The Spider-Man star Tom Holland has revealed he is considering quitting acting at the age of 25 as part of a “midlife crisis” come early.
Holland, who was promoting the latest instalment of the Marvel series, said he was considering giving up acting to return to his roots in dancing, after he played Billy Elliot in the West End as a child.
“I don’t even know if I want to be an actor,” he told Sky News in an interview to promote his new film. “I started acting when I was 11 and I haven’t done anything else, so I’d like to go and do other things. Genuinely, I’m sort of … having a midlife crisis – at 25, I’m having like a pre-midlife crisis.”
Holland acknowledged a debt to the Spider-Man franchise, which had enabled him to “do some amazing things”. The latest film, No Way Home, is expected to be the biggest of the year – possibly ever – with pre-sales before its UK release on 15 December outstripping that of Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Holland is not the first actor to tire quickly of the profession. Greta Garbo announced a “temporary” retirement at the age of 36 in 1941, while she was still one of the biggest box office draws in the world. It lasted 49 years, until her death in 1990.
Holland is most probably having a bunch of thoughts in his mind about how to deal with this situation. We can only hope that he comes out the other way with clarity in mind of what he is about to pursue in life. Whether it is acting or dancing, watching him do what he feels is the best for him will give the fans and people around him a sense of fulfillment.