Very few people have the privilege of returning to their old school having landed a role in a major Hollywood production, much less a Spider-Man film. So when Jacob Batalon returned to Damien Memorial School, he took the time to speak with the performing arts class where he imparted his wisdom on the students. Offering advice on topics including how to get noticed and handling rejection, Batalon also shared his approach towards acting where revealed new details about his character Ned Leeds from the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Batalon revealed that he drew from his own childhood in order to play Ned Leeds.
“Ned is really an innocent, genuine, sweet kid, and so, I haven’t been those things since like… I sort of just drew from my childhood when I was younger and didn’t know any better. Because, you know, he’s really naive in a sense. He just loves Star Wars and he’s super-smart. And he just loves to play around, so I just went back to when I was a kid playing Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon.”
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Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori and Donald Glover.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released in theater on July 7, 2017.