Andrew Garfield joined his Hacksaw Ridge director for the sit down, and spoke about the important, real-life story behind the film. Garfield, 33, stars as PFC. Desmond T. Doss, who won a Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during World War II for religious reasons. “However we can get Desmond’s story to as many people as possible … that’s great,” said the actor.
Gibson also revealed why, after turning down the film twice, he finally agreed to direct. “The last time it was offered, I read it and it went straight from … it went straight through the chest cavity into my brain. It was a very emotional, very moving story, you know? There’s tears on the pages, so I thought this is a story worth telling about this guy who’s so incredible,” he explained.
“[Desmond] transcends the ugliness of war in a situation that turns most men into animals … he gets to hone his higher self and do something really beautiful in the midst of that, which is life-affirming,” Gibson added.
Hacksaw Ridge hits theaters Nov. 4.
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