We’re not sure if this counts as method acting but Tom Holland certainly went to great lengths to research the Peter Parker side of his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Parker is, of course, a high school geek. An American high school geek. And Tom Holland is an English actor so he never went to American high school. So he decided to rectify that situation.
During a live Q&A on the Spider-Man Facebook Page, Holland revealed, “The coolest thing I think I did for the movie was I was enrolled in a high school in New York, in the Bronx, as a secret. 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. It was really fun. It was really interesting because New York high schools are so different to schools that I went to in London. Where I went to a school where you have to wear a suit and tie and it’s all boys, and for me it was the first time that I was in a classroom with girls. It was a really strange experience, it was really fun.”
He did let one class mate in on the secret.
“I told one kid at the school. I was like ‘Hey man, listen, I’m actually Spider-Man.’ He did not believe me… At the time I hadn’t made the movie, so I didn’t have any pictures to show him to prove that I was Spider-Man…. Which is actually a good thing, because it makes me think that if Peter Parker went up in his school and was like ‘I’m Spider-Man,’ everyone would be like ‘Nah dude, no you’re not.’”
IN RELATED NEWS: Sony has already confirmed that a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming has been pencilled in for 2019.