Spider-Man: No Way Home: Tom Holland tells behind the scenes of the farewell scene

Spider-Man: No Way Home

“This moment was inspired by something that actually happened.”

Proud holder of the new admissions record for a film in the Spider-Man franchise (beating the unmissable Spiderman of 2002), Spider-Man: No Way Home owes its success to its plot but also to its casting, and in particular to the return of the former interpreters of Le Tisseur. Confronting the different characters who have marked the universe of Spider-Man, Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire have indeed teamed up to close the rifts in Doctor Strange’s multiverse and save everyone. An intense struggle, culminating in a heartbreaking farewell between the three actors. A very moving scene, which Tom Holland recounts behind the scenes in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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Referring to the last scene of the trio, which sees the former Spider-Man (Garfield and Maguire) return to their universes, Tom Holland explains that before being filmed, the farewells between the three actors took place off-camera. “We were on set shooting the scene on the roof where I first meet the boys, and before one of the takes… It must have been my close-up or something. It was a scene that really, really required me to bring emotion to the shot, says Holland. So I approached the two boys at the level where they were standing, and I said to them: ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this. Thank you for being here. Thank you for raising Spider-Man the way you did. Thank you for being so gracious and allowing me to share this with you. Thank you for taking a leap of faith and coming back.’ Tobey hadn’t played in almost 10 years, so we all hugged each other, and we all cried because it meant so much to us.”

A moment of complicity captured by Jon Watts, Amy Pascal and the screenwriterswho then insisted that it be reproduced on the screen. “They saw that moment between the three of us and said to each other: ‘Brilliant ! Now we know how they will say goodbye.’ So basically we just re-enacted that very real moment between the three of us.”

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