Andrew Garfield says he did not bail on 5-year-old 'Batkid'

An Academy Awards rep and the Make-A-Wish Foundation say that Garfield did the right thing.
By Annie Martin  |  March 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM
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HOLLYWOOD, March 6 (UPI) -- Andrew Garfield says he did not bail on five-year-old 'Batkid' Miles Scott.

Rumors have been flying that the Spider-Man star failed to come through on an appearance with the five-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient due to his own ego. Garfield was slated to appear with Scott to make the child "an official superhero" during Sunday's Oscar ceremony, but the meeting never took place.

Some said that Garfield was to blame for the incident. A source told The New York Post on Wednesday that the actor "refused to go by [the Academy's] script. He came up with his own lines. The producers felt that Garfield's [rewrites] were not appropriate. Garfield had a tantrum. He stormed off. Miles and his family, who were at the rehearsal, were devasted."

An Academy rep has since told Fox News that Garfield was not to blame for the ceremony being cut. The rep says, "Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments... 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 and his family."

The Make-A-Wish foundation has backed up the Academy's claim. "We were pleased that Andrew, on his own time, drove to Anaheim on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles and his family," a representative also told Fox.

The actor wanted to clear the air himself. Garfield's publicist stated on Thursday that "Andrew and Miles were equally upset... Andrew drove down to visit [the family at Disneyland] and to bring Miles a personal gift. Andrew did the right thing for Batkid, and anyone saying otherwise is flat-out lying."

Garfield will reprise his role as Peter Parker for the Spider-Man reboot series in two upcoming films. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will debut in theaters May 2 of this year, and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2016.

[New York Post] [Fox News]

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