You’re a talented young actor about to head the latest, newly-acquired Marvel superhero film, and you get to fight Batman. Such is the position of Tom Holland, the star of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Short List Magazine (via ComicBookMovie) recently asked the British actor what it was like going against Michael Keaton (who plays the villainous Vulture) in the film. “Pretty cool,” Holland said. “He’s a badass. We have a fight in the movie and I punch him. He turns around and says [in a deep voice], ‘I’m Batman.’ He kept doing Batman quotes on set.”
Holland also addressed the skepticism over Tony Revolori’s casting as the traditionally bulky bully Flash Thompson. “American high schools are so different to British ones. Bullying wasn’t really a thing, so when they cast Flash Thompson they knew they didn’t need a 6 ft. 5 in. jock to beat Peter Parker up. They needed a rich, smug kid commenting on how bad his trainers (or sneakers, as us Yanks would say) were.”
Holland spent three days doing some method research at a high school in New York to prepare for his role as Peter Parker. “And I did it to practice my American accent,” he added.
Directed by Jon Watts (“Clown”), written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”) “Spider-Man: Homecoming” also stars Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya and Donald Glover. It swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.
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