New school Spidey

GF’s Bree Player geeked out on all things Spidey with the man him­self, Tom Hol­land.

Girlfriend - - WINTER 2017 -

GF chats to Tom Hol­land and Zendaya!

THE AN­TIC­I­PA­TION HAS BEEN BUILD­ING SINCE CAP­TAIN AMER­ICA: CIVIL WAR FOR SPI­DER-MAN: HOMECOMING. WHAT HAS THE WAIT BEEN LIKE FOR YOU?

It’s been as gru­elling for me as it has for the fans! I’m just as ex­cited to see the movie as they are. It’s a movie I would see re­gard­less of me be­ing in it and the fact that I am in it makes me want to see it even more.

WERE YOU A FAN OF SPI­DER-MAN GROW­ING UP?

A huge, huge fan. I was al­ways jump­ing off the ban­nis­ter when I was a kid. I had Spi­der-man cos­tumes, toys, pil­low­cases, you name it. Play­ing him was a dream and the fact that it’s come true, well, I can’t quite be­lieve it’s hap­pened.

THE WAY YOU FOUND OUT YOU LANDED THE ROLE WAS UN­USUAL. CAN YOU TELL US HOW THAT WENT DOWN?

I was in bed scrolling through In­sta­gram and Marvel posted a photo that said to ‘find out who the new Spi­der-man is go to our web­site’, so I went to the web­site and I was lucky enough that it said my name. I went ab­so­lutely bonkers and my poor lit­tle dog was in my bed with me and she freaked out be­cause she had no idea what was go­ing on.

WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE TO KNOW YOU SCORED THE ROLE?

It was a gru­elling process au­di­tion­ing and the funny thing is I be­came so stressed about get­ting the role, that when I got it I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoul­ders and I thought, ‘Oh, thank God I got the role’. But then I thought, ‘Oh my God, I got the role’ and the weight landed back on my shoul­ders im­me­di­ately be­cause I sud­denly re­alised the pres­sure and ex­pec­ta­tions.

IS IT TRUE THAT CHRIS HEMSWORTH CALLED AND GAVE YOU AD­VICE?

That is true, and it was very sound ad­vice. He told me my life would change and to keep my head down, stay grounded, keep my friends and fam­ily close. I like to think that I’ve fol­lowed his ad­vice well.

HOW DID YOU FEEL STEP­PING INTO THE SPI­DER-MAN COS­TUME FOR THE FIRST TIME?

This is a funny story ac­tu­ally, be­cause the an­swer is it was rather dis­ap­point­ing. I had been cast very late in the film­ing sched­ule, so they had al­ready started film­ing with my stunt dou­ble, who is a fair bit big­ger than me. So the first time

I tried it on it was baggy and loose, def­i­nitely not quite as ex­cit­ing as I had imag­ined it would be. When I got one made to my size and tried that on, it was re­ally cool.

WE’VE DIS­COV­ERED IN THE SPI­DER-MAN/ MARVEL FAN­DOM, THE SUIT IS A BIG DEAL AND THERE’S LOTS OF DIS­CUS­SION ON­LINE ABOUT IT, WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING ABOUT YOUR SUIT?

I think one of the coolest things is the way Peter can take it on and off. You see in the trailer that it can go baggy and it can go tight which is a very cool fea­ture and it’s never re­ally been ex­plained be­fore how he gets in or out of his suit. Also the tex­ture of is not too dis­sim­i­lar to a bas­ket­ball and I just think it’s re­ally cool.

HOW IS YOUR VER­SION OF SPI­DER-MAN DIF­FER­ENT TO TOBEY MAGUIRE’S AND ANDREW GARFIELD’S?

It’s dif­fer­ent be­cause I’m much younger, so we were able to fo­cus on the younger ver­sion of the char­ac­ter. The pre­vi­ous movies have def­i­nitely been Spi­der-man movies, whereas our movie is a Peter Parker movie and it’s about Peter Parker learn­ing to be­come Spi­der-man.

