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Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Tom Holland

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Written by Sean Harris He danced his way to superhero stardom. Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 5 things you may not have known about Tom Holland! For this list, we’ve gathered the finest facts about the “Spider-Man” actor, and ranked all the info for all your trivia needs. Special thanks to our user WordToTheWes for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tom Holland


He danced his way to superhero stardom. Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 5 things you may not have known about Tom Holland!

For this list, we’ve gathered the finest facts about the “Spider-Man” actor, and ranked all the info for all your trivia needs.

#5: He’s a West End Star

Long before he was our ‘friendly neighbourhood’ anything, Tom trod the boards as an emerging star of London’s theatre scene. Holland seemingly inherits his artistic streak from his parents, and especially his father, who carved his career as a writer and comedian. As a budding actor, Tom attended the prestigious BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology – which also counts musicians like Imogen Heap, Amy Winehouse and Adele among its alumni. From there, Holland scored a role in “Billy Elliott the Musical” – first as Billy’s best mate Michael, and then as Billy himself. Suffice to say, this guy’s also a very talented dancer.

#4: He Almost Rolled with The Rock

Released over Christmas in 2017, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” proved a hugely popular holiday hit, enjoying extended runs in cinemas around the world. And Tom was almost part of the action. Holland had been billed to play Nick Jonas’ character, Alex. But then he went and bagged a little-known, web-slinging role in the MCU, and a Spidey-sized scheduling clash meant that Holland abandoned the “Jumanji” project. That said, his CV is stacked with other significant parts, including his first feature-length role in “The Impossible”, a recurring role in TV’s “Wolf Hall” and voice work for the English dub of Studio Ghibli’s “Arrietty”.

#3: Fitness Shocker

Tom’s transformation into the wall-climbing, zip-lining, high-school crime fighter we all know and love didn’t just happen overnight. Becoming Spider-Man meant some serious training for Holland, who built on the strength and physique he’d already gained from years of “Billy Elliot”. But in amongst the endless high-intensity circuits and lengthy sessions at prestigious boxing gyms, Tom swears by the unconventional (and quite controversial) fitness technique, Electronic Muscle Stimulation. A training method which sees Holland hook up his arms, legs and torso to a machine that zaps electricity through his body, causing his muscles to contract around 80 times a second, it’s the next best thing to a radioactive spider bite. Apparently.

#2: Undercover Superhero

Of course, a massive part of Peter Parker’s charm is that he’s just a regular kind of kid – most of the time. But Tom, being British, wasn’t all that up to speed with the average American school. So, Holland learnt the ropes by posing as a student at the Bronx High School of Science. The actor shadowed senior student Arun Bishop for a couple of days, convincing everyone that he was Arun’s cousin, Ben, by adopting a US accent and building an elaborate ‘my father’s in the military and he’s been re-stationed’ backstory. It was a mostly authentic experience – including Peter Parker-like classes on engineering and technology – until Tom blew his own cover. Only then did the students’ Spidey sensors kick in.

#1: Spidey Sports

As we’ve already seen, Tom took on a tonne of training to suit up as Spider-Man. But, speed and agility is always something that Holland has excelled at – and he’s pretty fearless, too. He goes free running in his spare time, and he’s a seriously skilled gymnast. Give him a trampoline and he’ll up the ante even further. His social media accounts are peppered with clips of him performing various impressive stunts, and he supposedly sealed the deal during Spidey auditions by nailing a succession of somersaults. He credits his “Billy Elliot” ballet training as where it all began, but Tom seems custom-built to beat up bad guys as Spidey. Michael Keaton never stood a chance.
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