When Page Six ran a story that accused Andrew Garfield of being a colossal dick for having a temper tantrum and storming away from his chance to present with Batkid at the 86th Academy Awards, something just didn’t seem right. First of all, Garfield seems like one of the nicest young actors in Hollywood, and there’s no way that Emma Stone, who is even more ridiculously charming, would be involved without someone who walks out on adorable kids. But much more importantly, there’s just no way that someone screws over 5-year old leukemia patient Miles Scott, who was given the chance to save the city of San Francisco as Batkid last year. It’d have been career suicide for the star of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Fortunately, it seems like everything was cleared up quickly and conveniently today, leaving Page Six to look like the Joker, because Garfield’s representatives released a very stern statement about the truth.
In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honor Miles Scott as the true hero that he is. At some point overnight on Saturday / Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn’t work in the ceremony. They decided to pull it – Andrew and Miles were equally upset. The producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift.
Andrew did the right thing for Batkid and anyone saying otherwise is flat out lying. (Via Vanity Fair)
So there you have it, Garfield is possibly even cooler and nicer than we imagined and Stone doesn’t have terrible taste in men. It still kind of sucks that Batkid’s segment had to be cut, considering all of the filler and fluff in this year’s Oscars broadcast. Like they couldn’t have trimmed the pointless genre tribute montages that didn’t make any sense, or had Bette Midler sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” during the actual In Memoriam tribute. At least that would have made the whole not clapping thing less awkward.