IN THE FILM WE SEE PETER PARKER IN HIGH SCHOOL. WHAT WAS

YOUR OWN EX­PE­RI­ENCE OF HIGH SCHOOL LIKE?

Def­i­nitely wasn’t do­ing ex­ten­sive maths and sci­ence like Peter. I went to a reg­u­lar state school in Lon­don where I played rugby and cricket, and I didn’t do too badly at school, I tried my best. I don’t miss it, but it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence. I had re­ally good friends that I’m still friends with now.

WE HEARD YOU IN­JURED YOUR­SELF DO­ING ONE OF THE STUNTS?

I’d like that to be true, but I ac­tu­ally in­jured my­self fall­ing down the stairs, so it wasn’t as heroic as some re­ports have made it sound.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORK­ING WITH ZENDAYA?

It was amaz­ing – she’s a re­ally won­der­ful per­son. She brought a lot to the char­ac­ter, who ini­tially wasn’t a big char­ac­ter in the first draft. I also con­sider her a re­ally good friend. She’s ob­vi­ously been go­ing through this whole fame thing for a while and I’ve just started go­ing through it, so I reg­u­larly ask her ad­vice about this crazy ex­pe­ri­ence and she’s re­ally help­ful with that.

YOU AND THE OTHER YOUNGER CAST MEM­BERS SEEM LIKE A FAM IN YOUR SO­CIAL ME­DIA PICS – ARE YOU ALL CLOSE?

Jon [Watts, the di­rec­tor] was adamant that we be­came close even be­fore we started shoot­ing, so he set up all sorts of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties so we’d get to know each other bet­ter, and it re­ally helped the movie. I think the best part about Andrew Garfield’s movies was the re­la­tion­ship him and Emma Stone had on screen, and I think Jon tried hard to recre­ate that but on a big­ger scale with our crew.

WAS IT DAUNT­ING TO WORK WITH RENOWNED AC­TORS LIKE MARISA TOMEI AND ROBERT DOWNEY JR?

Yeah, it was daunt­ing you know, but they were all so won­der­ful. By the time they came to set I had been shoot­ing for six to seven

weeks so I felt like they were com­ing onto my movie, and thought I had to show them the ropes a lit­tle bit. But then I was very quickly and keenly aware that wasn’t the case. I’m very lucky and so grate­ful I got to work with them.

WE’VE SEEN YOU POP­PING INTO CHIL­DREN’S HOS­PI­TALS DRESSED IN YOUR SPIDERMAN SUIT, WHICH IS SO KIND AND ADORABLE. WHAT IS THAT EX­PE­RI­ENCE LIKE FOR YOU?

It’s my favourite thing about be­ing Spi­der-man. One thing Zendaya taught me is that when you are given an op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence, you have to do that. Th­ese kids can’t leave the hos­pi­tal and they very rarely get vis­i­tors, so it makes a huge dif­fer­ence to their lives. I’m just so happy that I have the abil­ity to do that.

NEXT WE’LL SEE YOUR SPI­DER-MAN IN AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR AND THERE’S AL­READY BEEN CON­FIR­MA­TION OF A HOMECOMING 2. WHERE ARE YOU AT WITH THE PRO­DUC­TION OF THOSE FILMS?

Avengers is well un­der­way but I’m a lit­tle bit in the dark with Homecoming 2 and I think that’s be­cause they know I have a big mouth. We don’t have a vil­lain or a script yet but that will start com­ing through in the next few months. I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of that process and then putting the suit back on and get­ting to work.

Spi­der-Man: Homecoming is in cin­e­mas July 6.

“Peter Parker is prob­a­bly the most re­lat­able su­per­hero maybe ever,” Tom says.

“This Tom Hol­land guy is some­thing else,” says co-star and ad­mirer Robert Downey Jr.

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