent over a year preparing and spent seven days at a silent retreat at St Bueno’s Jesuit house in North Wales, roughly an hour’s drive from Liverpool. 

Though that’s nothing on Scorsese, who spent the best part of 30 years working on making this film happen.

When it comes to method acting, they seem to have got a pretty good deal. No animal carcasses a la DiCaprio, or sending used condoms a la Leto. They just couldn’t have a chat. Their pledge to silence meant they just ‘waved when they spied each other in the refectory’.

But a year of prep wasn’t enough for Garfield, he told The New York Times:

“If I’d had ten years, it wouldn’t have been enough to prepare for this role.

I got totally swept up in all things Jesuit and very taken with Jesuit spirituality. The preparation went on for nearly a year, and by the time we got to Taiwan, it was bursting out of me.”

Garfield seems to have gone some way away from Spider-Man, sharing his experience of his new pal, Jesus:

“On retreat, you enter into your imagination to accompany Jesus through his life from his conception to his crucifixion and resurrection," he explained.

"You are walking, talking, praying with Jesus, suffering with him. And it’s devastating to see someone who has been your friend, whom you love, be so brutalized.”

Time will tell whether Garfield’s left-field efforts pay off on the big screen.

Silence will be released in the UK 1 January 2017

Related

silence-scorsese.jpg

Watch the trailer for Martin Scorsese's epic 'Silence'

scorsese.jpg

Martin Scorsese discusses his greatest scene

More

The best ever uses of songs in movies - as chosen by Reddit

What's your pick?

by Gary Ogden
17 Aug 2017

Samuel L Jackson: "If Donald Trump broke into my house, I'd shoot him"

We chat to the movie legend about hentai, yachting and killing the President

by Andrew Dickens
16 Aug 2017

Six possible posters for the upcoming Nigel Farage movie

How and why is this actually happening?

by Gary Ogden
16 Aug 2017

The 25 scariest movies on Netflix right now

Stream if you dare

15 Aug 2017

Ryan Reynolds reveals the best prank he's ever pulled

It's classic dad joke stuff

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

Why 'Undisputed' is the best action movie franchise you've never seen

As an action fan, you owe it yourself to watch these movies

by Gary Ogden
11 Aug 2017

Watch the terrifying trailer for Jennifer Lawrence's 'Mother!'

It's the creepy new film from the director of Black Swan

by Gary Ogden
08 Aug 2017

An animated Transformers movie is coming to cinemas

Will it be a return to form?

by Gary Ogden
07 Aug 2017

Eminem is making a spoof film about rap battles - watch the trailer

So, Scary Movie 3, basically

by Gary Ogden
03 Aug 2017

How Christopher Nolan's first film set the blueprint for his career

His low-budget 1999 debut 'Following' helps us understand how the director developed his style

by Tom Victor
02 Aug 2017