Andrew Garfield, it was reported yesterday, kept 5-year old Miles Scott–a.k.a. Batkid–from an Oscars appearance because he didn’t like the lines that were given him. However, his reps have responded to the story and say it just isn’t true.
Garfield reportedly stormed out after he added his own lines during rehearsals of the presentation he was set to do with Batkid, and the producers of the awards show had to scramble to replace the segment with “Captain America” star Chris Evans. Batkid was reportedly given a trip to Disneyland in lieu of an appearance.
The “Spiderman” actor’s reps say that the producers were the ones responsible for cutting the segment due to a lack of “fluidity” with the rest of the show, and that Garfield actually visited with Miles on the day he went to Disneyland.
“In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honor Miles Scott as the true hero that he is. As some point overnight on Saturday / Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn’t work in the ceremony. They decided to pull it – Andrew and Miles were equally upset. The producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift. Andrew did the right thing for Batkid and anyone saying otherwise is flat out lying,” the statement says.
Scott’s mother, Natalie, says they weren’t given much of a reason for the segment’s cancellation beforehand.
“I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like,” Scott said. “It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on.”
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