- Tom Holland said his mum was “furious” after she saw a video of him on the set of the film “Cherry.”
- Holland plays a former Army medic suffering from drug addiction and PTSD in the upcoming biopic.
- Holland told Esquire that his parents have now seen the full movie and “are really proud.”
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Tom Holland says that his mum was “furious” when he sent her footage of him in character as a heroin addict for his upcoming drama “Cherry.”
“Biggest mistake ever,” the 24-year-old actor told Esquire in a new cover story. “I was like, ‘This is how my day’s going,’ and she was furious with me.”
According to Esquire writer Allie Jones, the scene that Holland shared with mum Nikki Holland showed the actor “writhing around” on the concrete floor of a jail cell for one particular scene.
“I guess I wasn’t thinking right, and I was like, ‘Do you know who would really like to see this? My mum,'” Holland added. “In hindsight, it was a really stupid thing to have done.”
Holland, known for his role as teen web-slinger Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will be playing a much grittier character in “Cherry.”
The film is co-directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo (who previously worked with Holland on several MCU movies) and stars the actor as a former Army medic suffering from drug addiction and PTSD.
The film is based on a 2018 book of the same written by Nico Walker and draws from the writer’s real-life experiences. Holland lost almost 30 pounds to portray the main character, who turns to bank robberies upon his return to Cleveland, Ohio.
Holland told Esquire that the footage of him on set was probably jarring for his mum because she’s used to seeing him play heroic or admirable characters.
“I think when my mum goes to see my films in particular, the things she likes the most are the moments she goes, ‘Oh, that’s my little boy.’ But in this film there’s nothing like that,” he said.
Holland added that since seeing that initial video, his mum has watched the full movie and approves of it.
“They were able to enjoy it as a movie and not a biopic of their son doing heroin,” he said of his parents’ reaction. “They are really proud, and they really liked it.”
“Cherry” hits theatres on February 26 and will be released on Apple TV Plus on March 12.