Andrew Garfield has refuted reports that the cancellation of the planned 5-year old ‘Batkid’ Miles Scott Oscar presentation was because he abandoned the little boy because of issues he had with the script.
The Spiderman star was supposed to make an Oscar presentation with the little leukemia patient … but producers cancelled it at the last minute due to ‘logistics of production’ concerns, and Garfield himself was a no-show.
Outlets like New York Post reported that the reason why the segment was cancelled was because Garfield – who contributed to the script – ‘stormed off’ after throwing a ‘tantrum’ over the non-approval of the changes he made in the script by the Oscar producers.
But the actor has denied the claim, saying 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,’ he said.
A rep for the Academy Award also corroborated Garfield’s statement, saying, ‘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.’