Tom Holland Star Wars Audition Story For John Boyega Role

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“I just couldn’t stop laughing.”

Alright, so you probably know Tom Holland as the star of the mega-popular Marvel Spider-Man franchise.


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Well, during his episode of Hot Ones, Tom explained how he could have been the star of a whole other franchise — yup, Finn in Star Wars.


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When asked if he didn’t get the role because he couldn’t stop laughing during the audition, he said, “I don’t think that’s the reason why I didn’t get the role, I think John Boyega was just better for the role than me.”

However, he did indeed get the giggles when, in his audition, a woman really committed to making droid noises. “I just remember thinking, ‘There’s no way this lady’s going to read the robot’s lines opposite me’ — just because that would be ridiculous,” he explained. “I don’t remember what my line was, but it was [something like], ‘Let’s get back to the falcon!’ and this lady, bless her, would sit there with full commitment and was like, ‘Be-boop-be-boop.'”

Tom thought it would be a funny, one-time kinda thing — but he was mistaken. “I remember saying, ‘You’re not actually going to do that, right?’ and she was like, ‘Well yeah, the robot’s part of the scene, he’s the character!'”


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While he doesn’t remember exactly who the robot was, he mentioned that it was likely R2-D2.

“I just got the giggles, because you know when you realize you’ve got something so wrong? I just couldn’t stop laughing,” he added.

Given that the Star Wars cast was announced in 2014 and Tom’s casting as Spider-Man was revealed the following year, it looked like things worked out pretty well overall!


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