A few things of note this week – principally though that I am now Spiderman’s dad. This is has definitely been the main thing for me.
That my eldest son, Tom has become a Peter.
Also, turns out that my phone is not broken after all. Who knew that the thing could ring so often and especially with such friendly media offers also. ‘Dom, we’d so love you on’ – or words to such effect. Doors that have been welded shut for a decade are now flying open it seems. And you will be pleased to read that I have said no – not as a sulk but because I have more dignity than to be a vicarious booking for my son. The only sofa on which I will be discussing Spiderman is my own.
And speaking of exploiting my son’s fame (something which is beneath me) brings me neatly to my ebook – how tom holland eclipsed his dad – available on kindle for £2.99 and at no good book shops.
Yesterday, variously I was advised to update the book to incorporate Tom’s life to include being selected for Spiderman. And you will be relieved to hear that I will not be doing this either.
This book was written when Tom had been spotted by fluke and ended up playing Billy Elliot in the West End and went from here to an LA premiere with the movie, The Impossible – whilst I went from the Royal Variety Show to touring village halls. So a warm hearted funny story about a son eclipsing his dad.
Obviously I had no idea what lay ahead for Tom but it doesn’t matter anyway because this story as a revelation ended where it needs to and this remains the case now.
As I say in the epilogue of the book…
“And here this story concludes. It will not be updated because from here-on-in, readers can decide for themselves to consume the careers of either of us; in cinemas the world over or in village halls mostly in England.”
So for those people fascinated by how Tom has managed to bag this iconic role – it’s all in here – but the explanation for my career remains more of a haze and still often wakes me with a start.
XXX is seen at the UK Premiere of The Impossible at Odeon BFI IMAX on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)