The 24-year-old actor has commended his co-star “Spider-Man: Homecoming” for guiding him through life in the spotlight and, in particular, showing him the best ways to interact with fans who make a good impression and make him feel more comfortable being in public.
He told the new issue of GQ magazine: “The conversation with Zendaya helped me a lot.
“I felt like a dick to the fans at times, especially because I was always so surprised that they wanted a picture with me or a signature or whatever.
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“I would have the typical London reaction, one with an instant suspicion: ‘Why are you talking to me?’ Zendaya noticed this and was quick to tell me that this type of reaction would be aggro than just smiling and taking the picture. It has totally changed the way I can be more comfortable in public. “
Tom has also received a lot of guidance and support from fellow Avenger Robert Downey Jr., but the 55-year-old star insisted that he see the younger actor as his “brother” rather than playing the role of “madman”. rich uncle ”for his friend.
Downey said, “I’m protecting Tom, sure. But I protect his right to be his own man.
“We have a very, very difficult to explain affinity for one another.
“For example, I’m not going to think out of time about how incredible he is in the movie. This is because my confirmation is automatic. Did I expect him to get good news from his role in Cherry? Yes. Do I need to top up these clues? No, I do not do it.
“We’re brothers. He comes to me in Malibu as he’s rolling through town.
“I FaceTime him when he’s in the pub. I’m not his funny rich uncle. He’s not my protégé. We’re just … people. “
Meanwhile, Tom has vowed never to push himself to the limit again, as he did to play an Army veteran turned heroin addict in ‘Cherry’.
He admitted, “That role took me to some of the darkest places I’ve ever been, emotionally, physically, kind of … I would never go back there, for anyone. I’m glad I did, but that door is now closed and locked …
“I lost about 27 pounds because I walked in a trash bag every day. It was awful. Really.
“It only took me about ten weeks to realize what I was getting myself into and what I had to do to transform myself into the role. So I sat down with my trainer, George Ashwell, and he said to me, “Right, all you have to do is eat 500 calories a day and run ten miles. Walk.’ Great.
“It was brutal. And then bloat, move from being a drug addict to shooting scenes as a marine? Actually, I got very sick. And it completely changed my relationship with food.
“I think I would find it very difficult to find a role that would justify this kind of abuse of my body.”