Flash Forward: Anaheim Native Reprises Role in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

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In Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” the 23-year-old Anaheim native reprises his role as Peter Parker’s rich-kid rival Flash Thompson with wit and snap—and puts his own stamp on a character who’s a blond, blue-eyed bully in the comics. Set in Venice, London, and Berlin, the sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” stars Tom Holland as the teenage web-slinger. In time for the film’s release this month, here are a few things to know about Revolori.

Born to Act
His first job was in a baby food commercial at age 2, and he went on to play minor characters listed in credits as “Kid No. 2,” “Boy,” and “Son” in productions such as “Entourage” and “The Unit.”

His Big Break
Director Wes Anderson had searched for months for an actor to play lobby boy Zero, Ralph Fiennes’ protégé in 2014’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” initially looking for an actor of Middle Eastern descent before finding Revolori, who is of Guatemalan heritage. He actually won the role over his older brother, Mario.

Meant for Marvel
At age 10, he was up for a role in a different superhero movie. “I had my chance: an audition for ‘Iron Man,’ starring Robert Downey Jr., who I loved in ‘Chaplin,’ and directed by Jon Favreau, who I loved in ‘Swingers.’ This was my opportunity to seize everything I ever wanted, to capture it, and not let it slip,” the actor wrote in an essay on Fandom.com. Though he didn’t end up landing the part of “Refugee Kid,” he eventually achieved his dream of starring in a comic book film.

Off-Screen Gigs
He’s attracted to edgy theatrical work. He made his off-Broadway stage debut in 2015 in “Mercury Fur,” a play by Philip Ridley about teens who stage parties where people live out their violent and depraved fantasies. A year later, he made his U.K. theater debut in “Speech and Debate,” a dark comedy by Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam about a trio of high school students who uncover a sex scandal.

Mind Over Muscle
His appearance as Flash upends the comic book’s version of the character as an imposing 6-foot-2 jock. He drew on an aspect of his personality to create his take: “I’m definitely very good at ribbing on people,” he told MovieWeb.com. “I’ve been that way since I was a kid. I was very small. Physically bigger kids would intimidate me. What I had on them was my mind. I could make jokes with them, or rip them apart, with my mind. I feel that’s what I share with Flash. Not bullying, but being able to defend myself with my wit.”

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