The Marvel Cinematic Universe not only gave its fans some of the best on-screen bromances out there, such as that of Bucky and Captain America, but it has also given them real-life relationships between the actors which fans absolutely adore. One such relationship is between actors Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr.
Not only did the two perfectly complement each other on screen as Spider-Man and Iron Man, but their real-life relationship also does not fall behind the reel relationship either. Despite the age difference between the two actors, fans can often see them having a great time together, going on hikes, stopping by each other’s premieres, and so on. An example of their playful friendship is when Tom Holland decided to get back to Robert Downey Jr. for crashing his interview.
Tom Holland Gets His Payback on Robert Downey Jr.
A few years back during the promotion of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom Holland was greeted by an interrupting facetime call from none other than one of the most-loved actors in Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr. himself. Holland picked up the phone in the middle of the interview stating, “He never FaceTimes me.” Downey then proceeded to congratulate Holland on his movie, all whilst the latter is in the middle of an interview.
Bringing their on-screen mentor-mentee relationship to life, the Iron Man actor asks Holland to put the “Press person” on the phone and asks her if he was doing a good job in the interview. Ending the call in a very hilarious yet lovable way, Downey kisses Holland through the phone screen.
As if just waiting for a perfect moment to take his revenge on Downey, the Spider-Man: No Way Home actor physically crashes an interview where he showed up wearing glasses identical to that of Downey’s. Downey clarified to the interviewer that they were being interrupted because he Facetimed Holland in the middle of an interview. Holland was presented with the question, “Why are you answering your phone in the middle of an interview?” to which he replied that it was because it was Downey who was calling him.
“If it was my mum I’d be like ‘Eh..’ but it was Robert Downey Jr. so I was like yeah I’ll see what’s happening.”
Looks like the two have quite a fun friendship going on, even in real life! Even though there’s a solid chance the interviews are staged, that doesn’t take away from the fact that they were quite entertaining to watch!
Robert Downey Jr. is Tom Holland’s Real Life Mentor
In an interview, Holland talked about a piece of advice given to him by Downey which was given to him when the two first met. Downey took Holland aside and told him that he knew what he was feeling like as he had been through the stress before. He left Holland with the advice that he should enjoy the process and let his body take over.
Holland stated that he used that exact advice while filming a scene where he had to eat a bowl of cereal and he couldn’t get himself to do it “Like a normal person.” When director, Jon Watts asked him what he was doing he apologized and stated that he was leading with his mind when he should’ve been leading with his body instead.
Not only did Peter Parker have Tony Stark to guide him during his initial days as Spider-Man, but Holland also had Downey as a mentor in real life!