Andrew Garfield is feeling serious heat after reports surfaced that he was supposed to present at the Oscars with Miles Scott, perhaps now better known as Batkid, the 5-year-old boy with cancer who played the superhero in San Francisco. The New York Post’s Page Six says Garfield backed out of the segment when he didn’t like his lines.
“The Academy was going to make [Miles] an official superhero during the Oscar ceremony,” a source told Page Six, noting that it had been coordinated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which also helped facilitate the little boy’s dreams of being Batman. “Andrew Garfield was going to appoint him ‘Batkid,'” the insider continued. “But, in the middle of the dress rehearsal, Garfield decided he didn’t like his lines.”
The source went on to say that the Spider-Man star “refused to go by the script” and instead came up with his own lines, which producers didn’t go for. “Garfield had a tantrum. He stormed off,” the source said, adding that Miles and his family “were devastated.”
Ultimately, the part did not happen and Miles was not present at the Oscars ceremony last weekend. Producers supposedly paid for Miles to go to Disneyland instead, and selected Captain America star Chris Evans to present in Garfield’s place. Garfield mysteriously skipped the even all together.
“He got the call pretty much the day of that he’d have to go on,” a source told Us Weekly of Evans. “Chris hadn’t been planning on even going to the Oscars.”
A representative for Andrew Garfield has not responded to Page Six’s request for comment at this time.
Users have taken to Twitter to unleash their thoughts about this with one user writing, “Andrew Garfield ‘snubs’ cancer-stricken child at 86th Academy Awards. Spiderman not cool!”
Another writes, “If this is true, then you are an a****** who doesn’t deserve to be in showbiz.”