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Bloopers That Make Us Love Tom Holland Even More

You know him, you love him. Tom Holland achieved widespread fame when he became the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Peter Parker in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War." Since then, he's reached superstar status, as his stint as Spider-Man spawned a full trilogy, alongside an impressive résumé of non-Marvel projects. His charisma is present in the dynamic characters he plays, from a dorkish elf in Pixar's "Onward" to a globe-trotting adventurer in "Uncharted." In candid interviews, Holland wins over reporters and viewers with spontaneous riffs with co-stars like Benedict Cumberbatch or his on-screen/real-life girlfriend, Zendaya. On social media, Holland again carries a charm, even when he's accidentally spoiling Marvel secrets.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Tom Holland is a pretty fun guy to have around on a film set when mess-ups inevitably happen. Or at least, that's what it seems like from these bloopers that make us love him even more than we already did. (Warning: To give context for each blooper, we'll talk about the scene it takes place in, so spoilers ahead for any movie discussed.)

Falling into Jake Gyllenhaal's arms

Superhero films have a lot of action, and in the endless jumps, kicks, and flips required of an actor in such sequences, there are bound to be a few times someone loses their balance.

In "Spider-Man: Far From Home," Tom Holland's Peter Parker and Jake Gyllenhaal's Quentin Beck (aka Mysterio) battle against the Fire Elemental at a carnival in Prague. It's later revealed that the monster is actually a projection manipulated by Beck, but the collateral damage inflicted by Beck's special effects team is very much real. After faking a heroic sacrifice and "defeating" the monster, Beck lies motionless on the ground and Peter jumps down from a Ferris wheel to check on him. 

However, in the filming of the scene, Holland's balance skills weren't so graceful, and in attempting to land, he ate it pretty hard. After stumbling repeatedly, Holland could've chosen to break character and end the scene. Instead, he continued to make his way toward Gyllenhaal and amusingly continued to fall ... right into Gyllenhaal's arms. (You wouldn't have done the same thing?)

Laughing at Tony Stark's legacy

Tony Stark meant a lot to Peter Parker, and Stark's death in "Avengers: Endgame" is a prominent emotional thread of "Spider-Man: Far From Home" as Peter grieves his mentor's loss. A major moment in the film comes when Peter gives the glasses that Stark bequeathed him to Quentin Beck, feeling unworthy to carry on the legacy of Iron Man.

The plot beat in the story is serious and somewhat heartbreaking as Peter struggles with his insecurities and grapples with the aftermath of Stark's death. You wouldn't know that at all, though, from just watching the attempt to film the scene. Despite an emotional moment in the script, Tom Holland couldn't keep from laughing. Take after take, he lost his composure. The scene was an over-the-shoulder shot, with Holland (and the camera) facing Gyllenhaal. After a few failed attempts and unable to keep from laughing, Holland finally asked the crew, "Can you see my face?" When the answer was "no," he gave himself permission to at least smile since the camera wouldn't catch it. 

Of course, that didn't work. Gyllenhaal joked, "Are you kidding? Your whole body is moving!" The two tried to workshop the blocking of the scene a few different ways, but each try ended with Holland in fits of laughter. So next time you watch that tear-jerking pub scene, just remember Holland really was fighting back tears ... not from sadness but from laughter.

Tom Holland fills in for the director

"Spider-Man: Far From Home" being centered around Peter Parker and his classmates taking a field trip to Europe meant that the crew traveled to film on location. When shooting in Venice, Italy, it seems that the beautiful scenery may have been a little too breathtaking.

As Tom Holland stood outside for a scene with Jacob Batalon — who plays Peter's friend, Ned — the silent standing was going on for a little bit longer than anticipated. Taking the scene by the horns, Holland interjected, "That's when you say your line, Jacob!" with a cross between the joking tone of a bud and the authoritative tone of a director. Batalon countered, "You say it first!" Holland seemed to know the script better. He replied, "You go, 'What's going on?'" Batalon knowingly conceded, "Is it me first?" and Holland made a look to camera that would make Jim Halpert proud. "Directed by Tom Holland" has a pretty nice ring to it!

Challenging Mysterio to a push-up contest

A lot of strength training goes into being a Marvel star. As effortless as the actors make their abilities look on-screen, it's actually a lot of preparation paying off. Just as an athlete practices before games, action stars have intense workouts to get them ready for filming as world-famous superheroes. And sometimes, apparently, it's still not enough.

The tense climactic battle of "Spider-Man: Far From Home" comes when Peter Parker faces his fears and steps up to challenge Mysterio on the London Bridge. In the story, Peter is challenging the villain's authority. In real life, on the set of the scene, Holland challenged Gyllenhaal to something else — a push-up contest. Clips from the interaction show the pair made it at least to 20, and eventually, Gyllenhaal tapped out! He quickly quipped, "I'll get the next one." Spidey sense and arm strength? Tom Holland just keeps winning.

