Tom Holland is no stranger to hard physical training, which he did a lot to portray the Marvel superhero Spider-Man. But when it came to preparing to play the lead role in the actor’s upcoming feature film Cherry, Holland realized he would have to undergo a different, much more difficult form of training to lose nearly 30 pounds. In an interview with GQ, Holland admitted that he would have a hard time making an equally intense sacrifice for a future role.
“I had to lose a lot of weight for Cherry. And I don’t think I would ever do that again. I lost about 27 pounds running in a garbage bag every day … It was awful. Really. It was only about ten weeks after the recordings I realized what I was getting into and what I need to do to get into the role. So I sat down with my trainer, George Ashwell, and he said to me, ‘Right, you only need 500 calories a day and ten miles. Running Great It was cruel And then accumulating, from being a drug addict to shooting scenes like a Marine I actually got very sick And it completely changed my relationship with food I think I would find it very difficult to a role that would justify that kind of abuse of my body. “
Based on the autobiographical novel Cherry by Nico Walker, the film tells the story of the titular character, played by Holland, who serves in the army and suffers from PTSD due to his war experiences abroad. Cherry returns home struggling with his mental health and turning to opioids for relief.
That, in turn, starts a vicious cycle of addiction that leads Cherry to become a petty crook and rob banks to feed his habit. It was a difficult task portraying such a desperate character Tom Holland, and not just in terms of physical weight loss training. According to the film’s co-director Joe Russo, Cherry could have worked only if Holland had been able to empathize the audience with his character’s haunted journey.
“This character makes bad choices. We knew the audience would struggle with the lead, so we needed someone who was charming and empathetic to carry them through. Cherry’s mission was to give people an emotional response to the material. , not an intellectual response. You tend to intellectualize if you distance yourself from the main character. Tom’s incredible charm can counter that. After reading the book, we felt that the only person who could play this and the right level of empathy, Tom was. “
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Cherry features a main cast consisting of Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Jeff Wahlberg, Forrest Goodluck, Kyle Harvey and Michael Gandolfini. The film is currently showing in select theaters and is available to view on Apple TV +. GQ magazine.
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