The British recently stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! with his Spider-Man: Homecoming costar, Robert Downey Jr., where he revealed that he actually went undercover at an American high school to prepare for his role as Peter Parker.
Holland said he initially proposed the undercover mission as a joke, and never thought he’d actually have to go to class.
“I think that was probably the most daunting part of taking on this character. So, as a joke I suggested to Marvel that I should go to a high school undercover, it was completely a joke and Marvel took it completely seriously,” Holland told Jimmy Kimmel.
Marvel was a little too on board with the idea and sent the actor to New York City school.
“The next thing I know I had a backpack, with a pencil case, on my way to Bronx School of Science. I went to school with a fake name and a fake accent,” he explained.
To make matters worse, the high school the studio chose was for accelerated learning, so Holland was even more nervous.
“Bronx School of Science is a school for genius kids, and I am no genius. Even the teachers didn’t know that I was not a real student so they would bring me up to the front of the class and be like, ‘what do you think new kid?’ And I was like, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about,’” he recalled. “It was very embarrassing.”
When Kimmel asked if the actor ever told anyone who he really was, he said he did try to tell one classmate his true identity — but she wasn’t buying it.
“I had one funny experience. I sat in the back of the classroom next to quite a pretty girl and eventually she was like ‘so dude, what’s your deal man?’ I was like, ‘well, do you want to know my secret?’ She’s like, ‘okay,’” Holland revealed about his American high school days.
He then dropped the Spider-Man bomb, and the girl’s reaction was priceless.
“So,[he said] ‘I’m actually Spider-Man.’ She’s like, ‘dude you’re nuts man.’ I’m like no seriously, I’m actually an actor and I’m British and I’m playing Spider-Man and she didn’t believe me,” he said.
Well, she’s going to have to believe him now, because you can see Holland as Peter Parker on the big screen next month!
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.