What the Hell Happened to Tobey Maguire?

Maguire - Tracy Takes On

Tobey Maguire – Tracey Takes On… – 1996

Maguire also appeared in an episode of Tracey Ullman’s sketch comedy show, Tracey Takes On… on HBO.  Each episode would address a specific topic.  The episode Maguire was on was all about family.  He appears in a bizarre student film.

Tobey Maguire - The Duke of Groove - 1996

Tobey Maguire – The Duke of Groove – 1996

Maguire capped off 1996 by appearing in Griffin Dunne’s TV short film, The Duke of Groove.  Maguire played a teenager whose mother (played by Kate Capshaw) takes him to a wild party hosted by Kiefer Sutherland.  That’s never a good idea.  Why not just take him to Charlie Sheen’s house while you’re at it?!  While Maguire is at the party, he makes time with a beautiful girl played by Uma Thurman.  

I’m going to have to have a talk with my mom.  Apparently, she took me to all the wrong parties when I was growing up.

Tobey Maguire - The Ice Storm - 1997

Tobey Maguire – The Ice Storm – 1997

In 1997, Maguire returned to the big screen with a supporting role in Ang Lee’s domestic drama, The Ice Storm.

Kevin Kline and Joan Allen starred as a married couple who find themselves drifting apart in the suburbs of Connecticut in the early 1970’s.  Kline is struggling with alcoholism and having an affair with a neighbor played by Sigourney Weaver.  Maguire played their sixteen-year-old son who was home for the holidays.  Christina Ricci played his troubled younger sister.  Elijah Wood and Katie Holmes (in her movie debut) also had supporting roles.

The movie was based on a 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody.  Moody was very pleased with Lee’s adaptation and is said to have sobbed during the closing credits.

Most critics liked The Ice Storm.  Gene Siskel picked it as the best film of the year.  But despite endorsements from critics, The Ice Storm performed poorly at the box office.  It received a very limited release in just three theaters during its opening weekend and never played in more 230 theaters during its short run.  As Lee and the young actors became more well-known, The Ice Storm has found an audience on home video.

Maguire - Deconstructing Harry - 1997

Tobey Maguire – Deconstructing Harry – 1997

Maguire also had a small role in Woody Allen’s 1997 comedy, Deconstructing Harry.  Allen starred in this one playing a writer with some very Woody Allen-esque tendencies.

Everyone wants to be in a Woody Allen movie at some point in their career.  Despite being one of Allen’s weaker efforts, Deconstructing Harry featured an all-star cast that included Demi Moore, Kirstie Alley, Billy Crystal, Elisabeth Shue, Stanley Tucci, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robin Williams.

Deconstructing Harry is generally regarded as one of Allen’s lesser works.  But it allowed a lot of actors to cross “Woody Allen movie” off their bucket list.

Tobey Maguire - Joyride - 1997

Tobey Maguire – Joyride – 1997

Finally, Maguire starred in the indie thriller, Joyride.

Maguire, who was in his early 20s at the time, played a teenager who steals a car for kicks.  What he doesn’t realize is that the owner of the car is a beautiful assassin.  Benicio Del Toro plays a cop investigating a series of hits that leads him to the car and Maguire.

Maguire has described his relationship with best bud DiCaprio as “competitive”.  1997 was a heck of a year to be in competition with DiCaprio.  It was the year of Titanic and “Leomania”.  Meanwhile, Maguire had worked with two talented directors in movies few people even knew existed.

Next: The “Pussy Posse” and Pleasantville


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  1. daffystardust

    Every time you mentioned how few screens one of his films played on and I realized I’d actually seen it in the theater, I appreciated the market I live in a little more.

    The fact that Franco thought he should be playing Peter Parker is good evidence that he knew very little about the character.

    I am in the camp that blames Venom for the failure of Spider-Man 3. There absolutely were other problems with the film, but Venom was so obviously shoehorned in. That is not a story that should be attempted just three movies in. Never mind that I never liked the character to begin with. A Kraven/Lizard movie would have really appealed to me. Or even introducing Hobgoblin and letting Peter and the audience suspect that he is Harry.
    OK- enough Spider-Man talk for now.

    Tobey always seemed like an actor who would have trouble in the transition between young adult and more grown up parts. He still reads young today. Hopefully his work as a producer will allow him to weather this period and come out the other side as a veteran character actor who can have a very long career…if that’s what he wants.


    • If you saw some of these movies in the theater, you should be grateful for the market you were in. A lot of them had very limited runs. By way of clarification, when I list the number of theaters I am using the highest number of theaters at any given time. So if I say a movie played in 50 theaters during its widest release, it’s possible it played in 100 or more theaters, just not all at once.

      I imagine Franco just wanted the lead role whether or not he was right for it.

      I really never had a problem with Venom. I know a lot of fans of the character were upset by the casting of Topher Grace. But I thought it was kind of cool that he looked like Maguire’s evil doppelganger. My issue was with the execution. You really need an entire movie to set up the idea of an alien symbiote and all that goes with it. You need to do an entire movie with Peter dealing with the black suit and then rejecting it. It should end with Peter triumphing over the suit and some sign that it will be back with a new host. The suggestion that the writer couldn’t find a suitable ending for Spider-man 3 baffles me. I have to think contracts had more to do with it than anything. Raimi has said he was ready to be done with the series after the third one. The movie was disappointing no matter what the reason. But I’m not in the “blame Venom” camp. I think it could have worked if it had been handled differently.

      From what little I know of Kraven, I don’t think he would have fit the campy tone of Raimi’s Spider-man. Raimi was obviously comfortable with the old Silver Age Spidey. He obviously intended to get around to the Lizard eventually. The whole “new Goblin” thing was something everyone wanted to see. But it got badly mishandled because Raimi wanted to tie it all up in one movie when there just wasn’t any room.

      Maguire was playing high school students well into his 20s. I think Spider-man really aided in that transition. In the first movie, he goes from high school student to young man making his way in the world. After that, Maguire was done playing teens. I imagine Maguire is going to focus primarily on producing for a while. He may even take a stab at directing at some point. When a part comes along that interests him, he’ll take it. But I don’t expect acting will be his primary function going forward. Maybe at some point when his kids are grown, he’ll take more of an interest in it again. I do think that at this point, it’s largely up to him. About the only thing he can’t make happen would be a return to A-list leading man.


      • daffystardust

        Oh, Kraven can definitely be very campy if you want to play him that way. I’m guessing Raimi could have figured a way to split the difference with the character, making him appropriately cartoony without making him impossible to take seriously.

        You are definitely right about Venom needing more than one film to make sense. That’s something I should have included in my comments, but since I never cared for Venom in the first place I didn’t bother. 🙂

        The suggestion of doing a 2-film story could have supported that (or any number of better stories). SM3 was such a huge disappointment, and the idea of a 2-parter just drives that home.

        What I was saying about Maguire’s young look is that I think it will be quite some time before he looks 40. Obviously he can play even early 30s with a boyish face, but it will be interesting to see how he reads once he’s actually 50. Will it be like Mickey Rooney where he’s an old guy with a young energy, or will it be like Matthew Broderick where he just looks like a puffy version of his younger self?


        • My guess on Kraven would be that Raimi could pull it off IF he liked the character. His interest level seems to be a determining factor. The characters he had expressed an interest in doing were Vulture and the Lizard. So I imagine if Raimi had done a fourth or even fifth movie, those would have been the bad guys.

          Given that Raimi didn’t like Venom and that Spider-man 3 was already over-stuffed with the new Goblin and Sandman, cramming the character in was a mistake. I’m sort of surprised Sony didn’t use Spider-man 3 to set up a solo Venom movie. You could have easily done that without featuring the character in Spidey 3. Just set up that the suit is defeated but not destroyed then have Topher Grace find it in a Venom movie. After that, you could easily pit Venom against Spider-man in a sequel. That’s the sort of thing Marvel would do, but studios weren’t yet thinking in those terms.

