Tom Holland has opened up about working on his first Marvel movie without Robert Downey Jr, admitting that his absence actually made the production of Spider-Man: Far From Home rather emotional.
“It was really emotional. I’ve only ever made a Spider-Man movie with Robert and he’s a great friend of mine, and you know, I was FaceTiming him last night and he wished me the best of luck, and you know we’ll miss him, but he’ll never be forgotten.”
Holland made these comments at the premiere for Spider-Man: Far From Home, which then provoked one of the hosts to ask the rather intimate question of, “Does he have a special name in your phone?”
Far from being ashamed, though, Holland admitted that does have a special nickname for the Iron Man star, proudly declaring, “He’s The Godfather in my phone. He’s like RDJ the Godfather, that’s what I have him as.” You can check out the full exchange below.
Spider-Man himself, @TomHolland1996, talks about Spidey's next adventure and reveals @RobertDowneyJr's nickname in his phone LIVE from the red carpet premiere of #SpiderManFarFromHome, presented by @audi! pic.twitter.com/bHkGl6SrlU— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) June 27, 2019
Holland has been very open about just how much Downey has impacted his career on and off screen, recently telling Uproxx, “It’s a lovely dynamic and the dynamic [with Robert Downey Jr.] is also the same off screen. I mean, we’ve become really close. We’ve become great friends and I ask him for advice and vice versa sometimes.”
“And it’s just become a really lovely relationship for me to have in the industry. Because, you know, as a young actor coming up in this world it can be very scary and it can be daunting. You can get bullied around. And it’s nice to have someone who’s got my back and who will give me some sound advice.”
We’ll get to see Holland try and fill the void vacated by Downey Jr when Spider-Man: Far From Home is released on July 2.