Andrew Garfield Hid His Spider-Man Secret From the ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’ Cast With 1 Trick

While Andrew Garfield was going around the media circuit for Netflix’s Tick, Tick…Boom!, everyone wanted to know about Spider-Man: No Way Home. Garfield wanted to (and probably had to) keep his appearance a surprise, so he constantly denied he was in it. It turns out that he lied to way more people than we knew about, including Tick, Tick…Boom! director, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda says that Garfield actually used a trick to keep his Spider-Man appearance a secret. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda directed Andrew Garfield in ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’

Andrew Garfield attends a special screening of 'Tick, Tick...Boom'
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Tick, Tick…Boom! stars Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent who died at a tragically young age. The musical itself is by Larson and is a semi-autobiography about his journey in creating his first Broadway musical. The film bounces back and forth between Garfield performing the musical on-stage and what actually happened in the real world. 

Garfield has shown tremendous acting talent in the past, but this is the first time that audiences have seen him sing. And, of course, he’s really good at it. In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lin-Manuel Miranda told the late-night host that he just knew Garfield could sing without even testing him first. 

“I just kind of think Andrew Garfield can do anything and then he proved me right,” Miranda said. “I’d seen him on-stage. He was in a play called Angels in America that is six hours long, so I just knew that he had incredible endurance and he was a wonderful actor.”

Garfield used a ‘euphemism’ to keep Spider-Man a secret

Keeping No Way Home a secret was very difficult for Garfield, especially with all of the leaks and rumors going around the internet. In order to keep it a secret, Miranda said that Garfield would use a “euphemism” so nobody knew what he was doing. 

“The euphemism became ‘my friend in Atlanta. I’m going to visit my friend in Atlanta after this,’” Miranda told Kimmel. 

Miranda mentioned that he came close to getting Garfield to accidentally spoil it, but Garfield managed to keep his composure. 

“Once I was talking to him, and I was talking about Willem Dafoe,” Miranda explained. “He goes ‘Oh yeah. He’s great. Have you met him?’ and I go ‘No, have you met him?’ and he’s like ‘Well, I was visiting my friend in Atlanta and he was there.’”

Garfield and Miranda are both nominated for Academy Awards

Garfield had a strong year with his appearance in No Way Home and an underrated performance in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. However, his role in Tick, Tick…Boom! has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. There isn’t exactly a frontrunner for Best Actor this year, but Garfield definitely has a strong chance at winning his first Oscar. 

Meanwhile, Miranda is also nominated, but for something else. He is nominated for Best Original Song for “Dos Oruguitas” from the Encanto soundtrack. If he wins, he will finally achieve the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), a rare accomplishment in the entertainment industry. 

Tick, Tick…Boom! is currently streaming on Netflix. 

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