Published Friday, 01 June 2012
The Social Network star was in the middle of filming forthcoming superhero movie The Amazing Spider-Man when he was offered the chance to make his Broadway debut in the latest revival of the Arthur Miller classic, and he jumped at the chance.
Garfield hit the New York stage in February, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, and he immediately won over critics - even earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Featured Role at the upcoming event.
The 28-year-old, who recently struggled through a bout of bronchitis while performing, admits his Broadway experience has been a dream come true, but he can't wait to give his body a break when the production wraps on Saturday night.
He tells the New York Daily News: "It's been a life-changing play to work on. A life-changing cast and director in Mike Nichols. But it costs you a lot. You're not allowed to fake it. There are times when I've thought, 'I can't do it justice.'
"Sometimes you feel you got it right and sometimes not. You're not a machine. It's exhilarating but enough is enough. I am sort of excited about not doing it."
But there is one post-theatre tradition Garfield will miss - the daily spaghetti dinners the cast enjoys together at a nearby restaurant after work.
He adds: "It's a necessity after doing a play like that together. You have to do something communal to get out of character. It's a balancing act."
Garfield won't have too much down time in between jobs - he will soon head out on a global press tour to promote The Amazing Spider-Man, in which he plays the web-slinging comic book superhero.