21-year-old actor Mateus Ward may look very familiar to some of you, despite still appearing to be just a wee bairn in our ancient eyes. He’s been in show business for over a decade now, appearing in Criminal Minds and Parenthood as a child, and then snagging bigger roles as he grew up in the likes of Weeds, Hostages, Murder in the First and Lab Rats. More recently, he led the cast of C.O.R.N., a low budget horror movie which is now in post-production. The film has the tagline “A Field Of Screams”. No reason to mention that at all, really, it just tickled us.
Back when Marvel was casting Spider-Man for his first shield-snatching appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Ward was also rumored to be in the running for the role of Peter Parker, which, if accurate, he, y’know, obviously lost out on to Tom Holland. Last time we checked, Holland was doing pretty well for himself, but there don’t appear to be any hard feelings on Ward’s side – he recently posted a video on TikTok of his incredible Avengers impressions, including one of Holland.
Ward has also learned to mimic Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers. It’s just a delight.
You can watch Ward nail those impressions below…
Ah, Tony. If only you could just cure it.
Regardless of whether Ward was close to landing the part of Spider-Man in the MCU, he recently worked with his father Justin on a film called Relish, and the experience seems to have opened his eyes to a lot of movie-making’s behind the scenes wheels and cogs.
“As an actor, when you’re auditioning and working, you start to think that every reason you don’t get something is due to something that you did, but there’s a lot more at play once you’re on the other side,” he explained in an interview with Pop Culturalist. “I think that was my biggest takeaway. When you’re on the other side, you see that there could be a completely random reason they did not pick you for something that has nothing to do with your performance.”
He added “A lot of it is out of your control. A lot of it is business. As an actor, you never find out or hear why you were overlooked. The biggest takeaway [working on Relish] was realizing how many of the decisions that are made about and for actors are so much more technical and business-related than I thought.”