Lin-Manuel Miranda Revealed How He Knew Andrew Garfield Was Lying About His “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Appearance

“I walked away thinking, ‘Oh, he’s in the new Spider-Man.’”

Everyone knows Andrew Garfield pulled off his big surprise moment in Spider-Man: No Way Home — but he also recently starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation (and directorial debut!) Tick, Tick…Boom!.

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And even though Garfield was successfully bluffing his way through hiding his big news to the rest of the world, LMM had a feeling he wasn’t being honest.

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In an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Miranda said that he first had his suspicions after flat-out asking Garfield on the set of Tick, Tick…Boom!.

“I walked away thinking, ‘Oh, he’s in the new Spider-Man.’”

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“The day it leaked he might be involved, he was on my set,” Miranda recalled. “We were still filming.”

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“And, between shots, I kind of quietly went over to him and was like, ‘Andrew, are you…in the new Spider-Man?’ His exact reaction was, ‘What?! Shut up! Shut up! Hahaha! Shut up!’”

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“And I walked away thinking, ‘Oh, he’s in the new Spider-Man.’”

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And now we all know the truth — and since LMM guessed right early, he also got to watch Garfield get better at lying about the whole thing. “[W]hen I saw him on your show, he was a total pro at denying it,” he told Fallon. “But…he had to get there.”

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Watch the interview clip here.