Tom Holland says he botched his 'Star Wars' audition because he 'couldn't stop laughing' at the person imitating a droid

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Tom Holland says he botched his 'Star Wars' audition because he 'couldn't stop laughing' at the person imitating a droid
Tom Holland says he ruined one of his auditions for "Star Wars."Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP; Lucasfilm/Disney
  • In an interview with Backstage, Tom Holland said that he botched his "Star Wars" audition.
  • The actor said that he was auditioning for the role of Finn, which John Boyega ended up playing.
  • Holland said that he couldn't stop laughing at the woman imitating a droid during the audition.

Tom Holland says that he botched one of his "Star Wars" auditions because he couldn't control a fit of giggles.

"I was like four or five auditions in, and I think I was auditioning for John Boyega's role," Holland said in a new interview for Backstage, referring to the role of Finn in the sci-fi franchise.

The 24-year-old actor said that during the audition process, he was unable to maintain his composure because of the woman in the room who was imitating a droid in the scene he was reading for.

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"I remember doing this scene with this lady, bless her, and she was just a drone," Holland recalled. "So I was doing all of this, like, 'We gotta get back to the ship!' And she was going, 'Bleep, bloop bloop, bleep bloop.' I just couldn't stop laughing. I found it so funny."

Holland said that he "felt really bad, because she was trying really hard to be a convincing android or drone or whatever they're called. "

"I obviously didn't get the part," he said. "That wasn't my best moment."

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Tom Holland says he botched his 'Star Wars' audition because he 'couldn't stop laughing' at the person imitating a droid
John Boyega as Finn in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."Lucasfilm/Disney

Boyega was cast in the "Star Wars" franchise in 2014. He made his debut as Finn in "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" the following year. Boyega starred as a stormtrooper (known as FN-2187), who joined the Resistance's efforts to defeat the First Order.

The role catapulted Boyega to fame and he reprised the part for "The Last Jedi" (2017) and "The Rise of Skywalker" (2019). But he also repeatedly faced harassment and comments from racists who felt that he shouldn't portray a Stormtrooper.

In July 2020, the British actor said that he was done portraying his "Star Wars" character and moved on.

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Tom Holland says he botched his 'Star Wars' audition because he 'couldn't stop laughing' at the person imitating a droid
John Boyega as Finn in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"Lucasfilm/Disney

Although Holland's "Star Wars" audition didn't go as he planned, he ended up joining another popular franchise - the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He landed the role of Spider-Man/Peter Parker in 2015 and made his debut as the character in "Captain America: Civil War." Since then, he's also starred in "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame," plus two standalone "Spider-Man" films.

Holland is currently filming his third standalone "Spider-Man" movie, which will reportedly feature past and present Marvel stars.

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