Tom Holland Fought For Spider-Man Says Jon Bernthal; Talks Marvel Auditions
Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland worked together to nail their Marvel auditions of Punisher and Spider-Man, respectively.
Bernthal went on to star in Season 2 of Daredevil (with a Punisher Netflix series rumored), and of course Tom Holland will first appear as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War followed by the 2017 standalone Spidey movie.
While speaking with Complex.com, Jon Bernthal offered an inside look at their audition process offering Tom Holland really fought to play the role of Spider-Man and more:
I worked with Tom intensely in Ireland on the movie that we did; a group of us were all living in a remote part of Western Ireland, eating every meal together, on set all day with each other. And I got to tell you, in all my years in Hollywood, I'm probably more impressed with Tom Holland than anyone else I've ever met. For a guy his age, he's a force of nature. I saw him go through the process of trying to win that role. He fought for it. He just went out and got it. That's not an easy feat.
A couple of weeks ago also saw Bernthal offer the following to the NY Daily News:
"We were making tapes from Ireland in the process of getting him cast in Spider-Manand then he and I made a tape for The Punisher. During this independent movie that we did in Ireland we were constantly making tapes for Marvel - just acting together. These tapes definitely do exist, you can call Marvel and ask for it, but that's like breaking into Fort Knox."
"I called the guys at Marvel when they were casting (Spider-Man) and I heard he was in the final handful of guys and said, 'Look for what it's worth you're not going to meet a harder working more appreciative kind of guy. I was so blown away by his sort of attitude and work ethic and how good he was.' But then I said to Tom, 'I've told them that, so don't prove me wrong.'"
"Captain America: Civil War" has a May 6, 2016 release date directed by Anthony and Joe Russo starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, Martin Freeman and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.