Even though his Spider-Man borrowed an iconic battle move from The Empire Strikes Back in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland is admitting that he’s never seen the classic Star Wars film. Holland, of course, is the freshest face on the MCU block with his upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, and his debut in Civil War last year for the epic battle scene in the film earned him praise for nailing Spidey’s teenage innocence, naiveté and inherent genius.
In an interview for his new film The Lost City of Z, Holland was asked about his relationship with the 1981 Star Wars film; where in one of the Hoth battle scenes, Luke Skywalker’s Rebel Alliance snow speeder trips up an Imperial AT-AT by circling its legs with tow cable. In Civil War, Spidey asks Team Iron Man, “Hey guys, you ever see that really old movie, The Empire Strikes Back?” before he tumbles Giant-Man by using his webbing to pull off a similar move.
And just as Holland is getting ready to dazzle fans once again with Spider-Man: Homecoming in July, the 20-year-old British actor is showing that there’s a huge gap between Star Wars fans and the generation before him by saying he’s never seen The Empire Strikes Back, or for that matter the original films that sandwich it – 1977’s A New Hope and Return of the Jedi from 1983. Here’s what Holland offered Yahoo! Movies on the matter:
Holland also says he’s seen the prequel trilogy – 1999’s The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Attack of the Clones, and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith – and unlike a lot of longtime Star Wars fans, his viewpoint on them is quite different. He says:
“And I’m even more embarrassed to say that I love those movies when I was a kid. Everyone’s like, ‘What? You liked those movies? But I thought they were great.”
You can’t fault Holland for simply growing up in a later generation. After all, how many kids can you see in the future saying that they loved growing up with the actor’s Spider-Man films without having seen either Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield’s films as the legendary webslinger?
In the meantime, Hopefully fans won’t want to trip up Holland for his decidedly different tastes in Star Wars films, since he’s revealed that he hasn’t seen the classic trilogy. That soon may change, though. Now that the word’s out, expect Holland to receive a copy – if not 20 – of the original Star Wars trilogy for his 21st birthday in June.
Source: Yahoo! Movies