Andrew Garfield got plenty of experience slipping into form-fitting costumes in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” But in the just-released full video for Arcade Fire’s LGBT acceptance anthem “We Exist,” Garfield dresses up like you’ve never seen him before. An early teaser suggested that the actor would do drag for the six-plus minute mini-movie, but the full version of the clip tells a much deeper, more emotionally wrenching story.
When we first meet Garfield, he’s torn over shaving his head, then conflicted over which crop-top western shirt to wear to the local townie bar. Staring longingly at an old couple dancing, a lonely Garfield accepts a spin from a camo hat-wearing gentleman, but is soon surrounded, harassed and thrown to the ground by the guy’s pals.
And then, well, let’s just say that if it’s really Garfield doing all the dancing in the “Flashdance”-inspired dream sequence, then that dude has serious skills.
The clip ends with a quartet of male dancers in matching plaid half shirts and jean shorts opening a magical portal to Arcade Fire’s recent headlining gig at Coachella, where Garfield (now wearing a lacy white dress, cowboy boots and face paint) soaks in the crowd’s love from the main stage.