HE has the moves, the muscles and the money.
But Brit Tom Holland has found a downside to being a superhero — he can’t go to the loo.
While suiting up as Peter Parker’s web-slinging alter-ego for Spider-Man: Homecoming was “incredible”, it was, at times, inconvenient.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the only British publication invited to the Homecoming set in Atlanta, US, Tom said: “I remember the first time I put it on, it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
“But when you need to go to the bathroom it’s not quite as amazing, you’ve got someone trying to hold it this way and . . . you know, it’s not the best.
“I feel at times very naked in it because it is skintight.”
Londoner Tom, 21, who briefly appeared as the Marvel superhero in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, has got form for dressing up.
He got his first taste of fame as ballet-dancing Billy Elliot on the West End stage, where he and had to wear tights and a tutu.
He recalled: “That was just embarrassing in front of 1,500 people every night, but you get used to it.”
Now he is being described as the “hottest Spider-Man ever”.
But transforming himself from a scrawny stage actor to a sculpted superhero was not solely down to doing weights at the gym.
He was given electric shocks as part of his workout to build his strength, insisting his bulging pecs are nothing to do with vanity.
On set The Sun watched as Tom, who is expected to bank at least £2million for the role, prepared for a stunt which would see him leap from a building.
But not even his ripped physique and interest in free running fully prepared him for the intense action scenes in the blockbuster, which is out next month.
Tom said: “Some of the fight scenes are so bad-ass. I was like, ‘I don’t have to do that scene, smashing my face into the floor, do I? It’s CGI, isn’t it?’ They’re like, ‘No, we’re going to get you to do that’.
“I bang myself up quite a bit. So I had a reason to train rather than, ‘Oh, I want to look good’.
“I did this weird electric training where you wear pads and it electrocutes you as you train. It’s very strange but it works.”
He is happy to show off the results away from the Marvel universe, posting pictures of his ripped torso to his 1.9million followers on Instagram. And last month, he performed Rihanna hit Umbrella in a leather dress for MTV show Lip Sync Battle.
It is that kind of exuberance that has made the US fall in love with Tom. He is the most in-demand young Brit actor, having also won this year’s Bafta EE Rising Star Award.
And he can expect Oscar buzz for upcoming Thomas Edison movie The Current War, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.
Not that he is one for hype.
Despite Homecoming putting him on the verge of superstardom — and with more bumper paydays as Spider-Man, both solo and with the Avengers, to come — he insists he is a mummy’s boy who has to help wash up.
Tom said: “I am definitely the same person I was. I am still doing the dishes at home.
“I am living here with my best mate, but I can’t wait to get back to London. I keep my friends really close and my family closer.”
Home is Kingston upon Thames, South West London, with mum Nikki, a photographer, and dad Dominic, a writer and comedian who was a regular on British telly in the Nineties.
Dominic, who had a nervous breakdown in 2000 when his career stalled, wrote a book in 2013 called How Tom Holland Eclipsed His Dad.
In it, he notes wryly: “I was not expecting this to happen quite so soon, and in my own chosen profession, really.”
It was Nikki who noticed young Tom had natural rhythm, so she signed him up for dance classes.
They led to an audition for Billy Elliot and, despite never having done ballet, show director Stephen Daldry cast the then 12-year-old as the lead.
The break paid off. Rave reviews followed for his first film performance, as Lucas in 2012 disaster movie The Impossible, and led to an audition for Spider-Man.
Tom was up against one of his best friends, Charlie Rowe, for the role and had time to make three films, including 2015’s In The Heart Of The Sea, between the audition and being told he had got the part.
Tom said: “Charlie is a very good friend. It was the most stressful time of my life.
"It was the just not knowing. It was four or five months. When I found out I went nuts.“
Homecoming also stars Michael Keaton as baddie The Vulture and Robert Downey Jnr returns as genius mentor Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.
Disney star Zendaya features as Michelle, while his love interest is model-turned-actress Laura Harrier, who plays Liz.
Tom split from his own childhood sweetheart, Elle Lotherington, while making Spider-Man, leaving her heartbroken.
She wrote on Instagram at the time: “Your time is precious. Don’t waste it on someone who doesn’t realise that you are, too.”
In February he was pictured cosying up to actress Ella Purnell.
Single or not, Tom has plenty to keep him busy.
He is taking on the role of a young Nathan Drake in the film version of Uncharted, which will serve as a prequel to the hit computer game series.
And he is hooking up with the Avengers for next year’s Infinity War.
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He is also eyeing up an iconic future role. Tom said: “It was Spider-Man and James Bond, they were the two characters I want to be.
“The fact that one of them has come true makes me the luckiest youngster around. And who knows about James Bond, maybe in 20 years.
"They are recasting at the moment. Maybe he’ll have a kid. He probably does with all the sleeping around he does. So ‘Hello, Dad’.”
The future of Spider-Man rests on Tom’s shoulders. If it flops, it is unlikely there will be an appetite for any more after Andrew Garfield’s version failed to take off.
Kirsten Dunst recently questioned whether anyone would better Tobey Maguire’s original, in which she played his love interest Mary Jane.
That certainly won’t put him off coming back for more.
Tom said: “When Civil War came out I got such a fantastic response from the fans.
“I am going to love it as long as they want me to keep doing it.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 5.
Source : https://www.thesun.ie/tvandshowbiz/1140038/as-the-hottest-spider-man-actor-yet-tom-holland-loves-showing-off-muscles-in-spidey-suit-but-admits-its-hard-work-going-to-the-loo/