Thanks to Marvel Studios, Tom Holland is well on his way to being one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but the Spider-Man actor hasn’t starred in a quote-unquote “serious movie.” Until now.
The Devil All The Time (premiering September 16 on Netflix) features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Pattinson, Sebastian Stan, Riley Keough, and Bill Skarsgård, but the story’s clear protagonist is Tom Holland. The 24-year-old plays Arvin, the son of a WW2 veteran who internalizes his father’s trauma, which is only made worse by his own tragic life experiences. It’s a surprising turn for Holland, but the film’s director Antonio Campos tells Inverse that the actor took it in stride.
“I didn’t do anything in terms of getting him ready,” Campos says. “There were no bad habits that we had to break. He is an amazing actor. I think he is one of the most, if not the most talented person in his generation.”
In a 15-minute interview, Campos discussed working with Holland, Pattinson, and the rest of the cast, along with what went into filming the movie’s most disturbing scenes, and more.
The Following interview has bend edited lightly for clarity. Light spoilers follow.
This movie takes some influence from the Coen Brothers. Did any of their films in particular inspire you?
Yeah, I mean, the Coen brothers are filmmakers that have been part of my life as a film fan and a filmmaker. I definitely thought about them a lot. I think the film that my brother and I talked about the most was Miller’s Crossing because of the complexity of the plot, because of the period quality, the crime aspect of it, the sense that there are things that play outside of the frame, outside of even these characters. So those elements really things we thought about as we were making it.