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Actor Andrew Garfield Says He’s ‘Proud’ to Be Jewish When Asked About Starring in New Movie Directed by Mel Gibson, Infamous for Antisemitic Comments


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Andrew Garfield on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' Photo: Screenshot.

Andrew Garfield on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’ Photo: Screenshot.

Actor Andrew Garfield said he was “proud” of his Jewish heritage on Wednesday, after he was asked about starring in the upcoming movie “Hacksaw Ridge,” directed by Mel Gibson, who is infamous for his past antisemitic comments.

In an appearance on ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the talk show host asked Garfield, “Were you worried about working with [Gibson]? Did you think, ‘Oh my God, what am I getting into here?'”

“No, not at all…I sat with him and I met him, and I got to know him in a real way; in a deep way, without all the noise and the nonsense getting in the way. And I felt good enough to go in.”

In 2006, after being stopped by a police officer in Los Angeles while driving dunk, Gibson shouted, “F***ing Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

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The “Braveheart” star, who later issued an apology for his “vitriolic and harmful words,” reportedly also has a history of making antisemitic remarks dating back to the 1990s. 

“Hacksaw Ridge,” which premieres in theaters on Nov. 4th, is about WWII US Army medic Desmond T. Doss, who became the first conscientious objector in American history to be receive the Medal of Honor.

Watch Andrew Garfield talk about Mel Gibson below:

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