“In the hands of a lesser actor, Arvin would have just been an impenetrable, potentially alienating character who did a lot of awful things,” Campos said in an exclusive statement about casting Holland in his new feature. “The key to him was understanding his trauma and communicating the humanity in him. Beyond adapting his voice and his physicality, Tom was able to take on and carry the trauma Arvin had lived but was still able to communicate the warmth and humanity that made Arvin an accessible character we could actually connect with and root for.”
Campos added, “For an actor of his age to be able to capture this kind of complexity effortlessly is rare. He is one of the best I’ve worked with and truly one of the greats of his generation.”
In the featurette, Holland explains that nailing Arvin’s accent was one of the most important early steps that had to be achieved when crafting the character. The actor is aware most fans associate him with Peter Parker and the lively American accent that comes along with playing the superhero, which is why Arvin’s Southern drawl was important to perfect as it’s like nothing moviegoers have ever heard from Holland before. While the actor has landed several voice roles outside of the MCU (including this year’s “Onward” and “Dolittle”), “Devil” marks Holland’s first non-MCU live-action role since the 2017 festival debut of “The Current War.”
“The Devil All the Time” begins streaming on Netflix September 16. Watch IndieWire’s exclusive Tom Holland featurette in the video below.