Hi, I'm Tony

"Captain America: Civil War" had a lot of moving parts, including the MCU debuts for Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther and Tom Holland's Spider-Man. The first time we see Peter Parker in the MCU, Tony Stark makes a surprise visit to his apartment and chats with Aunt May as Peter arrives home from school. The two have never met, Stark is a billionaire, and Peter is a high school student. So the character is understandably nervous, and it turns out Tom Holland might have been too.

Extending his arm for a handshake in the scene, Holland flubbed his dialogue, accidentally saying, "Hi, I'm Tony." Embarrassed, he immediately broke character and corrected himself. "No, I'm not Tony!" It's not like you can blame him, though. This is the first time the audience will ever see you as one of Marvel's most iconic superheroes, and your first scene is with the originator of the MCU itself? That's some serious pressure.

Method (voice) acting

If you thought Spider-Man and Star-Lord had some fun chemistry in "Avengers: Infinity War," well, Pixar thought so too. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt played brothers in "Onward," a computer-animated fantasy about two elves who discover they can bring their late father back to life for one day.

You'd think with voiceover work, there might not be as much acting involved in playing a role. And perhaps when a character is supposed to have some sort of distortion in their voice, that could be something that's digitized during post-production. That wasn't the case for our favorite over-achiever, Tom Holland.

One scene called for Pratt's character, Barley, to put Holland's character, Ian, in a brotherly chokehold for messing with his D&D-esque figurines in the middle of a campaign. During the voiceover recording session, Holland literally put force on his own throat while in the recording booth. This wasn't just for a few seconds but for the duration of the scene. Surely there had to be a way around that, but the commitment to the role is evident nonetheless.

Great responsibility

It's interesting to observe a lack of consistency in Tom Holland's blooper antics. Sometimes he remains firmly in character, even while funny stuff unfurls around him. Other times, he unmistakably breaks character on purpose for the sake of a joke to give the crew a laugh. This is an example of the latter.

In 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming," Peter's decathlon team from school is about to head to a tournament in Washington, D.C. Peter wants out of the commitment to take on more Spider-Man duties, which he covers for by saying he's in a Stark internship. In speaking with his teacher, Peter says, "I've got a lot of responsibility with it." On the set, Holland delivered the line and then — without missing a beat – looked directly to camera and said, "With great power, comes great responsibility." A crew member gave a hearty chuckle in the background.

While that iconic Spidey line would eventually make its way into Holland's version of Spider-Man, it would have to wait four more years and a whole lot of trauma later for it to become canon for the MCU's Peter Parker.

Tom Holland's morbid ad-lib

Part of Peter Parker's story in every version brought to screen so far has been Aunt May being a parental figure to him. This, of course, means the absence of Peter's parents. Among the three live-action versions of Spider-Man brought to life over the past two decades, Andrew Garfield's "Amazing Spider-Man" movies provided the most thorough backstory about what happened to Peter's mom and dad. Tom Holland's trilogy doesn't mention them at all. And if they did, we would probably assume the situation would be addressed with a serious tone.

Therefore, it comes as somewhat of a jolting shock for Tom Holland to casually namedrop Peter's parents and deliver a gruesome joke at the same time while filming "Spider-Man: Homecoming." In the movie, Peter's classmate, Liz, invites him to an epic party. When he arrives, Peter remarks how cool it is that her parents let her throw such an amazing night. In the moment, Holland fumbled through the scene a few times and had a hard time getting the line right. In one take, he found himself continuing into an improvised follow-up sentence — "My parents are dead" — before immediately breaking into laughter with everyone on set. Not exactly how you'd expect that to go down.

Not Doctor Strange

Before they teamed up as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch starred together in "The Current War," a historical drama about the dawn of electricity in the United States. Cumberbatch played the inventor of the light bulb himself, Thomas Edison, while Holland played Samuel Insull, a business associate of Edison's.

Footage from an on-location outdoor shoot for the film shows Holland and Cumberbatch in period-specific costumes (Holland's complete with sideburns) alongside decidedly 21st-century crew members, an amusing sight in itself. The two actors hugged and then laughed for a few moments, something the stern, determined counterparts they were playing probably wouldn't have done. The audio is spotty, but Holland then appeared to crack a joke, freezing his face and then saying, "Who's that?" We might never know the lead-in building to the punchline, but we're 100% positive it had to have been the world's funniest joke.

