It’s always important that an actor properly research for the role he or she is being cast in. For instance, to really sell the idea that you’re a hardened cop, you should probably at least know the basics of what your average cop goes through, and the mindset that creates for them. If you don’t, chances are audiences will see through your lack of knowledge and judge you hardcore. The same could be said about Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker, an American high school student. Would he be able to play an AMERICAN high school student in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming when he’s only been to school in London (yes, the entire setup I’ve laid out is a stretch, but go with it, because it apparently led to something).
Speaking with Jimmy Kimmel, Holland discussed that understanding how American schools worked was one of the more daunting aspects of him taking on the character.
“As a joke, I suggested to Marvel that I should go to a high school undercover, and it was completely a joke, and Marvel took it completely seriously — I guess they didn’t get my British sarcasm. The next thing I know I had a backpack with a pencil case, and was on my way to Bronx School of Science. I went to school with a fake name and a fake accent.”
Certainly seems like a fun premise for a movie in and of itself, but the fun didn’t stop there. While at the school, Holland seemed to have a very Spider-Man-like interaction with another student.
“Bronx School of Science is a school for genius kids, and I am no genius… I was sat at the back of the classroom, next to quite a pretty girl. She was like, ‘Dude, what’s your deal, man?’ I was like, ‘Do you want to know my secret? I’m actually Spider-Man.’ She was like, ‘Dude, you’re nuts, bro.’ I was like, ‘No, seriously, I’m actually an actor, I’m British, and I’m playing Spider-Man,’ and she didn’t believe me.”
Sounds like life as a young Tom Holland is difficult, with girls not believing you’re Spider-Man and all. In all seriousness, though, it’s a charming little story, and we can hope that Holland got even the smallest semblance of an idea of what an American school was like going there, and from what we’ve seen, it sounds like he very much has nailed the wide-eyed aspect of a young Spider-Man, so we’ll take it.
Below is the official synopsis for Spider-Man: Homecoming:
“Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.
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SOURCE: Jimmy Kimmel Live