Tom Holland Ignored His Agent’s Advice Not to Improvise During ‘Spider-Man’ Audition

Tom Holland Ignored His Agent’s Advice Not to Improvise During ‘Spider-Man’ Audition
Had Tom Holland listened to his agent, he might not have landed the career-changing role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During a discussion with Daniel Kaluuya as part of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” video series, Holland looked back at the “terrible” audition process for Marvel, one that lasted seven months and six separate auditions. Advised by his agent not to improvise during a screen test, Holland ended up making things up after his audition scene partner Robert Downey Jr. threw out the script completely.

“They always tell you that you did a great job and they will be in touch, and then six weeks go by and you’re just waiting and waiting,” Holland said. “Eventually I got a screen test in Atlanta with six other kids and [Robert Downey Jr.] was there. We all tested with Downey, which was crazy. It went so well. It was the
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