What the Hell Happened to Tobey Maguire?
In an episode of the supernatural TV show, Eerie, Indiana, Maguire played a ghost from the late 1920’s who needs help delivering a letter to his childhood sweetheart.
In 1992, Maguire starred in the short-lived sitcom, Great Scott! He played a high school student with an active imagination. The show would frequently cutaway to fantasy sequences as his character daydreamed.
Thirteen episodes of Great Scott! were filmed, but only six were aired.
Maguire showed up riding an elephant in an episode of the Nickelodeon game show, Wild & Crazy Kids.
Maguire made his official movie debut with his first credited role in the 1993 drama, This Boy’s Life.
The movie is based on the memoir of the same name by author Tobias Wolff. Leonardo DiCaprio starred as a boy in the 1950’s whose mother (played by Ellen Barkin) flee an abusive boyfriend and try to set up a new life in Seattle. There, she meets a mechanic played by Robert De Niro. De Niro seems to be a good man, but after he marries Barkin he is revealed to be an abusive step-father.
Maguire auditioned for the role of the lead child but didn’t get the part. When DiCaprio was cast, he lobbied director Michael Caton-Jones to cast Maguire as his friend in the movie. The two actors formed a friendship after meeting at an audition for the TV show Parenthood as children. According to DiCaprio:
After I met Tobey at an audition, I felt like I wanted this guy to be my friend. I remember driving back from school and he was doing `Hot Rod Brown Class Clown‘ with Whoopi Goldberg outside Hollywood High. It was a high school. And I jumped out of my car in the middle of the scene, as they were shooting, practically. I was like, `Tobey! Tobey! Tobey! Give me your number.’ He was like, `Yeah, who are you again?’
We both came from similar upbringings. We had humble beginnings, let’s put it that way. We both were these young, very enthusiastic, ambitious young men that really wanted to get our foot in the door.