Hol­land's frank chat with Downey Jr sorted Spi­der-Man nerves

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Tom Hol­land got over his 'Spi­der-Man' "doubts" fol­low­ing a frank chat with Robert Downey Jr. The 21year-old ac­tor ad­mit­ted he had mo­ments of anx­i­ety as to whether he was cut out for the iconic role, but his 'Avengers: In­fin­ity War' co-star helped ease his fears when he ad­mit­ted to ques­tion­ing him­self in a sim­i­lar way when he was first cast as Iron Man in the Mar­vel Uni­verse. Tom said: "Robert Downey Jr has been re­ally great, he's been there dur­ing a lot of this. "There have been mo­ments, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing 'Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing' where I've doubted my ca­pa­bil­i­ties. We all have doubts. "And he pulled me aside one day and said, 'You know, you got this, this was meant to be. I had the same feel­ings do­ing 'Iron Man', the same anx­i­eties, but know that they picked you for a rea­son - be­cause it feels right, it works. It's not about how good you can do the web-sling­ing or the stunts, it's about the per­son­al­ity you bring to the char­ac­ter.' "That eased by fears and wise words like that from Iron Man, you don't for­get. They are there stored in the vault for re­peat use." Tom chose not to speak to past Spi­der-Man ac­tors Tobey Maguire and An­drew Garfield about their takes on the role be­cause he worried they would only make him feel more ner­vous. He told heat mag­a­zine: "I didn't [get tips from them], be­cause ours was a dif­fer­ent take to theirs and it prob­a­bly would have filled me with more anx­i­ety than I was al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, at­tempt­ing to em­u­late what they did with 'Spi­der-Man'. "I needed to fo­cus purely on what I could bring and not com­pare my­self to them. "But they have been very cool with what they said about me. I've met An­drew, who is a re­ally kind, gen­er­ous guy. We didn't talk about 'Spi­der-Man' much - I mean, he ob­vi­ously asked how it was go­ing and said he was ex­cited for me and un­der­stood what I was go­ing through. "To get his ap­proval was hugely im­por­tant be­cause as my pre­de­ces­sor, I look up to him."

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