Andrew Garfield was supposed to present at the Academy Awards on Sunday, and he surprised everyone when he was a no show at the ceremony. (Avengers star Chris Evans took his place to introduce the heroes segment for the telecast).
Garfield was supposed to do a skit with 5-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott, who made the news last year when he dressed up as Batkid and made stops all over San Francisco with his father. However, things did not go according to plan, and though there was a report that a personal matter was the reason behind the Spider-Man star's absence, it seems like that was a cover up!
"The Academy was going to make [Miles] an official superhero during the Oscar ceremony," a source told Page Six, adding that this was orchestrated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "[Garfield] was going to appoint him 'Batkid,' but, in the middle of the dress rehearsal, Garfield decided he didn't like his lines. Garfield refused to go by the script. He came up with his own lines. The producers felt that Garfield's [rewrites] were not appropriate. Garfield had a tantrum. He stormed off. Miles and his family, who were at the rehearsal, were devastated. Garfield was such a spoiled brat that he didn't even want to be a presenter." Yikes!
A representative of the Academy told E! News, "Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production. Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family."
The plot thickens! Garfield's rep said in a statement:
"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. At 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."
But from reports of a personal matter to a tantrum to the segment being scrapped for a seemingly innocuous reason, it seems like no one is on the same page here...