While it certainly isn’t a superhero movie by any means, the upcoming indie drama has an interesting footnote in Cinematic Universe history. If it weren’t for this movie, we may not have as the new , or as in of Daredevil. While doing press for the upcoming season, revealed that, while they were filming in Ireland, they were both helping each other make audition tapes from the set. Here’s what had to say in an interview with .
“We were making tapes from Ireland in the process of getting him cast in Spider-Man and then he and I made a tape for The Punisher. During this independent movie that we did in Ireland we were constantly making tapes for Marvel – just acting together. These tapes definitely do exist, you can call Marvel and ask for it, but that’s like breaking into Fort Knox.”
Hopefully, some day, we’ll get to see these audition tapes, perhaps as part of Blu-ray/DVD extras, but their teamwork was first teased this past summer. Back in July, Tom Holland shared a photo with both actors on his Instagram page, which surfaced just weeks after both actors were cast in their respective roles. While some wondered if this could tease a possible Spidey/Punisher crossover, the actor did include the hashtag #Pilgrimage, revealing it was a photo from the set of that movie.
also revealed in December that he actually had help from two different actors in auditioning for . The young actor was shooting Backcountry first, where he enlisted the help of co-star Joel Kinnaman to make two audition tapes, before moving on to , where he and Jon Bernthal made three more tapes. Obviously it all worked out, but also reached out to another MCU star, Chris Hemsworth, who he-co-starred with in the 2015 adventure In the Heart of the Sea.
revealed in November that he asked the Thor: Ragnarok star to “put in a good word” for him, and the actor certainly did oblige. Of course, we don’t know how much influence Chris Hemsworth‘s recommendation had on the casting, but it certainly couldn’t have hurt. Here’s what Chris Hemsworth had to say about recommending .
“I called the guys at Marvel when they were casting (Spider-Man) and I heard he was in the final handful of guys and said, ‘Look for what it’s worth you’re not going to meet a harder working more appreciative kind of guy. I was so blown away by his sort of attitude and work ethic and how good he was.’ But then I said to Tom, ‘I’ve told them that, so don’t prove me wrong.'”
Since both and were auditioning for characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s possible that they may have actually played Peter Parker and Frank Castle together in these tapes. Obviously, the actors hadn’t won the roles yet, and we assume they didn’t have access to the Spidey and Punisher costumes on the Ireland set, but if these tapes do feature the first performances of and as Peter Parker and Frank Castle, they may certainly become hot commodities. What do you think about these new details?
comes to theaters July 7th, 2017.
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