Tom Holland unhappy with his role as Nathan Drake in Uncharted


Tom Holland, 24, is worried that nobody will like his portrayal of Nathan Drake in the upcoming film adaption of Uncharted.

The 24-year-old Spider-Man, Tom Holland, actor is growing increasingly concerned that he is not the right actor for the role of the charming archaeologist Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie after reading comments online.

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People had a mixed-bag of feeling when the baby-faced actor known for his performance as Disney/Marvel’s Spider-Man was cast to play the ruggedly handsome adventurer from the PlayStation exclusive title Uncharted.

Nathan Drake become one of the most beloved characters in video game history for his charm, wit and one liners. It was revealed that the the character was inspired by Nathan Fillion’s performance as Malcom Reynolds in Joss Whedon’s Firefly.

The creators heavily borrowed both from Malcom Reynolds personality and aesthetic style. Even the voice actor behind Nathan Drake said he binge watched Firefly before going into the studio to bring the character alive.

Originally fans petitioned Sony to cast Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake but they were very reluctant to cast him because he wasn’t the A+ celebrity they had in mind. At first they opted for Mark Wahlberg but due to creative differences at Sony the film was indefinitely shelved and The Funky Bunch star was never cast… well, as Drake anyway.

Mark Whalberg preparing for role as Sully
Mark Whalberg looks like a young Sully in Instagram Uncharted promo pictures.

Mark Wahlberg will, however, play Nathan’s partner in crime and mentor Sully.

Fans responded by funding their very own Uncharted short film starring Nathan Fillion and it has over 9M views on YouTube.

Eventually, when Sony decided to commit to the film adaption, they finally decided on who should play Nathan Drake, and fans were equally surprised and disappointed when they learned that they had cast Tom Holland.

People weren’t upset because they didn’t like the actor, but because they believed him to be too kid-like to capture the handsome charm of Nathan Drake. And now Tom Holland is having the same doubts.

Holland let it all out in a recent interview saying that that “there are elements of my performance in Uncharted where I kind of fell under that spell of being ‘I want to look good now’ rather than ‘playing a character'”.

Seems as though the young talent is stuck in super-hero mode trying to make himself look as cool as possible in every single scene rather than giving into the character. Nathan Drake certainly wasn’t the smoothest cat, and a lot of his charm came from being a bit of a goofball.

“As soon as you start worrying about ‘Do I look good in this shot?’ acting becomes something other than playing a character. I think there are elements of my performance in Uncharted where I kind of fell under that spell of being ‘I want to look good now. I want this to be my cool moment’,” Tom Holland said.

Tom Holland Nathan Drake
Tom Holland tries to look older and cooler as Nathan Drake in Uncharted movie.

He added: “I had to play this very tough, very stoic guy – basically be Mark Wahlberg. My character is supposed to be a fucking action hero in this moment! Look, I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know if I succeeded in that. But it was an important lesson learned, because, at times, it was less about land a mark and go through this scene and more about land a mark, stand like this and see my bulging biceps… It was a mistake and is something that I will probably never do again.”

Venom director Ruben Fleischer is in charge of the Uncharted film adaptation and Men In Black writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have adapted the story into a screenplay.

Sony’s decision to hire a young actor to portray Nathan Drake is reportedly because it is a prequel to the games, and is mostly inspired by the brief flashback moment in 2016’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End where you play as a teenage Nathan.

The Uncharted movie is scheduled to premiere world wide Frebruary 11, 2022 and will also star Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophie Ali and Tati Gabrielle.

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