          I definitely get your point about Maguire’s looks. My guess would be that he will be a fit older man. Apparently he is a strict vegetarian who exercises discipline in most areas of life. So I’m guessing he’ll be the old guy with a twinkle more so than the puffy, tired teenager.


        • Sometimes turning 50 just makes you into a puffy version of your younger self no matter what. Or maybe sometimes it’s a wizened, weathered version of your younger self. The only constant is that you still feel what it’s like to have the dreams of a 20 year old, but you have to put that aside and be 50.


        • What happened to Tobey Maguire’s career? (forums.icine):
          Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:24 am Post subject:
          I’d compare him to Matt Damon perhaps, an actor who is five years older, but similar in that neither are particularly gifted actors from a technical standpoint, but each relied on a likable boyishness well into his 30s. The difference is that Damon has managed to adapt to truly adult roles, not by changing his persona so much as by adding layers to it. It feels like he’s really grown, and you get the sense that he wants to challenge himself. That hasn’t happened for Maguire yet, and I’m not sure it will. I suspect that he doesn’t have much more to offer than the one or two notes he’s already shown us. And as I said, that wide-eyed quality becomes less appealing the older you get.

          The late ’90s were banner years for Tobey Maguire. Considered a talented rising star at the time, he had a string of good roles in good movies with The Ice Storm, Pleasantville, The Cider House Rules, and Wonder Boys. (He was so good that people mostly let him and Leonardo DiCaprio slide on that whole “P****y Posse” thing, which in hindsight maybe we as a culture should have tried to come down on a bit harder.) He seemed sweet, loveable, and nearly the epitome of the boy next door. Hey! That sounds like the perfect guy to take on the role of Spider-Man, and he was, for a while. His Spidey was kindhearted and noble, and you wanted to give him a hug every time he had to put duty before making out with Mary Jane.

          And then the disastrous Spider-Man 3 came out, and all you could see was douchiness. It was intentional, of course — that’s what the story called for, even though it still wasn’t successful. But suddenly all you could see was his emo hair and his petulant frown and think, wait, wasn’t that guy once in a group called the Pussy Posse? That’s the problem with iconic roles: when they go sour, the stigma tends to stick with you. Maguire does have a shot at redemption with The Great Gatsby, but we’ll have to wait and see.


      • I don’t “blame Venom” specifically. A movie with Venom as the central villain could be a great movie (so long as you aren’t in the camp that just hates Venom no matter what). The biggest problem to me is that too much was left in. So if you must put Venom in then remove Sandman, or better yet the whole Green Goblin 2 storyline. Any one of those three stories could have been fine on their own. Three in one was the real problem. One that the studio didn’t learn as exactly the same thing happened in Amazing Spider Man 2.

        As for Maguire, I could take him or leave him. He’s been good in the roles I’ve seen him in, but I don’t miss him the way I do other actors that haven’t been in as many movies lately (like Michael Keaton before the comeback). I am glad to see that he’s still having a successful career in the industry though.


        • Totally agree about the problem with Spidey 3. The Goblin stuff was in there because they had spent two movies building up to it and couldn’t just end the series without addressing it. Sandman was there because that’s what Raimi wanted. Venom was there because that’s what Arad and the studio wanted. But there just wasn’t room. And then they added in another love interest to boot? As bad as Spider-man 3 was, Amazing Spiderman 2 was worse!

          Back in the 90’s I was a fan of Maguire. I’m not entirely sure how that happened as I hadn’t seen anything he had done before The Ice Storm. And yet, I remember knowing who he was when that movie came out. I really liked The Cider House Rules and Wonder Boys. And I thought he was an inspired choice for Peter Parker when he was cast.


        • 9 Terrible Movies That Ruined Promising Careers:

          Spider-Man 3 – Sam Raimi And Tobey Maguire

          Before my friends and family read this and tell me off for being a hypocrite, I must just say: I loved Spider-Man 3, I re-watched it over and over and I felt like crying when James Franco’s Goblin died. Nevertheless, I can appreciate why so many people call it a terrible film, so I had to fit it into this list.

          Sam Raimi made some very hated stylistic decisions on Spider-Man 3, including emo Peter Parker, some dodgy dancing, fighting three villains at once (with not nearly enough time on Topher Grace’s Venom), to name just the most frequently cited problems. Raimi has directed Drag Me To Hell and Oz The Great And Powerful since Spidey 3, neither of which were awful, but equally none inspired any particular devotion. The main thing Raimi may have lost is his reputation, which will never again reach his Evil Dead heights.

          Equally, his prancing about with eyeliner on may have cost Tobey Maguire some street cred, but I will say no more because it looks as though he may have saved himself with The Great Gatsby.


        • 10 Most Disappointing Movie Sequels Of The Last Decade

          Spider-Man 3

          Could any other movie take this spot? Sam Raimi’s finale to his Spider-Man saga is one of the biggest disasters in comic book movie history, just edging out Batman & Robin and Superman 3 in terms of overall quality.

          The first two Spider-Man films remain two of the best to come out of the comic book movie resurgence. But as every web-slinging, skyscraper-crawling hero knows, it can be a long way too fall when you’ve set the bar so high.

          Alas, Spidey takes a tremendous tumble in the trilogy’s finale, gliding through a tepid soap opera with state of the art special effects in the background. This is not the popcorn blockbuster people wanted. This is a weird exercise in audience alienation.

          What’s worse is that the film completely wastes an outstanding performance by Thomas Hayden Church with a script that is too cluttered, melodramatic, and way overextended. If they were to reissue a Director’s Cut that hacked away the Mary Jane on Broadway subplot, the wildly unnecessary love triangle, the whole “Harry has amnesia, kinda” copout, and obliterated every scene with Peter acting all weepy and sad… this would be a pretty all right superhero flick.


      • Spider-Man 3 Commentary Podcast:

        Superhero Rewind: Spider-Man 3 Review:

        (Podcast Special) Spider-Man 3 Commentary:


      • I don’t blame Venom either. Sure, Sony pushed hard for Venom. But no one forced Raimi to make Sandman Uncle Ben’s killer, or to do that goofy emo dance routine.


        • Bingo.

          Venom wasn’t even the movie’s biggest problem, but he’s the thing everyone focuses on. People who don’t like Venom object to his inclusion and people who do object to the way he was presented.


        • Jacks, you had me at “goofy emo dance routine.” I agree totally, you can tell that it wasn’t in Raimi’s heart to do a Venom story, I think he really is an old-school Spidey fan and wanted to focus on those 60’s and 70’s era villains, but there’s more wrong with the film than just Venom’s part in it.

          Matter of fact, I was watching Bruce Campbell’s cameo in Spider-Man 3 on Youtube recently, the scene where Toby goes to a fancy French restaurant and is greeted by Bruce Campbell, here playing a smarmy french greeter (“Ahhhh, romance. I am French, you know.”), and my takeaway 8 years later is that that one brief scene between Campbell and Tobey McGuire is better than anything else the movie has to offer.


    • What Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 got right:

      Spider-Man 2, Sam Raimi’s sophomore Spidey outing, is one of the best superhero films ever. Here’s why…

      Contains spoilers for Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

      These days, it’s hard to talk about Spider-Man movies without conversation soon turning to the disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and speculation surrounding Sony’s new collaboration with Marvel Studios, and whether it might finally enable the superb cinematic representation that the webslinger deserves.

      However, this writer would argue that we’ve already had a near-perfect Spidey film – Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Thanks to the over-stuffed-ness of Spider-Man 3, the Raimi trilogy often gets overlooked these days, which is more than a little unfair on the director’s earlier efforts. But what it so special about Spider-Man 2? Here’s why it works for me…

      Second-in-the-series superhero sequels are sometimes a stumbling block. While Iron Man 2 and Thor 2 have their supporters, you’d struggle to conduct a hundred-person survey that put them among Marvel Studios’ best efforts. Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is in a similar position – some people love it, but it would never come up on top in a Family Fortunes round entitled ‘best superhero films.’

