Stars set Spidey sense tingling

The stars of upcoming movie Spider-Man: Homecoming Jacob Batalon (centre left) and Tom Holland posing with costumed Spider-Man fans after the closed-door, red-carpet event for the movie. The actors are in town for a few days to promote the latest fil
The stars of upcoming movie Spider-Man: Homecoming Jacob Batalon (centre left) and Tom Holland posing with costumed Spider-Man fans after the closed-door, red-carpet event for the movie. The actors are in town for a few days to promote the latest film in the superhero franchise, which opens in Singapore on July 6.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

This is the first time that Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon are visiting Singapore and the two have been having a blast, taking a dip in Marina Bay Sands' infinity pool as well as getting in a bit of golf.

The sweltering weather, however, is something that Holland has a hard time getting used to.

The 21-year-old British actor said: "Man, it is hot. I'm not used to that kind of heat. But when we shot the movie in Atlanta, it was a similar heat, and we would be in that shoot all day with me in the Spider-Man suit. It was tough, but it made me look so bad***."

The two are in town for a few days to promote the film, which opens here on July 6. They were speaking to local and regional media at a red-carpet event at the ArtScience Museum yesterday.

Holland is the latest actor to portray the titular webbed superhero, following previous incarnations of the character by actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

Batalon plays Spider-Man's best friend, Ned Leeds.

But just because Holland is Spider-Man does not make him a friend of arachnids.

He said: "I hate spiders, I'm terrified of them - but I am getting better... We were in Brazil the other day, where we had to do an interview with a spider, and I held it and it was okay. But I think the bigger the spider, the less scared I am because I can see it. The smaller the spider, the scarier it is."

American actor Batalon, 20, feeling pumped from the energy at the media event, repeatedly said he cannot wait for the movie to open in cinemas. "This is just a small taste of it, but I'm honestly so excited for the film. After we wrapped, I was so anxious to get everything going and now that we're a month away from the release, it's just like crazy now."

Unlike most movie red-carpet events, which are open to the public, yesterday's affair was limited to only the media and invited guests, which included more than 50 Spider-Man fans dressed up as their favourite superhero and his friends.

University student Choo Wansy, 22, who showed up as Spider- Gwen, said: "I follow Tom Holland on Instagram, and he is just as relatable and friendly in real life as he is on social media. I can't believe I got to see him in person."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2017, with the headline 'Stars set Spidey sense tingling'. Print Edition | Subscribe