Tom Holland Explains Why His Spider-Man Is 'Child-Friendly': 'He Never Actually Punches Anyone'
By Elisa Osegueda
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Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland says his version of Peter Parker is unlike anything we've ever seen.
"You've seen the billionaire, the scientist, the soldier. Now it's time to see the kid," the 20-year-old actor explains in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "And every decision we make on set is based off how would a kid react in this situation."
"So every fight scene we have is designed in a way that's almost child-friendly, so he never actually punches anyone," he says. "It's all done kind of by accident. I think the biggest difference is his youth and innocence."
Holland, who is the third actor to take on the role of Peter Parker, debuted as Spider-Man this summer in Captain America: Civil War, and admits that he's been prepping for the role by studying Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man trilogy as well as Andrew Garfield's two films.
"I watched every single one years before I even got cast in this movie. And then we watched them all again and just picked little things that I thought was great and that I'd like to keep," says Holland.
His co-star, Zendaya, also opened up about her new role in the film, which she says is not romantically linked to Peter Parker.
"My character is not romantic," she explains. "My character is like very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she's so smart, she just feels like she doesn't need to talk to people, like 'My brain is so far ahead of you that you're just not really on my level.' So she comes off very weird. But to me, she is very cool because she's deep. She's always thinking about something, always reading. I like that. And I also like that I don't really have to do anything for hair and makeup. I just get to walk in and walk out."
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017.