      Arguably, all those films have problems with their story. Having bashed through all the origin details in the first instalment, it can be difficult to decide what to do in part two. The formula for all three films mentioned in the paragraph above seems to be ‘introduce a handful of new villains alongside some familiar faces, and see what sticks’.

      Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 doesn’t employ this chucking-spaghetti-at-the-wall scripting tactic, though – it knows exactly what it wants to say. Therein lies the central strength to the film – its confidence. You can imagine an early Sony memo reading ‘In Spider-Man 2 we’re going to probe Peter’s commitment to superheroics, push his personal life to the limits, introduce Doc Ock, and continue to develop Harry as the future Green Goblin heir.’ Actually, you probably wouldn’t get a memo like that out of a studio, but it sums up Spider-Man 2 nicely.

      Granted, it’s a busy sentence, but it’s easy to make sense of. Much more so than the plot of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which goes something like ‘introduce Max and Harry as normal-ish people, turn Harry and Max into villains, also include Rhino bookends as well. Oh, and do some cute will-they-won’t-they with Peter and Gwen. Then kill Gwen. OH! Don’t forget to tease the Sinister Six!’

      Compared to Webb’s Spidey sequel, Raimi’s second effort is streamlined and simple, and that’s why it works. The whole film hinges around Peter’s inability to balance being Spider-Man with his normal life. The opening scene isn’t a battle with a potential villain, it’s about Peter trying to balance his life. Even with web-swinging powers he can’t get to work early enough to deliver a stack of pizzas on time. He tries his hardest, but when he sees people’s lives endangered, he simply has to help them. This sets up the entire thematic arc of the movie, the ‘Spider-Man no more’ stuff that will pull on our heartstrings later.

      Otto Octavius is weaved in when the script is good and ready, and without the heavy-handedness that can sometimes come with shoehorning in a second-film adversary. He’s a scientist that Peter is writing a paper about (as mentioned when Peter turns up late to college, and gets a telling off from Lizard-to-sadly-never-be Dylan Baker), and so Harry (who does own a giant science-y company, after all) sets up a meeting. It feels organic to Peter’s story, given that Peter having a rich friend who works at a huge corporation was established in the first film.

      Nothing in the story feels like too far of a step from the central theme of ‘Peter versus Spidey’. This dilemma plays havoc with Peter’s non-existent love life and Peter constantly has to run away from his endangered friends and family to change into Spider-Man and run back to save them. As the film ramps up to its conclusion, a desperate-to-kill-Spidey Harry send a desperate-for-Iridium Ock to use Peter as a means to get close to him. Chaos breaks loose and MJ is put in danger again, further reinforcing Peter’s worries that he really shouldn’t have a girlfriend if he’s going to keep being a superhero.

      This being Hollywood, there’s eventually a happy ending for everyone except Harry (even Ock has his redemption, after all), leaving the way neatly paved for a sequel. It’s worth noting that Peter only gets a happy romantic ending because MJ takes matters into her own hands, leaving Peter’s angst unresolved for future exploration. Sadly, Spider-Man 3 didn’t utilise this leftover storytelling potential as well as it could, but Spider-Man 2’s intricate webbing of plot around Peter’s crumbling personal life works marvellously as a two hour action adventure with a lot of heart at its centre. Actually, that’s my next point…

      A brief point here, but an important one – Spider-Man 2 has heart. Lots of it. In watching it again to prepare for this article, I was moved emotionally on a few occasions. Although watching Peter’s life crumble in the first act is all heart-wrenching stuff, it was really what came next that got my tear glands going.

      When Peter has a dream/vision thingie in which he imagines turning his back on Uncle Ben’s ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ spiel (which was mangled through a thesaurus come The Amazing Spider-Man), it’s genuinely heart-breaking to watch. Tobey Maguire and Cliff Robertson play this exchange incredibly well, in a terrific call-back to the first film. It’s sort of a flashback, in a sense, but this time Peter takes control of his life and decides to follow his own path, not that of his heroic responsibility.

      After that, it’s also hugely resonant to see Peter happy. Anyone with a wide-enough knowledge of the infamous ‘Parker luck’ from the comics knew that this everything’s-alright-now stage simply couldn’t work out well in the end. Watching Peter adorably fall over during Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head is a sweet but ultimately tragic moment. It’s a foreshadowing scene for fans of the Parker character, even though it was probably intended just as a funny sequence.

      The worst part, for me, is when Peter walks past a mugging. He stops for a moment, and clearly weighs up his options, before walking off again. The second time this happens, when a child is trapped in a burning building – another effortless call-back to the first film – Peter can’t say no. He runs in and tries his best, even though his acrobatic abilities seem to have completely abandoned him at this stage. He succeeds, only to find that someone was trapped on the fourth floor without his knowing. If he’d been on full superhero form, maybe he could have saved them, too.

      It’s ultimately Aunt May who puts Peter back on track, with her ‘I think there’s a hero in all of us’ speech. I’ve always loved this scene, because it plays with the idea that May clearly knows Peter’s secret identity. This time around, though, the heartfelt ramifications of the scene were a little more obvious to this writer. Only a few scenes prior, Peter admitted to May that Uncle Ben’s death was his fault. Here, May essentially gives him the ‘power and responsibility’ speech again, pepping him up and telling him to do the right thing regardless of his previous mistakes.

      All these scenes serve one core purpose – to examine the character of Peter. If the first film was all about a boy turning into a superhero, this film is all about a superhero trying to become a man (to find a job, to find love, to do right by his loved ones). It’s an excellent arc for a superhero sequel, and it’s handled well despite its emotional heft. This is thanks to some expert tone-juggling…

      Spidey is meant to be funny. Peter’s personal life is almost always tragic. There’s a crazed killer on the loose with metal octopus tentacles. Peter’s best friend wants to kill him. How on earth do you juggle all that and make a film that doesn’t feel more like an emotional rollercoaster than an actual story? The answer’s all in the tone, which, in the first act, veers from happy-go-lucky to down-and-out depending on what’s going on.

      One minute, Spidey is saving children and cracking wise. The next, Peter is getting sacked. Peter looks dejected at the bank, and then instantaneously rolls into a fun-filled fight scene in Spidey mode. In this entire first act, the tone is flitting between Peter’s perspective and that of Spidey’s antics. When he’s Spidey, he’s fun. When he’s Peter, he’s miserable.

      The tone jumps between polar-opposites, then, but it works. It works because this contrast of tone soon catches up with both Peter and Spidey. When Peter gets rejected by MJ, and web-slings off into the night, it’s one sad moment too many. His organic webs stop coming at a vital point, and he falls hard onto a rooftop. From here, tonally, the film gets darker as it goes on.

      The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a similar set of worries to deal with, but came out feeling a bit messy. So what did Spider-Man 2 do better? I’d say it’s a combination of things – Maguire’s performance here is his best as Peter, and the science-ruined-my-life parallels in Harry and Ock (played marvellously by Alfred Molina) accentuate this nicely.

      The whole world of the film pushes Peter to the point of questioning his responsibilities, too – when Peter tries to re-embrace Spidey, he can’t. He goes flying down an alleyway and puts his back out (a reversal of the first film where Spider powers lifted him up and made him stronger). When he starts trying to climb walls again, Danny Elfman’s score is reluctant to become as euphorically excited as it is during the first film’s wall-crawling scene. Even the score is hesitant to let Peter become Spider-Man again.

      Spider-Man 2 feels like a film where everyone was on the same page. Even though there’s some broad comedy moments thrown in to keep wider audiences happy, there’s a dark film underneath the superhero sheen that explores why Peter shouldn’t be Spidey, and if it’s possible for the two to co-exist at all.

      The ever-darkening tone and the world-closing-in plot handle this well, and every performance plays into this central conflict: May walking out on Peter, Ock’s downfall, Harry’s quest for vengeance, MJ moving on, J Jonah Jameson’s yelling; Betty Brant telling Peter he won’t get paid; and even Bruce Campbell as the usher guarding the better life that Peter simply can’t access if he’s going to continue being Spider-Man. The world is out to get Peter in this film, and it makes for one of the most introspective and self-analytical superhero films ever made.

