Tom Holland went through a physical transformation for his new movie, Cherry. While speaking with British GQ he described that the transformation got him “very sick” during the grueling process. Holland apparently lost around 27lb of weight and called the experience “awful”.
“It was only about 10 weeks out of shooting that I realized 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.”
Tom Holland’s Cherry is a movie about an army veteran who transforms into a bank robber to fulfill his opioid addiction. It depicts the life of a soldier after the war is over and how young men are affected by marine life.
The movie is based on an autobiographical novel “Cherry” by Nico Walker. Along with Holland the movie stars Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli and Jeff Wahlberg. Directed by the Russo brothers the movie also required Tom Holland to put up wait again in order to shoot a scene as a marine.
“And then bulking up, going from a drug addict to shooting 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.”
The Russo Brothers Say Tom Holland was the only person who could do this role
While the actor had a “brutal” experience with the physical changes, the Russo brothers felt that it was an “important issue” for them to highlight. They said that they have seen friends and family members who have died from an overdose.
“We are from Cleveland … It’s part of the country that suffered a lot of economic strife over the last few decades. And there’s a general sense of a lack of forward momentum when you grow up there,” said Joe Russo. “We’ve had friends and family members who have died from overdoses and others who are struggling with their sobriety. So this was a very important issue for us to spotlight.”
The directors also explained how they thought that Spiderman star was their best choice for the role. As they had a “particular taste” in their work style and are “extremely opinionated and very bullish” in their work.
“This character makes bad choices,” Joe Russo explains. “We knew the audience would have difficulty with the lead, so we needed someone who was charming and empathetic to carry them through. The mission with Cherry was to make people have an emotional response to the material, not an intellectual response.”
The director continued about Tom Holland and said, “You tend to intellectualise when you are distanced from the lead character. Tom’s incredible charm can counteract that. After we read the book we felt that the only person who could play this and carry the correct level of empathy was Tom.”
“I think we were doing some ADR work after Avengers: Infinity War and we asked him outright. He threw himself 150 per cent in, physically, emotionally, spiritually – it takes its toll, this kind of material, you know?”