If Tom Holland had obeyed his agent, he would not have been able to take on the changing role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the Marvel cinematic universe. During a conversation with Daniel Calvia as part of a variety of “Actors to Actors” video series, Holland looked at the “terrible” audition process for Marvel, which lasted seven months and six separate auditions. Her agent advised her not to make any corrections during the screen test, and the Netherlands dropped the script altogether after her audition partner Robert Downey Jr.
“They always tell you you’ve done a great job and they’ll be in touch, and then six weeks will pass and you’re just waiting and waiting,” Holland said. “I finally got a screen test in Atlanta with six other kids [Robert Downey Jr.] Was there. We all experimented with Down, which was crazy. It went so well. It was the best audition I’ve ever done. He and I were fighting. My agents told me that Miracle likes you to learn words perfectly and that you can’t compromise and you can’t do that. I learned the words right away, and then for the first time Downey completely changed the scene, so we started fighting.
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Holland called his mother after auditioning with Downey Jr. to tell her she was sure he would take part because it was the best audition of his career, but six weeks passed without a word. When Marvel finally called, it was for another audition, this time against Chris Evans. The Netherlands also pushed him, but he could not find out about his casting until Saturday while checking the internet.
“I found my computer, and my dog was sitting next to me,” Holland said. “I type in ‘miracle.’ I still have the article saved on my computer. It says, ‘We’d like to introduce our new Spider-Man, Tom Holland.’ I broke my computer because I blew it up. It fell out of my bed. My dog went into the nuts. I ran downstairs. I was telling my family, ‘I got my share. I took part!
Watch Holland’s full interview with Calvia in the video below. The actor, who will appear in Apple’s “Cherry” next month, is responding to Peter Parker’s role in the third MCU “Spider-Man” movie, which opens in theaters this December.
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