‘Avengers: Endgame’: Tom Holland Reveals How He Celebrated the Blockbuster’s Success
While the future of Spider-Man seems uncertain for now at the movies, there’s a surprising way Spider-Man actor Tom Holland likes to celebrate his film success. The actor reportedly celebrated the box-office hit of Avengers: Endgame by playing golf.
Tom Holland’s eagle has landed
Holland is athletic by nature, which surely must have helped in his audition to play Spider-Man when he was still a teenager. One of his performing talents to reveal itself was dancing, which he took up in his native England. That proved to be the gateway to show business, as Holland’s big break was starring in Billy Elliot The Musical on London’s West End before he was a teenager.
That opportunity led to other acting gigs, with his first film appearance being in The Impossible, which was based on the true story of a family struggling to survive the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed more than a quarter-million lives. Somewhere in this time period, he took up golfing thanks to his father. Eventually, the game became an escape for him, especially as his fame grew.
An article about Holland in GQ notes that Holland golfs on public and private courses and on press tours. It has become not only an escape but a compulsion.
“I don’t know what has happened,” Holland says, “but it has become my addiction. I go to sleep thinking about playing golf the next day.”
Spider-Man is noisy, golf is quiet
Holland has spoken about the rigorous workouts he takes on to ensure that he’s fit to play Spider-Man, so at first glance, golf might seem like a puzzling choice for a sport. While it’s a challenging game, it’s not known for the kind of physical rigor it takes to play a superhero. On the other hand, it’s more leisurely atmosphere can be appealing for someone looking for a break from the intensity of fame, especially Spider-Man level fame.
“I literally cannot sleep past 5 a.m.,” he told GQ. “So I wake up and I come and play golf by myself. And there’s no one really on the golf course. I must have played this golf course 200 times and I’ve never had a hole in one. Okay?”
The GQ interviewer notes that Holland’s game is “spectacular,” with one game going like this:
“We decide that (Holland) will give me one stroke per hole, to make things reasonably fair. My first shot is good. “You’re trying to hustle me, man,” he says. I relay this because it’s the last good moment I’ll have, during this round, and I have pride, too. With the help of my extra stroke, we split the hole. That will be the only time this happens.”
Golf is Tom Holland’s reward to himself
Many people use their hobbies as a way to reward themselves for a job well done, and Holland is no different. When Avengers: Endgame hit its box office milestone, Holland went golfing to celebrate, although that backfired on him. He called golf a “humbling” sport that brought him back down to earth fast when he played a bad game.
Still, this year has had many more highs than lows for Holland, with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home both making more than $1 billion worldwide. Even when the news broke that Spider-Man would no longer be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Disney and Sony could not agree on terms to extend the deal — Holland put a positive spin on the news.
While Holland will miss being in the MCU, Sony has also been good to him, the actor said, and he has every intention of delivering for Sony, just as he did for Disney. “The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands,” he said. If future Spider-Man movies are a disappointment, it won’t be Holland’s doing. As long as he can continue to golf, he’ll do his best.