Earlier today, Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland held a live Q&A session, just hours after the first trailer debuted. The young actor answered a number of questions from fans, offering an interesting reveal about his prepartions to play young Peter Parker. It was recently confirmed that Parker will be a sophomore in high school when this movie begins, and Tom Holland says he actually went to a NYC school to prepare for the role.
The actor answered fan questions for just over 30 minutes on Facebook, where he explained how he enrolled in a New York high school. The 19-year-old actor is originally from London, so the American high school experience is quite different from what he was used to. Here's what Tom Holland had to say during his Facebook Q&A session earlier today.
"The coolest thing I think I did for the movie was I was enrolled in a high school in New York, in the Bronx, as a secret. No one knew who I was or what I was doing. I had a fake name and a fake accent. I went to school for three days. It was really fun. It was really interesting because New York high schools are so different to schools that I went to in London. Where I went to a school where you have to wear a suit and tie and it's all boys, and for me it was the first time that I was in a classroom with girls. It was a really strange experience, it was really fun."
While Tom Holland isn't exacly a household name yet, he made his feature film debut four years ago in The Impossible, alongside Naomi Watts, and he has also starred in How We Live Now, the UK TV series Wolf Hall and last year's In the Heart of the Sea, alongside another Marvel hero, Chris Hemsworth. The actor says no one recognized him at this school, and no one actually believed that he was playing Spider-Man. Here's what he had to say about one of his classmates, when asked if he told anyone that he was Spider-Man.
"I told one person. I told one kid at the school. I was like 'Hey man, listen, I'm actually Spider-Man.' He did not believe me... At the time I hadn't made the movie, so I didn't have any pictures to show him to prove that I was Spider-Man. No one believed me. Which is actually a good thing, because it makes me think that if Peter Parker went up in his school and was like 'I'm Spider-Man,' everyone would be like 'Nah dude, no you're not.'"
Tom Holland's Peter Parker will be squaring off against Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The supporting cast includes Zendaya playing a character named Michelle, while Tony Revolori is playing Flash Thompson, Jacob Batalon is playing Ned Leeds and Laura Harrier is playing Liz Allan. Jon Watts directs from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal producing. Take a look at Tom Holland's full Q&A video below for Spider-Man: Homecoming.