Andrew Garfield has been nominated for his role in Hulu's Under the Banner of Heaven for his first Primetime Emmy nomination. Garfield plays Detective Jeb Pyre, who is investigating the brutal double death of Brenda Lafferty (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her 15-month-old daughter Erica.
Under the Banner of Heaven on Hulu chronicles the horrific events of the 1980s double murder, but also explores the history of Mormonism and fundamentalists. This was done for the first time by the Hulu novel, which was adapted.
Jeb Pyre is a fictional character from Under the Banner of Heaven, although Garfield felt it was important to make sure it felt real given the true nature of the crime. With this commitment, the cast and Garfield had to do a few things to remain in a state of mind that would allow them to continue working. "We went on hikes and dove in lakes and saw the natural wonders of Alberta and Canada."
Garfield then talked about the importance of collaboration between the Under the Banner of Heaven's cast on and off the screen. Garfield also explained his on-screen and off-screen relationship with Detective Bill Taba (Gil Birmingham) and the "nice little marriage" they had. "We talked about his Native American background and my Jewish background pretty quickly," Garfield said.
Garfield recounted the time he spent in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as the variety of people he encountered there. He recounted meeting Mormons, ex-Mormons, Mormon detectives, and church officials who helped Garfield develop some of his own beliefs and attitudes. Over a decade ago, Garfield read Krakauer's novel and was fascinated by it. When Dustin Lance Black reached out to him, Garfield was unable to say no.
Under the Banner of Heaven, Detective Pyre's role is unlike anything Garfield has ever played recently, and he enjoyed the challenge. "This guy was interesting to me because he was a more reserved, stoic, less emotionally expressive character," Garfield said.
On Hulu, Under the Banner of Heaven is now available.