01 Mar Tom Holland Opens Up About Intense ‘Cherry’ Role to British GQ
“This role took me to some of the darkest places I have ever been, emotionally, physically, anythingly…” the 24-year-old actor confessed.
Different from his usual endearing, boy-next-door roles, Holland finds himself playing an opioid addicted army medic in “Cherry.” Stepping out of his comfort zone was a challenge for Holland.
“Have you ever taken heroin before? Because I have not,” he said.
Holland recalled struggling with recreating some of the most intense moments on-screen.
“I needed to make the drug taking and drug aftermath look realistic.”
For this role, the “Spider-Man” actor had to undergo a grueling transformation.
The film was shot in chapters, meaning he had to lose a lot of weight for the drug addiction moments of Cherry’s life, and then bulk up really quickly to portray the scenes where Cherry served the US Army.
“I lost around 27lbs by running in a bin bag every day,” he revealed.
His trainer, George Ashwell, apparently instructed him to restrict his diet to just 500 calories a day, accompanied with ten miles of running.
Despite the challenges, co-directors Joseph and Anthony Russo, believe that Holland’s stark and haunting portrayal of such a distraught and morally conflicted character, will leave audiences impressed.