Tom Holland’s audition tapes and footage from screen tests have been released to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the star’s journey to becoming Spider-Man. Holland first joined the MCU (and became the first Spidey to do so) in Captain America: Civil War, before getting his own solo flick this year: Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Homecoming became an absolutely massive success, and the highest-grossing superhero movie of the year (so far, as Thor: Ragnarok is yet to come) – and a lot of that has to do with Holland’s absolutely spot-on portrayal of the web-slinger. Behind the scenes, too, Holland has become a fan-favorite, as he bumbles his way adorably through interviews and major events, charmingly slipping up and giving away MCU details, and even tossing autographs out of his hotel window for fans below. Now, a look at some of his audition tapes and screen tests show just how perfect Holland was for the role, right from the start.
The footage was compiled by Cinemand, in a short (one minute and forty-two second) video that shows some of Tom’s audition tapes as well as footage from his screentests with Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans. The video also includes some interviews with the team that cast him, talking about how many young actors were included, and how Holland’s incredible energy (and his ability to do a standing backflip) landed him the role.
The video shows just how absolutely adorable Holland is in his early footage, pretending to use webshooters to catch a boot tossed at him, and generally having a lot of fun with his auditions. However, it also shows how little his portrayal of the character changed between his original audition and his solo fim. The earliest casting auditions seen here show a Peter Parker almost exactly like the one that made it on screen, proving that Holland understood exactly what the role needed from the beginning.
It’s also great to see Holland’s physical abilities highlighted, as his gymnastic talents are truly impressive. While his charm and enthusiasm for the role get most of the attention, his talent for stuntwork and his ability to grasp how Spider-Man would move is absolutely phenomenal. Of course, these clips don’t give anything away, as the screentests are for his interactions in Civil War, and don’t have anything to do with his future projects as Peter Parker. The interviews also appear to be collected from other documentaries and behind-the-scenes footage, so fans who have been watching absolutely every interview they can get their hands on may have already heard much of what is being said.
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