      Of course, it would be remiss, before we finish, not to mention the stellar visuals of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Even the opening credits are visually interesting, recapping the events of the first film in an illustrated form surely inspired by the style of early Spidey comics. And it only gets better from there.

      The failed pizza delivery sequence chucks us straight back into the most visually-arresting feature of the first film – the exhilarating web-swinging sequences. This confident SFX work seeps into the new ideas, too, particularly the Octavius-into-Ock scene where the Doctor uses his robotic limbs to try and contain an explosion, causing the death of his wife in the process. After this, we’re into the surgical lab where Raimi dusts off his Evil Dead directorial toolbox to highlight the horror of the deadly tentacles. The point-of-view killings from the appendages’ perspective are rendered marvellously well.

      In fact, the tentacles always look good, even in the somewhat-cheesy bank robbery sequence (with Joel McHale!). Of course, though, there’s one visually astounding scene that has a soft spot in all of our hearts – the train sequence (embedded above for your enjoyment). While Ock attempts to catch Spidey for Harry, he sets a speeding train on a death trip towards the end of the line, and, tellingly, Spidey’s mask comes off pretty quick.

      I love this moment, because, here, we need Spidey’s powers and Peter’s brains to fix the problem. After the initial scrap on top of the train, Peter quickly needs to find a solution to the speeding death trap situation. His initial attempt to use his heel to stop the train results in a sarcastic ‘any other bright ideas?’ from a surprisingly chipper passenger en route to near-certain death.

      Pete then uses his webs to cling to the building, but pulls off a bunch of bricks instead. The direction, special effects, and performances are working in perfect harmony in this scene, and the tension really ratchets up to the point that you’re not sure if he can do it. He does, though, but only by the skin of his teeth, with the train left dangling off the track like the ending of The Italian Job.

      This really is an astounding scene visually, and one of the best superheroes-saving-civilians sequences since the days of Christopher Reeve’s Superman. It’s the most memorable scene of the Raimi trilogy for this writer (Ock’s sacrifice, about half an hour later, is high up the leader-board, too), and arguably the best cinematic Spidey sequence ever.

      With action like that, in a film that pries into the inner turmoil of the Peter/Spidey dynamic and finds room for big emotional beats, too, it’s not hard to argue that Spider-Man 2 is a triumph of the superhero sub-genre, especially when considering that there was no Marvel Cinematic Universe or Dark Knight Trilogy to look to for inspiration at this stage.

      Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 got so much right, and Jon Watts has a hell of a job to try and top it. Good luck to him. It should be on the must-watch list for anyone directing a superhero movie.


  2. Another great article, I was surprised while reading that I’ve only ever seen one of Tobey’s films and that was the much maligned Ride With the Devil. I thought that film was a gem, and if it’s good enough for The Criterion Collection it’s good enough for me.


    • Glad you liked the article. No Spider-man movies, huh? I have to imagine you would enjoy both The Cider House Rules and Wonder Boys. I need to revisit Ride With the Devil. I haven’t seen it in I don’t know how long.


  3. Great article lebeau.

    I can’t even begin to imagine Jake Gyllenhaal playing Peter Parker, the man radiates a streak of smarm. Sometimes he has been able to play that into very good performances (ie. ‘Brokeback Mountain’ or ‘Nightcrawler’) but he’d be incapable of projecting the vunerability Peter has. Though I am a DC fan so take that with a grain of salt.

    I’m actually surprised how late it took Tobey Maguire to break through. I suppose I misremembered the success of ‘The Ice Storm’ or ‘Pleasantville’, the latter of which was the first film I saw him in.

    Always been a fan of Maguire but I have to admit I do like DiCaprio more.


    • I had a similar reaction. I thought Maguire was pretty well known when he made Pleasantville and a household name by the time he made The Cider House Rules. But he wasn’t. Most of his pre-Spiderman movies were box office flops. The Cider House Rules was only a modest hit. Cats & Dogs was his biggest movie pre-Spiderman and he just provided a voice over. If you were following indie movies, you knew Maguire well. But most Americans barely knew him at all when he was cast as Spider-man.

      While I like both actors, I’m with the majority in preferring DiCaprio.


  4. I was familiar with Tobey Maguire from those films in the late 1990’s (I particularly liked “The Ice Storm” and “Wonder Boys”). I thought he was a money choice for peter Parker as well. It seems like he has the type of career he wants, so that’s pretty cool. Outstanding write-up.


    • Thanks, glad you like it. I was very pleased to learn that things have worked out as well as they have for Maguire.



      He did a funny miniseries called The Spoils of Babylon in 2013. Just cause someone isn’t in blockbusters all the time doesn’t mean their career is over. These articles are not necessary, just take the 10 minutes it takes to Google what the person is up to nowadays! A lot of actors are doing interesting smaller films or TV shows that are fairly unknown just because there are so many of them.


      • I especially appreciate feedback from people who clearly haven’t read the article.


        • The responses that I’ve received all seemed to add up to “Tobey Maguire is still around doing good work, it’s just that you aren’t looking hard enough!” I think that the whole point of the article is to pinpoint what exactly could’ve “gone wrong” w/ his career. In other words, how can quickly he go from headlining a major blockbuster franchise like “Spider-Man” to relative obscurity and irrelevance in a short matter of time.


        • I understand those kinds of responses. It’s the reaction of someone who read the title but didn’t click on the link. If they had read the article, they would not react so defensively. The series is basically a career retrospective for actors who aren’t in the spotlight to the degree that they once were. But that would make a really terrible title. “What the hell happened” is a double-edged sword as a title for the series. It makes the articles stand out in a Google search, but some people get up in arms.

          It is what it is. At this point, I’m used to it.


        • What Happened to Tobey Maguire? Where is Tobey Maguire Today?

          It was 2002. Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire as Spider-man himself, hit theaters. The movie was an instant classic; critics raved over the screenplay and acting. Maguire had become a star. He reprised his role for the next two movies in the Spider-Man series, only to see his fame increase. However, once it seemed like he couldn’t get any more famous, his stock started to plateau. In 2012, when Sony rebooted the franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man, a younger actor – Andrew Garfield – replaced him, and five years removed from being on top of the world, Tobey Maguire fell back to where he began.

          Early Life

          Born on June 27th, 1975, Tobey Maguire was thrown into the world of film before he could even talk. His mother, Wendy Maguire, was a screenwriter and producer. His father was a construction worker; however he divorced Wendy when Tobey turned two. Tobey spent most of his childhood on the move, splitting his time between his two parents, and his other relatives. This made him accustomed to different settings and situations, helping him overcome his stage fright. At first, however, Maguire entertained the idea of becoming a chef; his mother had to pay him $100 to take drama instead of cooking at his school, and it eventually paid off.

          Tobey had a hard time dealing with the stress of high school. Since he was always moving, he had trouble maintaining friendships and learning. After relocating again after his freshman year of high school, Maguire dropped out. He decided to pursue a career in acting by obtaining his GED. He was ready to begin the next chapter of his life.


          The 1989 movie, The Wizard, was where Maguire found his first role in a feature film. He didn’t have any lines, but it was a step in the right direction for his career. He continued acting into the ‘90s, often playing characters younger than himself. He also took part in many commercials and TV shows during the time, trying to put himself out into the acting business. He even worked opposite famous actors at times, including Chuck Norris and Leonardo DiCaprio.

          Maguire’s first role as the lead character was in the FOX TV series Great Scott! However the show was ended only five weeks after its release.

          By the mid-90’s, he had been featured in many different shows and movies, and the small fame he had was getting to him. He had a self-described “addictive and compulsive nature”, so it was easy for him to sway off onto the wrong track. He started to party hard with some of his other fellow young actors, and it was taking its toll on his acting career. He soon sought out help for his alcohol problem, and joined the Alcohol Anonymous program. It helped him tremendously, as he has remained sober to this day.

