Robert Downey Jr compares becoming Spider-Man to “going down a k-hole”

Between appearances swinging through the skyscrapers of New York as the neighborhood’s favorite Spider-Man, young Tom Holland recently took on the role of a soldier returning from Iraq who becomes a drug addict. And with that, fellow Avengers Robert Downey Jr. has had some personal experience.

In an April 2021 GQ interview, Holland discussed how hard it was losing weight and channeling the feeling of being on a bender to his role in Cherry — he apparently used the pre-workout to help him out. He also detailed the advice Robert Downey Jr. gave him when he auditioned for Spidey and how it helped him land the part.

said Downey Jr. to Holland; “Enjoy the process and let your body take over,” he told GQ; “It depends on being able to wear the coat. To be able to withstand the ordeal that comes down on someone when you tackle something like that. Marvel fans are wonderful but frighteningly dedicated. she absorb all from you. They expect it. Becoming Spider-Man is a bit like going down a K-hole [apparently this is a reference to ketamine] – it’s easy to get lost there.”

Downey Jr. continued; “He’s a beekeeper. Secure. Me, Tom, the Marvel boys, we’re beekeepers. It’s not sexy. It’s hot under those damn suits. You can not see us. We sweat to make the sweet, sweet, syrupy nectar consumed for our leaders. We are all beekeepers. Overpaid beekeepers.”

It sounds like Downey Jr. took his role as mentor to Holland as seriously as Tony did when he was supervising Peter Parker. The future of Dutchman Spidey is currently in the stars after completing his MCU trilogy. Now that Sony is developing several Spidey villain stories, including Kraven the Hunter and Madame Web, who knows if he’ll show up in those?

While we wait to discover Spider-Man’s future, check out our guide to the best Spider-Man actors and the best Spider-Man villains. Robert Downey Jr compares becoming Spider-Man to “going down a k-hole”

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