‘Sex Education’ star Asa Butterfield reveals he auditoned for ‘Spider-Man’ and what he thinks of Tom Holland

Asa Butterfield opens up about losing “Spider-Man” role to Tom Holland

Carl Velasco

July 03, 2020
‘Sex Education’ star Asa Butterfield reveals he auditoned for ‘Spider-Man’ and what he thinks of Tom Holland
A lot of times, even high-profile stars don’t end up getting cast for major roles in blockbuster movies, just ask these people. Among them is Asa Butterfield, whom we all know as Otis on “Sex Education”. 

As it turns out, Asa auditioned for Marvel’s “Spider-Man” films, and at one point there was heavy speculation that he was the frontrunner. But he didn’t get the part—Tom Holland did. It must have been super upsetting, though Asa said losing the “Spider-Man” gig was a blessing in disguise.

“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,” he said. “And it is tough and it is sh*t, 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.”

If he were cast as your friendly neighborhood superhero, we wouldn’t have Asa as Otis Milburn, and we absolutely can’t imagine who else can play that role as good as he does. 

In hindsight, Asa also thinks he wouldn’t have been the right fit for the superhero role, anyway.

“Tom did amazing things with Peter and he had an entirely different portrayal of him,” he said, adding, “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.”

So, yes, Asa lost the chance to be part of a massive film franchise, but he became part of a critically acclaimed and beloved series because of that loss. As he said, all things worked out in the end, indeed.

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