Did Andrew Garfield Really Back Out Of Presentation With Batkid at Oscars?
Scott, the 5-year-old leukemia patient who fulfilled his dream of fighting crime in San Francisco, was set to be made an official superhero by The Amazing Spider-Man star at the Academy Awards.
A rep for the Academy says the segment was cut due to production concerns.
“Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production,” the spokesman’s tells Gossip Cop.
“Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family,” adds the Academy’s rep.
The New York Post, however, reports that Garfield nixed the presentation because he didn’t like his lines.
The paper claims the actor rewrote his lines, but the Academy didn’t feel they were appropriate, and Garfield “had a tantrum” and “stormed off.”
Not true says Garfield’s personal rep.
“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,” reads the rep’s statement, adding, “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.”
Garfield’s rep explains, “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.”
Chris Evans ended up presenting in lieu of the Spider-Man star.