What’s interesting about this interview in hindsight is how Holland’s choices have some sort of connection to Marvel and / or they predicted his own future. Maybe this spider sense is stronger than we thought.
Tom Holland names milestone films
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When asked what was the first movie he had seen, Holland replied, “The first movie I ever saw in theaters was Star Wars – the one with Ewan McGregor.” Since there were three, the interviewer asked Holland which one it was, but Holland couldn’t remember.
Considering Holland had 3, 6, and 9 when the prequels came out, the fuzzy memory is understandable. Later, Star wars would be owned by Disney, which Holland sometimes works for.
Holland was also asked what his favorite movie was, and he named Primary fear, the 1996 legal thriller that was the big breakthrough for Edward Norton. Richard Gere was the principal, playing an attorney charged with defending an altar boy (Norton) who is accused of murdering a Catholic archbishop. It’s an intriguing answer as Norton was infamous and briefly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with his one and only turn as Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk.
What is Tom Holland’s favorite guilty pleasure?
Holland named his guilty pleasure as Just friends, a 2005 film starring Ryan Reynolds, the Marvel hero. Fifteen years ago, Reynolds was not so well known as a mile-per-minute snark machine, but a guy who starred in humble comedies like From Wilder the National Lampoon.
Just friends was kind of a reverse genre She is all that, with Reynolds as a man who was fat in high school but turned into a smooth stallion after graduation. In the movie, Reynolds visits her hometown for Christmas, trying to reconnect with her high school crush, played by Amy Smart, who loved Reynolds, but only as a friend.
Now that he’s thin and hot, he thinks he has another chance. But it is not that simple. The film didn’t make much noise at the time, but gained popularity as one of the best Christmas comedies of the 21st century.
Holland told Yahoo that Just friends was his and his mother’s “favorite Christmas movie” and he estimated he had seen it about 20 times. It’s not known that Reynolds reacted to Holland’s praise, but another star of that film, Anna Faris, did.
“It’s so nice!” Faris replied. “I haven’t met him, but I can’t wait to receive a compliment from him because I would love to congratulate him in return.
Tom Holland predicts the future
Holland isn’t known for predicting the future, although he’s a bit infamous for ruining the present with several Marvel movie spoilers. However, his responses in the Yahoo interview were premonitory in several ways.
First ,. Holland ended up working with Ewan McGregor on the film L’impossible, where Holland played his young son in the film about a family struggling to escape the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster
When asked which actor he most wanted to work with, Holland replied Jake Gyllenhaal, and of course he got that wish. Spider-Man: Far From Home.
When asked which director he most wanted to work with, Holland answered Martin Scorsese. He hasn’t gotten that wish yet, though Scorsese made his own waves last year when he said Marvel movies were “not cinema”. However, Scorsese worked with another Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield in the film Silence, so hope springs eternally.