- Andrew Garfield has confirmed he was texting about Will Smith’s Oscar slap after it happened.
- On “The View,” Garfield said he thought there was “no way” he would be captured texting on camera.
- The actor said he “felt so bad” but his friends “took priority” over Kevin Costner’s presentation.
Andrew Garfield has confirmed he was texting his friends while in the Oscars audience after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock.
“I feel so bad because Kevin Costner is presenting the nominees to the director in the most beautiful and elegant way, and I’m like, ‘There’s no way I’m on camera during all of this.'” , Garfield said during an appearance on ABC. “The View” Thursday.
“Everyone is texting me, asking me, like, what’s the mood in the room. At that point, my friends took precedence over Kevin,” he said. “But I feel really bad about it.”
At the Oscars on March 27, Garfield and Smith were both nominated for Best Actor.
Garfield played “Rent” composer Jonathan Larson in the biographical musical “Tick, Tick…Boom!” while Smith portrayed Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in the biopic “King Richard”.
During the awards show, Smith attacked Rock on stage after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head.
Later in the show, Costner took the stage to present the Best Director award, which went to Jane Campion, the director of “The Power of the Dog.”
As the actor spoke, Garfield was seen in the audience texting on a phone he was trying to hide discreetly under the table he was sitting at.
The moment went viral on Twitter, resulting in a deluge of tweets.
People speculated that Garfield was texting someone regarding the shocking slap.
A fan joked that the actor was “texting his publicist to get him in and out before the show was over.”
“Andrew Garfield is texting the other Peter Parkers to see if Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in their universes as well,” said media personality Clint Lamb. tweetedreferencing Marvel Studio’s three Spider-Men, played by Garfield, Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland.
—Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) March 28, 2022
During his interview on “The View,” Garfield was asked to share his thoughts on the slap, but he declined.
“It’s all been said,” Garfield said. “I don’t need to interject on this. Every possible version of the discussion has taken place, and I have no interest in adding my voice to something that has already been so well talked about.”