‘Feels like we live here now,’ Andrew Garfield says of Taiwan


TAIPEI — Actor Andrew Garfield, who has been filming Martin Scorsese’s new film ��Silence�� in Taiwan over the past few months, said Monday in Taipei that the warm welcome the film’s cast and crew have received has made them feel like they belong here.

Wearing a grey coat he purchased in one of Taiwan’s night markets, the British-American actor seemed to have grown accustomed to life in Taiwan, saying the past few months have been a ��very, very beautiful and special experience.��

��It kind of feels like we live here now. It kind of feels like this is our life,�� said Garfield, who stars as a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit in the film, at a press conference also attended by Scorsese and producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

The 31-year-old actor said he was blown away by the country’s beautiful scenery.

��The beach in Hualien is just absolutely stunning,�� said the ��Amazing Spider-Man�� star, who also went surfing for four days in Taiwan’s southernmost holiday haven of Kenting.

Scorsese, meanwhile, is also impressed by the island’s landscape, as he is with its people and food.

��I’ve never experienced an actual production like this,�� he said. ��I’m known for making films that are urban, that take place mainly in apartments, hotels, bars or churches, for the most part.��

But to be able to sit and watch a scene with birds and animals ��has been an immersion into another world,�� he said.

Tillinger said the film team has received incredible support from the local crew, Taiwan’s government, the Taipei Film Commission and Taiwan-born director Ang Lee, and indicated she would love to shoot in the country again.

��It’s truly one of the most beautiful, incredible places I’ve ever seen. And I have seen it all. I have been all over this country many times,�� said Tillinger, who has spent the past two and a half years scouting locations and preparing to shoot the film in Taiwan.

Garfield revealed yesterday that he decided to join the cast of Martin Scorsese’s new historical drama ��Silence�� because of a phone call from the director.

��It’s very rare that he calls you, and he gave me a call. So it was kind of impossible to say no,�� the 31-year-old British-American actor, who has been shooting the film in Taiwan over the past few months, said at a press conference in Taipei.

He also joined the film because he was drawn to the story and his character, Garfield said.