Before becoming Peter Parker, the young actor did several tests for a saga bigger than the UCM, but the last one turned out to be the worst audition of his life.
We met him as the youngest son of the leading family in The impossible by JA Bayona in 2012 and gained huge stage notoriety splurging on talent like Billy Elliot in the 2014 musical, but Tom Holland He became the Hollywood star he is today thanks to his signing with Marvelafter picking up the baton from Andrew Garfield and becoming the starting Spider-Man of the UCM.
After his debut as our beloved Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War In 2016, Tom Holland starred in his first solo film the following year, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), which would be followed Far from homethe box office no way home and, of course, the always unforgettable Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Although Holland’s career also stands out for his work in In the heart of the sea, The devil at all hours either Cherry, It was his entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that would definitely mark a before and after in his career.. A turning point without a doubt that, curiously It could have happened much sooner if the young actor, now 26, hadn’t burst into laughter at the wrong moment.
He regrets and is ashamed when he remembers it, but Tom Holland does not hide that he was really to get a role in the most important franchise in the history of cinema. A billion-dollar franchise that has been raising passions since the late 1970s and has marked different generations for decades.
If you’re thinking Star Wars, yes. You’re right.
Before becoming Spider-Man, Tom Holland had the opportunity to apply for a major character in the new Star Wars trilogy that would begin in 2015 with The Force Awakens. At that time, she had not yet turned 20 and, as she recalled in an interview with Backstage in 2021, it was one of the worst auditions of his life.
As Holland explained, Before his nightmare audition, he had already done four or five previous ones, so things seemed to be serious. His character: Finn, who would eventually end up as John Boyega.
I remember doing the scene with a woman, bless her, and she was a drone. I was there yelling ‘We have to get back to the ship!’ and she would go ‘Bleep, bloop bloop, bleep bloop.’ And I just couldn’t stop laughing. I found it very funny
“I felt really bad,” Holland recalls. “Because she was trying really hard to be a convincing doride or drone or whatever you call them. And yeah, obviously I didn’t get the part. It wasn’t my prime.”
Fortunately, Tom Holland humorously recalls the loss of what could have been his big break as an actor before becoming Peter Parker since, as he himself commented in the interview, fortunately have learned to deal with frustration. “There was a movie, the criminals of november, in which Ansel Elgort played the lead role. I was auditioning for her and I got really close to her, I thought that movie was going to be my springboard to a career as a young adult. I didn’t get the part, and it really affected me,” Holland admitted unashamedly. “I remember being very angry. My father sat me down and we talked about dealing with rejection. He told me, ‘Son, that’s part of success. If you won every time, winning would become losing.’ You need to lose for victory to feel like victory.”