Tom Holland seems like a lovely chap, doesn’t he? The kind of friend that would ring just because. Well, he’s about to get better – if that was even possible.
This is because he recently revealed an encounter he had with Robert Downey Jr’s stunt double as he was about to audition as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.
Speaking to GQ, Holland explained: “I was obviously nervous. I mean, it would be strange if I hadn’t been nervous. Thankfully, weirdly, something happened that loosened the pressure valve on my anxiety that day.
“I saw Ant and Joe and then I saw Downey standing there in the casting room. I went over. I introduced myself. But I remember thinking, ‘That’s a bit odd. He doesn’t look like I’d imagined him or remembered.’ Still, I shook his hand, telling him, ‘It’s a pleasure to meet you,’ saying how excited I was at the opportunity, how much it means to me…”
See, what a great bloke. But, we all know what’s coming, don’t we?
He went on: “Well, then a door opens and in walks the actual Robert Downey Jr. I’d been chatting up his stunt double the entire time. So, actually, I got my jittery, loser vibe out of the way. And then, when I actually met Downey, I was a little more cool and collected.”
He also explained that when he did speak to the real Robert Downey Jr, he gave him some advice that he still uses today.
“He took me to one side and said ‘I remember the feeling. I’ve been through this before and it is incredibly stressful. Enjoy the process and let your body take over.’
“I was doing a new Spider-Man scene just the other day and I had to eat a bowl of cereal. And I just couldn’t eat a bowl of cereal like a normal person – I was too in my head. And the director, Jon [Watts], goes ‘What are you doing?’ And I was like ‘Sorry, I’m leading with my head and I need to lead with my body.’ So it was good advice. And I think that’s the piece of advice that got me the Spider-Man job ultimately.”
Tom Holland, take a bow sir.