          Shortly after, he finally gained a lead part. It was in the 1997 movie, The Ice Storm, where Maguire was cast to play the part of Paul Hood, the narrator and main character of the film. This led to more opportunities as the lead character, as he soon gained roles in Pleasantville, The Cider House Rules, and Wonder Boys.

          Then in 2002, Maguire landed the role of Spider-Man in the new film of the same name, and became an instant celebrity. Before he had been just another actor, now he was someone the paparazzi couldn’t get enough of. Remarkably, he never returned to alcohol during this stressful and rapid transition. His ceiling had risen from successful actor to a household name, a worldwide star.

          His performance as Spider-Man was lauded by critics. Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune wrote that “with his big, round, soulful eyes, Maguire always has been able to convey a sense of wonder, and his instinct for understatement also serves him well here.” Maguire was finally where he envisioned himself all throughout his life. He had made it.

          The Sudden Fall

          After thrusting him into the spotlight, it was Spider-Man who brought Maguire’s career to an unexpected halt. After the fourth Spider-Man film was cancelled, Sony decided to reboot the whole franchise. They wanted to go younger, with a high school Peter Parker instead of Maguire’s older one, and they cast the much younger Andrew Garfield as the next web slinger.

          He found a small amount of fame again when he joined the 2007 World Series of Poker. After it was rumored that Maguire had been playing tournament poker since 2004 and had been trained by professional Daniel Negreanu, he decided to show what he could do. He survived the first three days of the 2007 World Series, and after being eliminated on the fourth, he had won over $39,000 in prize money.

          Since then, Maguire has found roles in a few other movies, but none as big as before. He reunited with Leonardo DiCaprio in the remake, The Great Gatsby; however he has failed to come close to his past glory. The closest he came was when he starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman in the highly successful war drama, Brothers. He received critical acclaim for his acting performance, and he was even nominated for a Golden Globe award. Maguire said of the nomination, “I had no expectations about getting a nomination, but I was watching nonetheless. My wife and my son got really excited. I was sort of surprised – I was like, ‘Oh wow.’ And I couldn’t hear the latter part of my name [through the applause].”

          While critics were raving over his latest performance, the majority of people had forgotten about him. While Brothers was a success, it wasn’t the global hit that took the world by storm that Spider-Man was. Maguire had somehow, while not messing up in his personal life or losing a step in his acting abilities, fallen from grace.

          It is reminiscent of the story of Hayden Christianson. Hayden was a promising young actor, who after starring in a few movies, landed a huge role. That role was to play Anakin Skywalker in the then-new Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He also reprised his role in the following movie in the series, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He became globally famous, yet he couldn’t find many roles after starring in such iconic films. He starred in the 2008 film, Jumper, and that was the last time his name was heard. He climbed Mount Everest, and then he fell off. This is just like Tobey Maguire in the sense that he played such a prominent, iconic role, yet he couldn’t capitalize on it. For reasons unknown, he fell into obsolesce.


          Maguire is attempting to rejuvenate his career and fame by producing many upcoming films. He has been a producer since 2002, and this is likely where his career has headed. His company will be producing an adaptation of the book Tokyo Suckerpunch, written by Isaac Adamson. Maguire will also star in this movie, in the role of American reporter Billy Chaka. Other prominent actors like Anne Hathaway are confirmed for this upcoming film. This looks like a great chance for Maguire to reclaim his fame.

          He is also continuing his career as a producer, something he has done since 2002. As of now, he is slated to produce the upcoming science fiction film, Afterburn, and is in talks for another upcoming movie, Relativity, a film about people who hunt for treasure on a post-apocalyptic Earth, searching for artifacts from the now extinct human civilization.

          Perhaps Maguire can turn these projects into hits, and reclaim his throne as an icon. Until then, we can only wait and see if his narrative picks up where it left off, or if he is the next Hayden Christianson, slowly fading away.


    • Derailed Film Stars: Retracing Tobey Maguire:

      With the recent news — thanks to the Sony hacking scandal — Andrew Garfield seems to be out of the picture for any future installments of The Amazing Spider-Man film franchise (as well as a possible crossover into the other Marvel universe in Captain America: Civil War), many wonder what Garfield’s predecessor as the web-slinger is up to. After all, Tobey Maguire was already a fairly well-known actor before he ever stepped into the superhero tights. But Maguire hasn’t gone out of his way to do a whole lot of roles since hanging up his Spidey outfit and there seems little chance he’ll make a return appearance as the hero. It’s too bad, because Maguire has proven before he can be one of the more interesting actors of his generation.

      Blinded by Seabiscuit


      Right after the first of Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man films, Maguire followed it up with a prestigious picture about the racehorse that captivated the nation in the 1930s. The actor played Red Pollard, the jockey who sat astride Seabiscuit during the horse’s magical run. At 5-feet-9-inches tall, Maguire is actually way too tall to be a jockey, but, alongside Jeff Bridges, the film nicely captured the spirit of the Laura Hillenbrand book on which it was based.

      Spider-Man Screen Test


      While initially Maguire wasn’t an obvious choice to suit up as Spider-Man, in retrospect, it wasn’t exactly a giant leap. At the time, Maguire was known for playing thoughtful student types in films like Wonder Boys. After all, at his core, that’s really who Peter Parker is — a student caught up in circumstances not really of his making. The question was whether the slight Maguire could handle the physical parts of the role — one he answered emphatically in his screen test.

      A Cider House Reunion

      The Cider House Rules

      Maguire provided the heart at the center of Lasse Hallstrom’s adaption of John Irving’s best-selling novel, The Cider House Rules. The director takes some of the edge off the abortion aspects of the story and instead concentrated on Maguire’s on-screen chemistry with co-stars Michael Caine, as the doctor/father figure, and Charlize Theron, as Maguire’s character’s secret lover. Irving’s story veers into melodrama, but that seems to fit with Hallstrom’s soft-focus directing and Maguire’s expressive nature.

      The Ice Man Storm Cometh

      The Ice Storm

      Director Ang Lee’s second English-language feature film The Ice Storm is a toxic look at suburban life in the early ’70s. Maguire plays the prep school son of Kevin Kline and Joan Allen and big brother to Christina Ricci. Lee’s film also started the ball rolling for Maguire to be confused frequently for costar Elijah Wood (before they each took on lead roles in blockbuster film franchises, that is).

      Pleasantville in Technicolor


      Maguire’s performance in The Ice Storm caught critics’ attention, but the film didn’t find a large audience. Pleasantville, while not a blockbuster, certainly garnered Maguire a lot more notice among the general public. The actor played a present-day teenager who, along with his wild-child sister (Reese Witherspoon), ends up being transported into a ’50s sitcom. Maguire is all wide-eyed innocence as he can’t help but marvel at the situation he finds himself in. Plus, he gets to interact with comedy legend Don Knotts.

      Leo and Tobey: That Gatsby Magic

      The Great Gatsby

      Maguire’s last high-profile role gave him the opportunity to act with one of his best friends. The actor and Leonardo DiCaprio have been friends since they were kids auditioning for the same roles. The two are close enough DiCaprio is the godfather to Maguire’s daughter, Ruby. In Baz Luhrmann’s version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, Maguire plays Nick, the story’s narrator, to DiCaprio’s mysterious Gatsby. Unfortunately, Luhrmann wass far more interested in The Roaring Twenties style than in Fitzgerald’s sly take on the plight of the newly rich in America. Things would’ve been worse, though, if not for the bromance chemistry DiCaprio and Maguire bring to the table.


  5. My daughter enjoyed seeing some of these clips with me as she loves Maguire and the Spiderman trilogy, ranking #2 the highest, along with everyone else…. but she also doesn’t think the third movie deserved to be as reviled as it seems to be.


  6. I forgot to mention “Pleasantville” in my previous comment (what a cast!), and how much I enjoyed that film as well (I also really like Fiona Apple’s “Across the Universe” cover during the end credits).


