Andrew Garfield made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his new Netflix film tick, tick…BOOM! Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film is an adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical.
Garfield stars as Jon, an aspiring musician who waits tables in New York City during the 90’s, with the hopes of writing the next great American musical. He has appeared numerous times on the CBS late-night show, but this time he burst into a song, Deadline reports.
Garfield worked closely with vocal coach Liz Caplan for the film. “Lin’s amazing because he’s the kind of person who can see you better than you can see yourself. He had seen me in Angels in America and he said to me ‘I think you can sing’ and I said ‘I think you might be wrong’,” he told Colbert.
“She gave me the confidence. I was singing and Lin snuck in the back, ‘the bastard’. His shoe flew across my face and he said ‘Andrew Garfield, you can sing, I don’t have to recast you’. The shoe of joy, the shoe of bliss.”
Garfield also shared some sweet memories of her mother, Lynn Garfield, who died before the film’s production began.
“You suffered great grief with your mother,” Colbert said.
“I love talking about it, by the way, so if I cry it’s a beautiful thing. The grief will remain with us until we pass. We never get enough time with each other. I hope this grief stays with me because it’s all of the unexpressed love that I didn’t get to tell her and I told her every day, she was the best of us,” Garfield said.
tick, tick…BOOM! also stars Alexandra Shipp and Vanessa Hudgens, and is available on Netflix.