After lead actor nominee Will Smith shook viewers around the world with his onstage assault of comedian Chris Rock, Garfield was seen trying to subtly use his phone under a table in a moment that quickly turned into a meme.
“I feel so bad because Kevin Costner’s introducing the director nominees in the most beautiful and elegant way, and I’m like, ‘There’s no way I’m gonna be on camera during this,’” the “Spider-Man” star told “The View” during a Thursday appearance on the talk show.
“And everyone’s texting me, you know, asking me, you know, what they were asking me, like what the vibe in the room is. At that moment, my friends took priority over Kevin. But I feel really bad about that.”
Though Garfield wouldn’t acknowledge the slap directly, the director category took place after the incident, and “The View” co-host Joy Behar said she could “read between the lines.” Garfield could only laugh in response.
He flat-out refused to give his opinion on the slap, saying, “Every possible version of the discussion has happened.”
The actor, who earned his second Oscar nomination this year for his performance in “Tick, Tick … Boom!” announced this week that he would be taking a break from acting to “recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for a while.”
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