Spider-Man: Homecoming is opening July 7, with Tom Holland playing the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. It’s a huge role for the relative newcomer, but — according to an interview Holland gave to Yahoo! Movies — it helps to have friends in high places.
We already knew part of the reason Holland was cast was due to his extensive gymnastic skills, along with the youthful enthusiasm he showed when meeting Robert Downey, Jr. for the first time. Now Holland has revealed he also had a little help from underrated comedic talent Chris Hemsworth.
Holland worked with Hemsworth in Ron Howard’s 2015 misfire In the Heart of the Sea, so he contacted the Thor actor during the audition process to ask him to put a good word in. Did Hemsworth do it? Holland answers:
“He did actually, he did. I sent him an email while auditioning saying sort of like, ‘Hey Chris. So, I’m auditioning for Spider-Man. Can you let them know that I’m amazing or something?’ And he replied like, ‘Hey mate. I’ll let them know you never learn your lines and you are late all the time and you’re terrible at your job.’ “
We’ll assume he also told Holland to replace his own headshot with a photo of Chris Hemsworth shirtless and playing saxophone. Couldn’t hurt.