It's hard to say if Holland and Cumberbatch knew while filming "The Current War" that they would soon share scenes together in "Avengers: Infinity War" (much less co-star as main cast members together years later in "Spider-Man: No Way Home"). Nonetheless, they both at that point had already made their MCU debuts, and the established rapport as members of the Marvel family seems evident.

Safety first

As part of the promotional campaign for 2021's "Spider-Man: No Way Home," Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon filmed a Hyundai commercial in character as Peter Parker and Ned Leeds. In the ad, Peter, for reasons unknown, is staying in a hotel in the middle of nowhere and walks to his next destination along the highway before being picked up by Ned in a Hyundai. There are many questions that go unanswered in this commercial (Tom Holland's Peter Parker singing the "Spider-Man" song? A scarecrow meant to resemble Mysterio? What is this advertisement?), but for the sake of this article, there were also some bloopers.

Just after hopping in Ned's car, Peter glances at the navigation and sees they have a long way to go. (Again, where are they? Why are they there? We'll never know.) He then asks, "What are we gonna do for 300 miles?" When filming, that's when the off-camera director butted in and replied, "We're gonna put our seatbelts on." Whoops! Holland had forgotten to strap in inside the car, which, by the way, was shot in front of a green screen and not on a real road. In character, he kept the scene rolling and quipped, "Oh, that's right!" while scurrying to put on his seatbelt. Click it or ticket, Parker! 

The mo-cap suit

There's a tense moment in 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War" when Chris Pratt's Star-Lord grabs Tom Holland's Spider-Man and presses a blaster to his face. It's a misunderstanding as each character thinks the other is working for Thanos, having just arrived on Thanos' home planet, Titan.

What could be a very suspenseful scene in the movie is ultimately played for laughs as the heroes untangle their confusion, and the filming had an even looser atmosphere than that. Mid-chokehold, something caught Chris Pratt off guard and he started laughing, burying his face into Tom Holland's shoulder. Holland immediately went from being in character as a very nervous Peter Parker to out of character as a giggling colleague.

This blooper is made even better because it's a reminder that Holland wore a motion-capture suit anytime Peter Parker donned the Iron Spider Armor. In the story, this suit is made from Tony Stark's nanotechnology. In real life, that meant a physical costume couldn't do everything the supersuit could, so Holland wore a mo-cap outfit. This allowed special effects artists the ability to bring the nanotech to life in post-production by tracking Holland's movements with what was mapped by his suit. So the next time you watch Spider-Man swing into battle on Titan, just imagine Tom Holland doing all of that in a gray onesie with triangles all over him.

Tom Holland gets in character

One of the most epic moments in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes in 2019's "Avengers: Endgame" as the largest group of MCU heroes ever gathers together to fight Thanos for the Infinity Gauntlet. Just before charging forward into battle, dozens of iconic characters (and therefore dozens of Hollywood's biggest movie stars) strike a dramatic pose. You can probably remember the chills you had seeing this moment on the big screen, in the pause just before Captain America declared "Avengers, assemble" for the first and only time in the MCU.

For as badass as this moment had to be, the actors knew they had to get it right. In close proximity to one another were Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, and Dave Bautista as Drax. Moments before the scene was shot, as everyone took their marks, Pratt rallied the group for what they all had to have known was a big moment. "Nobody pull a hamstring," Pratt pleaded, wiggling his legs in preparation. "Warm your butt cheeks up. Warm up your butt cheeks!" Holland glanced over to Pratt amusingly, and then as a crew member called for everyone to get in position, he immediately locked into Peter Parker game face mode faster than a Thanos snap. Impressive.

How funny could a handshake be?

Sometimes it's almost impossible to get a decent take when shooting a movie or television show because suddenly everything is funny for no reason and the actors simply can't get it together. That was certainly the case for Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of 2019's "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

The scene in question is simple enough: Holland's Peter Parker meets Gyllenhaal's Quentin Beck for the first time, and the two characters shake hands. Easy, right? Wrong. Holland started the long string of flubbed takes by laughing, and things only got worse with a blocking suggestion from the director to "get a tiny bit closer," which sent both actors into a laughing fit. Gyllenhaal, mid-laughter, pleaded to Holland, "Come on, man," but in the next take it was Gyllenhaal who broke first. Holland jokingly accused, "You just laughed at my performance!" Gyllenhaal rebutted, "You were looking around so far so you couldn't look at me, which made me laugh!" 

After that, the pair's handshake hadn't even begun before Holland laughed again and Gyllenhaal sarcastically conceded to the crew, "I don't think the shot works." The attempt to get a usable take drifted so far that in one of them, Holland and Gyllenhaal interlocked their arms before treating themselves to slices of watermelon. The finished shot, blooper-free, is in the movie, so eventually they held it together long enough for a simple hand shake. Sympathy to director Jon Watts.