    • I enjoyed Pleasantville. Great cast. But sometimes I think it would have been a better movie if it had just been the silly comedy the trailers promised instead of trying to be more ambitious. It didn’t quite stick the landing.


      • daffystardust

        I don’t agree. The achievement of accomplishing actual art with Pleasantville outstrips any of its third act shortcomings for me. This film touches and thrills me each time I see it, and I can’t imagine it being a shallow comedy with little or nothing to say. Many people could still benefit from its message that change (hopefully progress) is inevitable and that true art is transformative.


        • There’s some real missteps there in the third act. If it was simply a well-constructed comedy, I’d probably be more inclined to rewatch it. As it stands, I like the movie. But it doesn’t move me.

          I go back and forth on this one. Is it better to make a fully realized movie that aims low and hits the mark or a movie that aims higher and misses? In the case of Pleasantville, I sometimes think the movie would have been better if it had been less ambitious.


        • daffystardust

          I think this is a case similar to our discussion of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. While I recognize that there are real weaknesses and that the film misses the mark it has set for itself in spots, I can’t imagine lowering its aspirations because the moments in which it does hit the mark (and there are many) inspire and entertain me in a way that I cannot and would not wish away. Those moments are indelible for me and it would be a real shame if they did not exist.


        • There may be some similarities there. I take each movie on a case by case basis. For example, both Batman Returns and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom are very flawed movies. But the high points redeem them somewhat for me. With Pleasantville and especially Hunchback, I find myself not wanting to sit through the flaws to get to the parts I like.

          I get the impression you were much more moved by Pleasantville than I was. You forget that I am heartless.


        • daffystardust

          Yeah, those examples might say a little something about our differences.

          The Indiana Jones sequel is fun, but pretty disposable for me. I like the opening sequence a lot, but if the rest of the movie did not exist it would not hurt my feelings at all. It doesn’t have any real value in my eyes. The original, in contrast, is close to perfect entertainment which stands as an example for other artists trying to hit that mark. Batman Returns stands in a similar place for me, but without the esteem I hold its predecessor. I don’t know when I last watched either movie and I would have very little trouble turning the channel away from them.

          Pleasantville and Hunchback on the other hand contain some thrilling magic that I can’t look away from even with their flaws. The world is a better place because they exist.


        • lol

          I don’t want to make it sound like I’m a big fan of either Temple or Returns. I will weakly defend them when someone says they are awful. And I may plop them in the DVD player every so often.

          If someone asked me if they should watch Pleasantville, I would say “sure”. I may even watch it with them. But I can’t imagine ever starting that one up for my own enjoyment. While I can give it a recommendation, I don’t see the magic you do. I just know I’m going to endure some really ham-handed preaching before all is said and done.

          I know that some day I should give Hunchback a second viewing. I have queued it up on Netflix more than once. But I can never bring myself to actually push play.


        • daffystardust

          One thing about Pleasantville that may help explain our different reactions to it is that it employs several absolutely classic pieces of music of the 50s and the film is edited with a musical precision in many spots. Music is very important to how the movie is made and, for me, appreciated.

          The final scene in the courtroom does not pack the punch it should at all. It is kind of weak, but up until that point what I’m looking at is a masterpiece.


      • jeffthewildman

        I like Pleasantville enough that I own it on DVD although it’s not one I watch as often as I do other movies. To me, it could have been better if the satire had been a little more biting. There were also times where it got a little too preachy.

        The Ice Storm on the other hand I love. To me, it’s still Ang Lee’s best film (followed closely by Crouching Tiger).

        In some ways, Maguire was always more a character actor. Spidey put him on the a-list for a while. But I suspect he would have moved back into character roles if family and producing hadn’t taken precedence.


        • That’s pretty much my take on Pleasantville. It was one of the first DVDs I ever bought because it came out when there weren’t a lot of DVDs on the market. I’ve watched it a few times. I do like the movie. But I’m unlikely to sit through it again.



          Tobey Maguire has been working consistently, especially since he became a name in films like The Cider House Rules and Spider-Man. Just because he doesn’t chase the paycheck and pump out rubbish two or three times a year doesn’t mean he’s off the radar. Really looking forward to Pawn Sacrifice.


        • The Long, Career Snuffing History Of Lead Actresses In Comic Book Movies:

          OK, well Dave has already kind of backed off on this and owned up to the poor correlations, here – that list is pretty damn self-defeating when you see how many of those actress at the very least got more high profile roles after their stints in comic book films.

          Probably a few cases where it hurt the actress’ career or at least the perception: Famke Jannsen was probably seen as too tall and otherwordly-looking to cast in a conventional dramas. As written, Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane became so grating that I’m sure it hurt her appeal. But realy just a few exceptions.

          And really some one said this earlier, but you look at the male stars of those movies and MANY more of their careers absolutely tanked.

          Wow, Sam Jones – forgot about him. Judge Dredd was kind of the nail in the coffin for Stallone’s career as a viable action star. Brandon Routh – see Famke Jannsen above. And The Spirit – not sure Gabriel Macht had much of a career ahead of him, but that pretty much killed it.

          Heck, look at Tobey Maguire – he had some fantastic stuff BEFORE Spiderman, great character roles in great movies like The Ice Storm, Pleasantville, and Wonder Boys. Post-Spiderman, he had the one big role in Seabiscuit and apparently a very interesting role in Brothers, but what else? He probably made more money in the short-term, but probably hurt his appeal as a viable character actor in the long term.

          I think where you’ll find the biggest upside with these kinds of movies are the actors who play the villains. Jack Nicholson pretty much kicked his second round A List work (most of it crap, but still) after playing The Joker in Batman. We all know about Heath Ledger. Ian McKellan and Alfred Molina, who already had journeyman careers to be proud of, have had pretty much non-stop work in big and small movies since their comic book villain stints. For Liam Neeson and Willem Dafoe, it probably wouldn’t have mattered much for their careers, but their plates are ALWAYS full since going the comic book route.

          Most extreme example: Flash Gordon.

          Wow, that film was almost 30 years ago! The two main leads have either being doing porn or C-list work. But look at Max von-freaking Sidow! Dude is still getting juicy roles this many decades after, positively amazing. I’m not saying playing Ming the Mercilous made his career, but it sure as hell didn’t hurt…..


      • I agree that “Pleasantville” does tail off during the climax, but it does enough for me that I can still get into it. As for sequels like “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Batman Returns”, I feel differently about both. For Temple, I recorded that when I was a kid and still have that recording, so it has a sentimental place for me, plus it was the first Indiana Jones picture I viewed. When it comes to “Batman Returns”, I can view it every few years or so, but it’s just too melancholy and uneven in tone for me to truly embrace it (now 1989 “Batman” I could view every month and not feel like it’s a chore).


  7. I hate to delve into what could otherwise be considered as slanderous gossip, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a good part of the reason why Tobey Maguire’s post-“Spider-Man” career as been otherwise unremarkable is because of rumors surrounding his rather unpleasant, and dare I say, douchey deposition in private.

    One key thing that was left out was a Vanity Fair article, in which this poker game hostess named Molly Bloom accused Tobey of asking her to to bark like a seal when he was leaving the game, and was holding her 1,000 dollar chip, which was for her tip. Tobey allegedly also did other nasty things towards Bloom, like asking her to re-structure the game (for him), and to charge rent on a machine that automatically shuffled the deck.

    Tobey is also notorious for being prickly with fans and the media like ignoring them or refusing to sign autographs (even during his “Spider-Man” peak/heyday, where you would think that you would be an idol of sorts to many little kids). I remember seeing footage of Tobey and his wife driving out from some restaurant and Tobey getting extremely angry and profane with the photographers, who were blocking his way. If you ever watch an interview with Tobey, he if you ask me always comes across as dry and uncharismatic (as if he rather have his teeth pulled).

    And while I can’t confirm this at the moment, Tobey was apparently, really nasty towards Jewell (a novice actress) when they were making “Ride With the Devil”. Apparently, Tobey made Jewell feel even more incompetent than necessary, made her cry. Joe Manganiello, who played Flash Thompson in the first “Spider-Man” was supposedly offered $100 to legitimately punch Tobey.

