After receiving criticism for saying that he is a “gay man right now, just without the physical act,” Andrew Garfield says his comments were taken out of context.

Garfield is currently starring in a London revival of “Angels In America” and said the comment in an after-show Q&A. Because of playing the character and becoming a fan of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, he equated the experience to being a gay man.

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The actor was criticized for his comments and for simplifying the queer experience. Now, Garfield says that is not what he meant at all.

In an interview with Newsbeat, Garfield says that what he meant to say is how appreciative he is to be playing the character and to honour the LGBTQ community.

“That discussion was about this play and how deeply grateful I am that I get to work on something so profound. It’s a love letter to the LGBTQ community. We were talking about, ‘How do you prepare for something so important and so big?’ and I was basically saying, ‘I dive in as fully as I possibly can,'” he explains.

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Garfield also says that he wants to keep the world moving forward for the community however he can be of assistance.

“It’s important to a community that I feel so welcomed by. The intention in my comments was to speak to that, speak to my desire to play this part to the best of my ability and to fully immerse myself in a culture that I adore,” he continues.