Actors on Actors: Daniel Kaluuya & Tom Holland

Feb 5, 2021 | Articles

Two Marvel Cinematic Universe members, Tom Holland and Daniel Kaluuya went deep on the elaborate process that is joining Kevin Feige’s superhero team and how joining the Marvel movies opened doors for their current 2021 films.

The Oscar-nominated Kaluuya, was actually approached for his next role in “Judas And The Black Messiah” while doing reshoots for “Black Panther” by director Ryan Coogler. “He pulled me aside and was like, ‘We’re making a Fred Hampton film, and we’d really love you to play Fred Hampton.'”

Holland also had a Marvel-connection to his role in “Cherry.” While doing ADR for the “Avengers: Endgame” the Russo brothers approached the actor about their next project. “They sort of took me aside and said, ‘We want to make this movie. It’s about a kid who suffers from PTSD and falls into drug addiction and ends up robbing banks. Would you be interested?’ When they offered me the job, I was just really excited. And then when I read the script for the first time, I was like, ‘There’s no way I can make this film. I’ll fall apart. I can’t hold onto a character like this for so long.'”

Holland also dove into the elaborate auditioning process for his Spider-Man role. Revealing that after he made it all the way to a chemistry test with Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., it was his improvisation skills (something he was specifically told not to do) that helped land him the gig.