In an interview that’s sure to have his publicist pulling out his or her hair once more, Tom Holland has described his performance as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie as a “mistake” and “something that I will probably never do again”. To be clear, he’s not talking about the role itself, just his performance in it.
As part of an interview with GQ, the publication explained that Holland had to bulk up for the job, and had to do a lot of “looking cool”. It sounds like the Spider-Man actor feels like he spent a little too much time inside his own head, and he’s not satisfied with his performance as a result.
“As soon as you start worrying about 'Do I look good in this shot?' acting becomes something other than playing a character,” he explained. “I think there are elements of my performance in Uncharted where I kind of fell under that spell of being ‘I want to look good now. I want this to be my cool moment.’ I had to play this very tough, very stoic guy – basically be Mark Wahlberg. My character is supposed to be a fucking action hero in this moment!”
Holland continued that he hasn’t seen the movie yet, so doesn’t know if he’s been successful or not. “It was an important lesson learned, because, at times, it was less about land a mark and go through this scene and more about land a mark, stand like this and see my bulging biceps. It was a mistake and is something that I will probably never do again.”
So, the British star is not necessarily saying that the movie is bad and that he disliked the role, just that he’s not particularly pleased with how he approached it. While the context makes sense, we doubt Holland’s paymasters in Hollywood will be all too pleased to read it – especially now it’s spreading around the web. Nevertheless, the show must go on – the Uncharted movie launches in 2022.