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Tom Holland Says Jon Bernthal Once Smacked Him In The Face

Claire Reid

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Tom Holland Says Jon Bernthal Once Smacked Him In The Face

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Tom Holland has revealed that Jon Bernthal once slapped him across the face. 

The Spider-Man: No Way Home starred alongside Bernthal in medieval drama Pilgrimage, where Holland admitted to having a slightly unusual technique to prepare for a scene and enlisted the help of his castmate. 

Appearing on Hot Ones, Holland munched his way through some spicy wings and shared a story about the time his fellow Marvel star whacked him in the face before filming a scene. 

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

He explained: “I remember doing a scene with him… sometimes, if you’re an actor and you’re doing a scene , like, real stress, I find it quite helpful if someone kind of roughs me up a little bit. 

“And I said to Jon, 'Mate, before the scene, could you just rough me up a bit? Just scare me a little bit, please'. And he was like, 'Nah, man, I don't wanna do that. You're my little brother. I love you, man'.

However, it seems that a surprise attack is more Bernthal's style because as soon as the cameras started to roll he slapped right across the chops. 

"It was great," Holland said. "And it worked so well for the scene, but he just didn't want me to know it was coming. 

“He properly cracked me one." 

He went on: "I look back on that as a very fond experience, and meeting him was one of the highlights... We haven't had the chance to work together since, but I would love to."

But it appears there’s no hard feelings as Holland also said: “I love him so much. He is one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met.”

Earlier this week, Holland cleared up some comments he made about his future as the web-slinger. 

In an interview with GQ, Holland said if he was still Spider-Man at 30 then he will have ‘done something wrong’. 

Tom Holland and Jon Bernthal in Pilgrimage. Credit: Alamy
Tom Holland and Jon Bernthal in Pilgrimage. Credit: Alamy

However, he now says his comments were ‘misconstrued’ and attempted to clarify what he actually meant. 

The actor told Extra’s Cheslie Kryst: “This is a perfect example of how everything you say is always misconstrued and no-one actually speaks the truth. 

"I don't know whether I'm going to be a part of it. Spider-Man will always live on in me and I know that [producer] Amy [Pascal] and the studio are keen to figure out what the next chapter of Spider-Man looks like.

"If that happens to be with me, then that's very exciting but, you know, if it's time for me to walk away then I'll do so proudly.

"What I was referring to, in that interview, by saying, ‘if I was still playing Spider-Man by the time I was 30 I’d be doing something wrong’, it's because I would be taking up an opportunity for someone to come in and change what being Spider-Man means.”

Topics: Marvel, TV and Film, Tom Holland, Spider-Man

Claire Reid
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