    Besides the Vanity Fair article, another factoid that was left out was Tobey Maguire being cut out from Ang Lee’s (his “Ice Storm” director) Oscar nominated “Life of Pi”.


    • Thanks for the reminder about the poker stuff. I can’t believe I left that out! I have updated the article. I also threw in the Life of Pi although I really do think that was just a case of Lee changing his mind about casting a star in a small role. He clearly liked Maguire enough to work with him twice and cast him a third time. The Molly Bloom stories, I take with a grain of salt. She’s a shady character who is clearly trying to sell her memoir. But there’s enough evidence out there for me to conclude that Maguire is stand-offish and probably a bit of a dick. Do I think it hurt his career? Not really. He’s got more Hollywood connections than most.


      • Tobey Maguire told poker hostess to ‘bark like a seal’ to earn a tip:

        Bridget says:
        June 13, 2014 at 10:05 am
        Yep, I believe it. And what a piece of work – it certainly makes sense why Tobey rarely works anymore.

        Brin says:
        June 13, 2014 at 10:38 am
        This^^. A piece of work who doesn’t work and we know why.

        Bridget says:
        June 13, 2014 at 11:21 am
        If you look at the other guys in the posse, most of them are still working (even the ones that have made a lot of money): DiCaprio, Kevin Connolly, Lukas Haas, Jay Ferguson… they all started out as kids in the business, they’re all still working actors. But Tobey married a Meyer and then just stopped (except for Gatsby, which feels like people pulled strings).

        Emma – the JP Lover says:
        June 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm
        @Bridget, who wrote: “But Tobey married a Meyer and then just stopped (except for Gatsby, which feels like people pulled strings).”

        Married a ‘Meyer’ … what does that mean? Who is her family and is she a heiress or something?

        *Never mind! The question is answered below.

        Bridget says:
        June 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm
        Yep, Meyer is a major power player and you can see it reflected in his daughter’s social life. When Jennifer was pregnant the guest list for her baby showers was ridiculous! So Maguire spends years building his career from childhood, hits it big with Spiderman, marries the daughter of one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, and then just stays home and plays poker. Its kind of weird.

        lauren says:
        June 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm
        @Emma – the JP Lover: his wife is Jennifer Meyer, daughter of Ron Meyer who is President and CEO of Universal Studios

        Valois says:
        June 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm
        Lukas Haas and Jay Ferguson…do they really work a lot? Never heard of the latter one and I wouldn’t know Haas either, if he wasn’t Leo’s pet.

        Bridget says:
        June 14, 2014 at 2:38 am
        Both Ferguson and Haas are steadily working actors. They’ve certainly put more time onscreen than Maguire since Spider-Man ended.

        Bridget says:
        June 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm
        Also, to elaborate: Lukas Haas may be best known nowadays as Leo’s bud, but he was an incredibly successful child actor at one point (remember Witness?). And Ferguson has worked steadily for years, though he’s probably best known as Stan on Mad Men.

        Valois says:
        June 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm
        Thanks for the infos, Bridget!
        I do know Ferguson’s face from Mad Men, didn’t know his name though.

        Just Googled Witness, it was released quite a few years before I was born, thatÄs why t doesn’t ring a bell.

        Bridget says:
        June 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm
        So all those guys became friends because they were basically on the same audition circuit – they’d see each other in the waiting rooms at all these things and eventually struck up a friendship. In the early days Haas was probably the most successful of them, but all those guys have at least worked steadily over the years. Maguire was really the only one to give it up.

        And in case you’re wondering how I know some of this stuff, I’m in my early thirties, which means I was DiCaprio’s prime fan demographic when he really hit big.

        Mia4S says:
        June 13, 2014 at 10:23 am
        Holy Insecure Douche Batman!…I mean Spider-Man!

        He has money but he also married a woman from a family with a lot more money than him (studio exec’s daughter) and his career has kind of stalled. He doesn’t measure up in his age group of actors anymore. Somehow it all adds up if this is true.


        • The True Story Behind the Movie Molly’s Game

          Celebrities, including Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire, did play in Molly’s game.

          Aaron Sorkin doesn’t name the celebrity players who frequented Bloom’s game in the film, but Bloom does identify some of them in her book, including Ben Affleck, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. However, she only names people who had already been exposed in the media before her book hit shelves, protecting other players from exposure.

          Maguire plays the biggest role in Bloom’s memoir, and there appear to be elements of him in “Player X,” played by Michael Cera in the movie. (Sorkin even nods at Maguire, who played Spider-Man, with a line about the unnamed actor playing a superhero.) In the book, Bloom writes that Maguire once offered her $1,000 to bark like a seal and stormed off when she refused. However, Maguire didn’t take the game from her like Player X does in the movie — another player did. But Bloom writes that the actor was the one who gleefully called her informing her that she had lost her weekly game.


        • I viewed that “Walker, Texas Ranger” episode that Tobey Maguire was in (I’m more into crime/forensic shows, but I think that show was okay. I respect Chuck Norris; the guy is like 78, and looks 30, and probably can kick the crap out of me!). I don’t know how I feel overall about Tobey Maguire right now as a performer; poker is cool, but he isn’t giving me anything to base anything on. All I can say for now was that he was friends with magician David Blaine, who once dated Fiona Apple, and I love her music (she’s an Extraordinary Machine:-).
          Again, I’m one of those people who likes “Cellular”, mostly because it’s an action film that’s like a play, and I find Chris Evans likable there (same with Kim Basinger, although i know some people here disagree).


      • Tobey Maguire: Curse of the “Spider-Man”?

        Much has been made of the so-called “Superman curse”: the tragedies of George Reeves’ death, Christopher Reeve’s accident and Dean Cain’s and Brandon James Routh’s careers. But could there be a “Spider-Man curse” as well? The only actor to play a live-action version of Peter Parker on TV, Nicholas Hammond, vanished into obscurity, with his most notable non-Spidey role a gig as Aaron Spelling in the 2005 TV movie Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure. And now Tobey Maguire seems to be getting caught in a post-webslinger malaise.

        True, he got a Golden Globe nomination for 2009’s little-seen postwar drama Brothers, but Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby (in which Maguire stars as Nick Carraway opposite pal Leo DiCaprio) has been bumped until next summer—a not-so-great sign. He’s also been cut out of likely Oscar contender Life of Pi, which would’ve reunited him with Ice Storm director Ang Lee (he was replaced in his role as writer Yann Martel by Prometheus‘ Rafe Spall). And his dark suburban comedy The Details has been gathering dust on a shelf since it was filmed three years ago. It’ll finally be released on VOD next month. I got a sneak peek, and I can see why the Weinstein Co. is quietly burying this turkey after spending $8 million to acquire it at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

        Maguire stars as a disgruntled OB/GYN who becomes obsessed with eradicating racoons from his yard and winds up descending into a spiral of online porn, adultery and murder. The naif-like quality that served him so well in early films like Wonder Boys, Pleasantville and The Cider House rules isn’t aging well. Maguire mostly seems like a passive bystander while more colorful performers like Elizabeth Banks (as his unsatisfied wife), Kerry Washington (as his sexy paramour), Ray Liotta (as her jealous husband), Dennis Haysbert (as a critically ill pal) and Laura Linney (as a crazy cat lady) strain to carry the outlandish movie that’s collapsing around them.

        The Details suffers from that age-old dilemma: It doesn’t know the difference between funny strange and funny ha-ha. Written and directed by Mean Creek‘s Jacob Aaron Estes, it’s neither amusing enough to work as a comedy nor affecting enough to work as a drama. One thing’s for sure: It won’t pull Maguire out of his career tailspin.

        One other thing: Watch your back, Andrew Garfield! Are your Spidey senses tingling?

        Can Tobey Maguire’s career be saved, or is it deader than Seabiscuit? Comment!



