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Based on Nico Walker's 2018 semi-autobiographical novel, Cherry follows a bright but directionless Cleveland kid who enlists as an Army medic, only to return home to a spiral of PTSD, opioid addiction, and bank robbery. "I was worried about it: How are these guys going to go from making the biggest movie of all time to a small film like this?" Holland admits.

... I look
back on it, and it's been my favorite movie that I've ever worked on."

-TOM HOLLAND

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What about Nico Walker's book made you want to make this movie?

Joe Russo: “Having grown up in Cleveland, we understand the existential crisis the industrial Midwest has been experiencing for years, that has in a lot of ways turned it into ground zero for the opioid epidemic. [We've had] a lot of friends and family suffer at the hands of this crisis. It was a very personal, very important issue for us to examine.”

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Tom, did you have any hesitation about tackling such a dark role?

Holland: “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.”

Cherry's tone can be  bleak. It can also be romantic or comedic. How did you find the balance?

Anthony Russo: “In all of our Marvel work as well, it was important to us not only to entertain and excite but also to make people think [and] create real jeopardy and loss for people. Joe and I think of ourselves sometimes as alchemists. We like to mix ideas and tones in ways that seem kind of incongruous with one another, because that tends to spark something new.”

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