Back in 2015, Asa Butterfield was one of the top contenders to portray Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man – which eventually went to Tom Holland.
Fast forward 6 years later, the “Sex Education” star shares that he is no longer bitter about not getting picked – although it was heartbreaking at the time.
In speaking with Collider, the 23-year-old Brit recalled that he had an “entirely different” concept of Spider-Man compared to what Holland portrayed on the big screen. He even complimented Holland on bringing the beloved web-crawler to life.
“Every so often there’s a part (that you really want) and it’s a script you love, and you kind of put your heart and soul into it, and you don’t get it. And it is tough and it is shit, but I often find that something even better comes out of it at the end. And so in the case of Spider-Man, I did Sex Ed, because I wouldn’t have been able to do both of those at the same time,” he told the publication.
Butterfield continued, “I think as an actor and going out for roles, there’s only so much you can do and everyone’s gonna have a different take on a part and look at a character in different ways, have a different sort of performance, and you kind of have to stick with what you think. And if that isn’t necessary in line with what the director and the producers want, then it’s like, there’s nothing you can do about that.”
“You might just not be the right person, and that’s out of your hands. And that’s something I’ve learned, something that I think is great to help me kind of get over it. Because Tom did amazing things with Peter and he had an entirely different portrayal of him and I think it’s worked so well in the universe and in that part, and I don’t think I could do it. So I think all things work out in the end,” he added.
As someone pointed out, just because Butterfield didn’t score the role then, doesn’t mean he won’t join MCU in future projects.