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The Video Game Movie That Broke Tom Holland

After years of being stuck in a troubled development cycle and bad news for fans regarding delays, the "Uncharted" movie adaptation seems to finally be on its way to theaters in early 2022. Even Nathan Drake's longtime voice actor thinks the movie looks pretty great, and the trailer was full of small details that suggest the filmmakers are fans of the source material. However, making the "Uncharted" film came at a high cost, as Tom Holland revealed in a recent interview with GQ. The actor pushed himself to his breaking point while working on the film, stretching himself thin between several different productions at the same time.

Holland — who also stars as the MCU's Spider-Man — talked about a lot of personal things in the interview, including his struggles with fame at a young age. Holland described his anxieties surrounding his private life, and said his worst nightmare as not being able to keep any part of his life to himself. For example, the star referenced the news and rumors surrounding him and his co-star Zendaya's relationship, saying that "One of the downsides of our fame is that privacy isn't really in our control anymore." 

In addition to the emotional toll Holland experienced from stardom, he also was in very real physical distress while filming "Uncharted," which required the actor to perform a variety of stunts that couldn't be easily completed by a stunt double.

Uncharted was physically demanding

Holland told GQ that he began to struggle during his daily workouts for the "Uncharted" shoot. "I was going to the gym in the morning like, 'Oh, my God, I've must have torn something in my leg,'" he said. However, friends told him, the pain was just a result of getting older and attempting to maintain such an intense schedule. Holland began work on "No Way Home" immediately after wrapping work on "Uncharted," meaning that he had an interesting chance to compare the demands of both roles.

"I never realized how lucky I am that Spider-Man wears a mask, because when he's bouncing around and flying from buildings, that's all CG. In Uncharted it's just me in a henley and cargo pants," the actor explained. The physical work of "Uncharted" took a real toll on Holland's body, but the stress of moving directly from one shoot to another also had a mental effect as well. By the time he arrived on the set for "No Way Home," Holland said he felt absolutely exhausted. He described the intense pain he felt all over after finishing "Uncharted," saying in no uncertain terms, "That film absolutely broke me."

Hopefully, Holland's hard work will all have been worth it when "Uncharted" premieres early in 2022.