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Andrew Garfield could not stop swearing after silent retreat to prepare for role

Hollywood star Andrew Garfield has said he could not stop swearing after he prepared to play a Jesuit priest by spending a week in a silent retreat in Wales.

The Oscar-nominated actor - along with fellow star Adam Driver - holed up in rural Wales for eight days to get into the right frame of mind for his character in Martin Scorsese's new movie Silence.

Garfield, 33, told The Graham Norton Show that after leaving the retreat, the pair felt as though they had gone crazy.

"We spent all that time together and didn't say a word but there was some miming and mouthing of things," he said.

"It was a beautiful experience but when we got out it was like we had lost our minds.

"We spent a three-hour car ride in an outpouring of vile language and imagery. There was a lot of giggling and crying too."

Director of St Beuno's Jesuit Retreat House in north Wales, Father Roger Dawson, has previously said: "A few of the staff were briefed and sworn to secrecy, and he was booked in under the pseudonym of Jonathan Jokovic."

In November, The Social Network star told The New York Times. "On retreat, you enter into your imagination to accompany Jesus through his life from his conception to his crucifixion and resurrection.

"You are walking, talking, praying with Jesus, suffering with him."

Garfield has been Oscar nominated for best actor for the Mel Gibson-directed Second World War film Hacksaw Ridge.

He said that his nomination was "remarkable, surreal and abstract".

"I found out while in the canteen eating a tuna salad on a break from rehearsals for Angels In America at the National (Theatre). The rehearsal wasn't going well so to find out I had been nominated for best actor felt rather ironic and strange," the British actor said.

The Amazing Spider-Man star said of working with Gibson: "Obviously you hear things and you read things about a dark patch in his life but for me it was about meeting him. All I knew was that I loved him as an actor and as a filmmaker but I wanted to know the man.

"I met him and very quickly I felt very comfortable and happy to work with him.

"We talked about that period of time in his life and it's very evident he has done a lot of healing and come through the dark into the light."

Norton's BBC1 show also features actress Annette Bening, Labour MP Harriet Harman and actor Asa Butterfield.

Former child star Butterfield, 19, said: "I go to parties. They let me in but I can't drink in the States. It's a bore but I am almost 20 so it's just a year and a little bit to go."

He said of filming new movie The Space Between Us: "It was great - there were no tutors and I wasn't in school.

"I was a real actor! I have my own place and I can cook.

"I do have an unfortunate amount of takeaways but I am amazing at cooking beans on toast."

:: The Graham Norton Show airs on Friday on BBC1 at 10.35pm.

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