- Before Tom Holland made his Marvel debut as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” he and Chris Hemsworth (who portrays Thor) starred in the 2015 movie “In the Heart of the Sea.”
- At the premiere of “Men in Black: International,” the Australian actor told “Entertainment Tonight” that he put in a good word for Holland when the studio was looking for an actor to play the latest version of the teen webslinger.
- “I did what I could do and made a call and said he’s one of the most talented people I’ve worked with and has such a big heart and appreciation,” Hemsworth said. “We have a great friendship, it’s a good mutual respect.”
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“We worked on ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ together, obviously, then through ‘Avengers’ and as they were casting him for Spider-Man, I did what I could do and made a call and said he’s one of the most talented people I’ve worked with and has such a big heart and appreciation,” Hemsworth told “Entertainment Tonight” at the “Men in Black: International” premiere in New York on Tuesday.
“We have a great friendship, it’s a good mutual respect,” the 35-year-old added.
The two actors reprised their Marvel roles in “Avengers: Endgame.” Recently, they teamed up to promote “MIB” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (Holland’s “Spider-Man” sequel that hits theaters on Tuesday, July 2). When Holland shared the video on his Instagram, he referred to Hemsworth as a “hero.” Speaking to “Entertainment Tonight,” the Australian actor repaid the compliment, saying: “Well, he’s my hero.”
Holland made his first appearance as the teen webslinger in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” fighting alongside Tony Stark/Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.), Rhodey/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany), and T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Hemsworth’s character was absent from the Marvel movie, which came out in 2016, the year after Holland and Hemsworth starred in the drama “In the Heart of the Sea.”
Although Hemsworth did his part to vouch for Holland, the 23-year-old impressed costar Chris Evans (who plays Steve Rogers/Captain America) and “Civil War” directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo because of his prior experience as a gymnast.
“Kids came in and put on these really ridiculous Spider-Man pajamas,” Evans told Entertainment Weekly in 2016.
Holland had an edge because in the script, Spider-Man flipped into a scene, and the young actor offered to do that during the audition.
“Marvel doesn’t want to see this kid break his neck, so everyone from [the studio] was like, ‘Don’t! Don’t!’ And Joe just started salivating, ‘Just do it!'” Evans recalled. “And he did it – and stuck it!”
Joe also said that in addition to capturing the “essence” of the role, “there’s an incredible physicality to these characters.”
“To see a kid who is a gymnast, and you know you’re going to be digitally mapping to his movements … to have somebody who can move that way, it’s f—ing invaluable,” the director told Entertainment Weekly.
In 2017, Holland told AOL Build that the audition process for Peter Parker/Spider-Man took about five and a half months and he had eight auditions.
“On my last audition, I was told to stay in Atlanta because if I got cast, I had to start shooting [“Civil War”] two days later,” Holland recalled.
However, he left Georgia after two weeks, assuming that he didn’t get the part.
“Six weeks later, then found out the news, then was on a plane two days after that or something,” he added.
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