Andrew Garfield, who is currently having the time of his life starring in box office hits and winning Golden Globes, has revealed some earth-shattering, life-altering news: he once auditioned for the role of Prince Caspian in Disney’s Narnia series, but ultimately lost it to Ben Barnes because he “wasn’t handsome enough.”
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Garfield shared that he was just beginning his career when he auditioned for the role of Caspian.
“I remember I was so desperate. I auditioned for Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia and I thought, ‘This could be it, this could be it,'” Garfield said. “And that handsome, brilliant actor Ben Barnes ended up getting the role. I think it was down to me and him, and I remember I was obsessed.”
After he lost the role, Garfield went to his agent and Garfield went to his agent and asked, “‘Why not me?’ She eventually just broke under my incessant nagging and she was like, ‘It’s because they don’t think you’re handsome enough, Andrew.'”
“Ben Barnes is a very handsome, talented man,” Garfield said. “In retrospect, I’m not unhappy with the decision and I think he did a beautiful job.”
While Garfield’s dreams were slightly crushed, he didn’t let the setback stop him.
Prince Caspian premiered in 2008, two years before the world came to know Andrew Garfield in The Social Network and four years before he starred in a his own movie franchise as Spider-Man. In hindsight, Disney’s Narnia sequel wasn’t quite the hit we all hoped it would be, so perhaps it is good that Garfield was spared.
And though we would have certainly loved to see Garfield — who we think is handsome enough — play the Narnian prince, we can’t say we’re too mad about how his career has turned out. After all, it seems like he’s doing pretty good now.