There are few things in this world which could convince someone to willingly return to high school. The dreaded location is a place that haunts the memories of former students, and it is highly unlikely they would want to return to their former torture chambers. However, most kids are not Tom Holland; The actor recently confessed he trained for Spider-Man: Homecoming by secretly returning to high school in hopes of learning about today’s student.
If that doesn’t make him brave, then what does?
Holland did a live stream on Facebook today where he answered fans’ questions about Homecoming. When he was asked about his training, the actor started off with the usual answers; He got in shape, went to the gym, and even tried EMS circuits which “really, really suck.”
However, it was Holland’s next confession that caught fans off-guard.
“The coolest thing I think I did was I enrolled in a high school in New York in the Bronx. [It was] a secret; Like, no one knew who I was or what I was doing. I had a fake name and a fake accent. I went to school for three days, and I was really fun, you know? It was so interesting because New York high schools are so different to the ones I went to in London.”
The actor continued, even admitting, “For me, it was the first time I was in the same classroom with girls. It was like this real strange experience.”
Holland also said the secrecy got to him at one point and led him to tell his secret to a few classmates.
“I told one kid at the school, ‘Hey, listen, I’m Spider-Man,” the actor said. “He did not believe me.” He was also accosted by another student who wondered what Holland was doing at their school. The high school he attended was a science academy, and she wanted to know how he got in without testing. When he finally dropped his fake accent and told her the truth about training, she had this to say:
“Dude, you’re nuts. You’re the craziest guy I’ve ever met in my entire life.”
However, Holland did say he found the whole encounter educational as it helped him relate to Peter Parker. The ordeal also helped him realize that no one would ever believe Peter if he went to school one day and announced that he was Spider-Man. That is, until he webbed them, of course.
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A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017.