Polio

To portray a paralyzed polio patient in 'Breathe,' Andrew Garfield relied on his voice and expressions

To portray a paralyzed polio patient in 'Breathe,' Andrew Garfield relied on his voice and expressions

Andrew Garfield is the kind of guy who’s as likely to ask about his interviewer’s life as he is to chat about himself and his portrayal of pioneering polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” which the London-based actor was in Los Angeles to talk about. Chalk up this trait to humility, a quality the warm, thoughtful Garfield, 34, says “turns him on a lot.”

“Humility in others is something that I want very much in myself,” said a jet-lagged yet neatly dressed Garfield over lunch at a West Hollywood hotel. “I struggle with it especially, I think, being an actor and being in an environment where you’re constantly told not to be humble.”

The concept of humility drew Garfield...

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