Tom Holland has been active in the entertainment industry since 2010. He’s especially well known for his role as Peter Parker in the most recent iteration of the Spider-Man movies “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” and the highly anticipated “Spider-Man: No Way Home” coming out later this month. But his road to becoming Spidey wasn’t as easy or as straightforward as some might think.
Holland had to audition for the part several times, and he had some stiff competition along the way. Obviously, we know now that he landed it and that he’s been killing it with his performances.
But the actor had to try so many times that he wasn’t always sure he would actually get the part. On the way to one of those auditions, though, something very prophetic — and funny — happened. This event would foreshadow his professional future, and MCU fans have had some interesting reactions to Holland’s story so far.
His driver predicted he’d get the part in the strangest way possible
In a recent sit-down on “The Graham Norton Show” (via YouTube), Tom Holland got to tell the story of what happened on the way to his final audition for the part. He had to tolerate a very chatty driver who was fascinated to be driving a famous actor around. Although Holland was nervous about landing the part, his driver had some odd words of encouragement to share.
“You know what? I think you’re gonna get it. The kid that I just drove there — he is so good-looking!” Holland said, quoting his driver, implying that his lack of traditional handsomeness somehow made him perfect for the part.
While both statements in and of themselves are full and complete sentences, putting them together is at best a backhanded compliment and at worst absolutely nonsensical. But it’s a fun story to tell: the tale of a humble driver prophetically predicting who would win one of the most memorable Spider-Man roles in entertainment history.
Fans quickly took to the comments section on YouTube to share their thoughts on Holland’s story. “The whole point of Peter Parker is that he’s not supposed to look like a supermodel. That driver was on point,” opined one user.
Another person referenced how “Dune” star Timothee Chalamet was among the actors who auditioned for the role of Spidey, noting how things “worked out” for both Chalamet and Holland in the end. Meanwhile, a third user pointed out that Holland is “looking damn good now” and that “Spider-Man has won so many hearts because of Tom.”