Having worked with directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo three times before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though – on Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame – their unwavering faith in him saw the actor through.
Asked by Entertainment Weekly whether he had hesitations over playing the title character, the Spider-Man star responded: "Of course. And I think if you didn't, there would be something slightly wrong with you.
"I, to be honest, didn't think that I could do it. I was so excited by the idea, but then when I read the script, I really sat down and was like, 'Am I really the person for this job?'
"I probably wouldn't have accepted the job if it wasn't Joe and Anthony making it, had I not had these two in my corner kind of guiding me through this process.
"If I had a wobble and fell over, they would pick up the pieces and put me back together again."
Cherry is an adaptation of Nico Walker's 2018 novel, which centres on a PTSD-stricken army medic who begins robbing banks to finance his opioid addiction after he returns home.
Cherry hits Apple TV+ on Friday, March 12.
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