Tom Holland says he got ‘very sick’ during dramatic transformation for Cherry: ‘It was brutal’

Actor lost 27lbs for the role as a former marine turned drug addict

Roisin O'Connor
Friday 26 February 2021 12:44
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Tom Holland has described the physical transformation he underwent for his new film, Cherry, revealing he got “very sick” during the gruelling process.

The Spider-Man star, who appears on the cover of the April issue of British GQ, plays the title role in the Russo Brothers movie, about an army veteran who becomes a bank robber to fuel his drug addiction.

The 24-year-old apparently lost around 27lb, calling the experience “awful”.

“It was only about 10 weeks out of shooting that I realised what I was getting into and what I need to do to transform into the role,” he said.

“So I sat down with my trainer, George Ashwell, and he told me ‘Right, you need to eat only 500 calories a day and run 10 miles. Go.’ Great. It was brutal.”

Holland’s ordeal wasn’t over, however, as he then had to bulk up again in order to shoot scenes as a marine.

“I got very sick, actually,” he said. “And it's changed my relationship with food completely. I think I would find it very difficult to find a role that would warrant that sort of abuse on my body again.”

He continued by saying the role had taken him to “some of the darkest places I have ever been, emotionally, physically, anythingly... I would never go back there again, not for anyone”.

“I am pleased I did it, but that door is now closed and locked,” he added.

Cherry is based on the book of the same name, and will premiere on Apple TV+ in March.

The full GQ interview will be available in April as a digital download, and in print on 4 March.

Holland is now working on his return as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the forthcoming third film in the franchise, where he will be joined by recurring stars Zendaya (MJ) and Jacob Batalon (Peter’s best friend Ned Leeds).

He revealed this week that he is no longer contracted to play Peter Parker after Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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The actor has portrayed the webslinger in two previous Spider-Man films, as well as Captain America: Civil War and two Avengers movies.

Though Holland says No Way Home, which is scheduled for release at the end of the year, is the last Spider-Man film he has agreed to star in, he expressed his willingness to do more in the future.

Speaking to Collider, Holland said:“[No Way Home] would be my last one [under contract]... I’ve always said to them if they want me back I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

“If they want me back I’ll be there, if they don’t I will walk off into the sunset a very, very happy person because it’s been an amazing journey.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

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