November 9, 2016


New Spider-Man Tom Holland Auditioned With Gymnastic Flips, Got 4 Solo Movies

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Tom Holland, our latest big-screen Spider-Man, is sooo into Spider-Man. In a new Hollywood Reporter interview—a two-for-one cover story shared with Homecoming co-star Zendaya—the 20-year-old Brit reveals that he's had roughly 30 Spidey costumes since he was a tot. Ergo, he really wanted that audition to become Marvel's first Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man (it's complicated and boring). 

They asked for a self-taped try-out; here's how it went:

"I was a gymnast when I was a kid, so I did a backflip, just to show Marvel that I could do that sort of stuff. I was like, 'Hi, I'm Tom Holland.' Backflip. 'I'm from London.' Side flip. 'I'm five-foot-seven.' Front flip. I had a lot of fun making those tapes."

So...think they got the right guy? Can't exactly tell if he's charming or...if he's the most charming actor since Jennifer Lawrence?

Other good bits from the THR profile:

Tom Holland has not conferred with webslinging forebears Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, but he looks up to their work:

"But it's so lucky because I've got five movies that I can draw from. I watched every single one years before I even got cast in this movie. And then we watched them all again and just picked little things that I thought was great and that I'd like to keep."

Spider-Man: Homecoming really is looking to be Marvel's "kid hero" movie. Holland: 

"You've seen the billionaire, the scientist, the soldier. ... And every decision we make on set is based off how would a kid react in this situation, so every fight scene we have is designed in a way that's almost child-friendly, so he never actually punches anyone."

Holland's contracted for three more solo Spider-Man movies; the Marvel Cinematic Universe churns out sequels steadily, but a guaranteed four solo movies from the get-go is wild

And the one-time 12-year-old star of the stage musical Billy Elliot—who's been seen breakdancing to Daft Punk on-set—will do a bit of dancing:

"Yes. There is a moment where he dances, and it's so funny. It's not good dancing. The internet has perceived me as this fantastic dancer. I can still do a couple pirouettes, but I am by no means a proper dancer."

Over and out from Marveltown, U.S.A. Tune in again in about a half-hour for some other new of intel, probably!

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