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Tom Holland: 'Spider-Man backlash gives me more motivation'

Published 08/12/2015

Tom Holland
Tom Holland

Tom Holland is still pinching himself after landing the role of superhero Spider-Man.

British actor Tom Holland is determined to prove his Spider-Man critics wrong once he dons the famous red and blue suit.

The 19-year-old star was revealed as Andrew Garfield's replacement in the superhero franchise in June (15), and the news sparked an angry backlash from fans, who felt he was too young for the web-slinging role.

Tom has taken the criticism in his stride, and instead of buckling under the pressure, he cannot wait to get stuck into following on from fellow Brit Garfield and Tobey Maguire.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and it just gives me more motivation to prove them wrong when I do start shooting the movie," he told Variety. "Hopefully I will."

Tom first rose to prominence in 2012 disaster movie The Impossible, alongside Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and he will next be seen in Ron Howard's drama In the Heart of the Sea, but despite his achievements so far, the actor still can't believe he'll be the next Spider-Man.

"I auditioned and waited and waited for months," he recalled. "When I got the call that I received the part, there was a lot of screaming. My whole family and I were screaming and we were so excited. My poor dog Tess was scared from all the jumping and screaming.

"It was one of the happiest days of my life. I'm still very happy. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and ask, 'Do I really have the honour to play Spider-Man? Am I dreaming?'”

Tom will make his debut as Peter Parker's alter-ego in Captain America: Civil War in May (16), before his stand-alone Spider-Man reboot is released in 2017, and he's hoping to meet his predecessors before filming begins.

"It's something I think should happen," he told Access Hollywood. "I'd love to sort of sit down with them and ask them about what to expect in life.. As of yet, I haven't sort of touched based with them, I'm sure I will in the future."

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