        Tobey Maguire has a bad reputation for being difficult to work with and treating human beings in general like garbage, so his avoidance of his fans isn’t surprising. Autograph Seeker magazine claims that Maguire is “so wrapped up in his own egotistical web that he has earned the distinction of being the worst signer of the year.”


        • Well here’s where it’s complicated. Great question, btw. So I can speculate having been right in the middle of it all. I believe that Tobey is a text-book narcissist. Hollywood is a very competitive place and think Don’s Plum threatened him. Perhaps is was the fact that RD might blow-up as an indie director. Or, that Connelly would have gotten a lot of attention (he was outstanding in the film). Whatever the reason(s) Tobey, and only Tobey, wanted the film dead. In the big “verbal bludgeoning” at Connelly’s Leo said the following to me, it aches to this day–“My agents told me I don’t have to worry about the film, it’s like a dollhouse or whatever (referring to Welcome to the Dollhouse, an outstanding movie if you haven’t seen it). Then he turned to Connelly and Bloom and said, “If I do this I’m doing it for you guys, not these pieces of sh** (referring to RD and myself). The Variety article gave Tobey the fuel to ignite what can only be described as a ridiculous witch hunt for my and the Director’s head… I swear all we did was make a movie – and all they did was act in it.


    • 10 Actors/Actresses Completely Cut From Movies After Filming:

      Tobey Maguire – Life of Pi

      What? Tobey Maguire was supposed to be in Life of Pi? As what? The tiger? Here’s what went down. Ang Lee cast Tobey as the interviewer who spoke with Pi Patel, and enjoyed Tobey’s performance. No doubt, Tobey was gentle and sincere in his line of questioning. However, Ang chose to cut Tobey’s stuff, and recast the role. Why, you ask? Because Tobey was too well known. He was famous. Ang Lee wanted the film to stand on its own without the audience being distracted by familiar actors. It sounds a little silly, but it makes sense. Would Tobey Maguire increase ticket sales for a film like this? No. So, you go with unknowns, and you allow an audience to have no nostalgic moments with Spider-Man. We can rest assured that Ang wouldn’t have cast Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain after he played The Joker.


    • TL;DR: Tobey Maguire is an evil genius who, when he decided to kill his friend’s career and film for selfish reasons, gained the support of his pal Leo by alleging that the filmmakers were trying to “pit the press against him.” Tobey then testified to having badmouthed the filmmakers everywhere and threatening every connection in Hollywood in order to block the film (even threatening to order a hit-man to kill the director), resulting in a lawsuit against him and Leo, resulting in a counter-suit on the filmmakers. After the settlement, the bank account that was supposed to supply the filmmakers with profits from foreign sales was mysteriously closed and, since they had no money left to fight, the film rights and profits remains stolen to this day. Since then, Tobey’s name has publicized next to Leo’s everywhere for always, which was certainly his intention to begin with.
      TL;DR, TL;DR: Indie filmmakers got f***ed by more powerful famous people for no reason other than Tobey Maguire’s ego.


    • NY Magazine did a very lengthy article on the Leo and the exploits of the Pussy Posse a few years ago (link below).

      The Daily Beast did a write-up on its re-emergence earlier this year:

      NY mag article:


  8. I read that Maguire’s one of the producers for a possible Robotech adaptation.


  9. forrestbracket

    theron has spoken nice things about maguire i dont remember hearing them fighting. franco tobey became buddies. he baby sit tobeys kids. fyi brothers did ok box office it made 46 worldwide on small budget of 26 . as for great gatsby t is Baz Luhrmann’s highest grossing film, earning over $350 million worldwide.[
    another thing pawn sacrifice is being released in Sept now with oscar buzz he at the same spot he did before spiderman indies he always wantred to do indies he choses not to be a list hes doing fine .


    • 10 Actors Who Are About To Make A Huge Comeback:

      Tobey Maguire – Pawn Sacrifice

      Remember Tobey Maguire? Of course you do. Can’t blame you if you’ve forgotten, though, given that Maguire hasn’t really featured in anything noteworthy since Spider-Man 3 – and even that movie was something of a huge critical bomb.

      Now, reminded that Tobey Maguire is still alive and well, some of you might be wondering: “Yeah, where is Tobey Maguire? What’s he up to these days?” Well, aside from appearing in The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio back in 2013, nothing much, actually. In fact, his career since 2007 has pretty much consisted of a few cameos and some TV work.

      But now Maguire is back, riding into Hollywood on the back of a potential Oscar-winner. That’s to say, Pawn Sacrifice – a biopic of chess prodigy Bobby Fischer – looks to be the stuff of Academy Awards glory, and certainly appears to be something of a comeback vehicle for the former Peter Parker, who is rumored to put in a truly brilliant performance.


  10. This tagline is nothing personal. It’s sort of like “Sorority Babes in the Slime ball Bowl-O-Rama” (as Dexter said, “What can I say, I like bowling”). It’s a deeper read than just being nosy, and sometimes offers some fun facts or clears the air on misconceptions. In general, I think the contributors and general attitude are just a real joy. Just an awesome site, I think. Foam fingers!


  11. forrestbracket

    tobey franco r good buddies lay off hes good actor


  12. forrestbracket

    this insult tobey good actor he dosent deserve this shit . every one of his costars love him hes ass to fans sign autographs but no diffcult like norton .tobey wants his career to be like that he prefers indies to spiderman


    • I wonder if maybe English isn’t your first language so you aren’t fully understanding the article. Though you’ve been here long enough that you should know a WTHH article isn’t intended to trash the subject. Pretty much all the ones I’ve read poke a little fun at the subject but are really just retrospectives of their career and end on a positive note. I’m not sure how anyone could read the last several paragraphs of the last page and think it was saying anything bad about Maguire. LeBeau basically said he’s not A list anymore but it is mostly by choice and Toby seems be be leading the life he wants.


    • A Restrained Appreciation of Tobey Maguire:

      Tobey Maguire shouldn’t be in The Spoils of Babylon. He doesn’t do comedy. He doesn’t do TV. A joint venture between Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny or Die and IFC, Babylon, which premieres next week, is a faux-melodramatic faux-adaptation of a bestselling novel chronicling the travails of a screwed-up family — like Wuthering Heights if it were filmed by the guys who made Anchorman, which it is. Maguire plays the adopted son of Tim Robbins’s oil tycoon Jonas Morehouse and alternately fights Japanese fighter pilots and incestuous urges. In between Will Ferrell in George R.R. Martin makeup and Kristen Wiig barking out her lines like a 1920s actress filming her first talkie, Maguire’s appeal as a movie star suddenly makes sense. He’s an interval. A lull. He’s the guy you go outside to smoke with at an interesting but crowded party. He’s an oasis of an actor.

      This quality has been hard to appreciate because it feels like congratulating someone for being a not-very-good movie star. Maguire always seems like he just wandered onto the film set. He portrays not-bad-looking guys whose emotional poles are “vaguely pleased” and “slightly perturbed” and who never get laid. (He stops sleeping with Charlize Theron in order to run a small-town orphanage in The Cider House Rules and spends more time worrying about his best friend’s shirt collection than his girlfriend’s “hard, jaunty body” in The Great Gatsby.) Maguire plays this character again in The Spoils of Babylon, but his inertia feels dynamic in the context of Wiig’s googly-eyed molestation. The show’s greatest trick is revealing that the mid-tier dramas that made Maguire famous were obscuring his real talent: whispering in a room full of crazy people.


  13. I don’t know, I like Kirsten Dunst (I think Reese Witherspoon is a snot, but I still think she’s a solid actress).


  14. forrestbracket

    leabeu mentioned that brothers was a flop it wasnt. show me links that say theron and tobey didnt get along.


    • Quote from the article:

      Brothers was a disappointment at the box office. It opened in third place behind The Blind Side and The Twilight Saga: New Moon both of which had been in theaters for three weeks by that point. It ended up barely recouping its production budget in the US.

      At no point did I call the movie “a flop”. I called it a “disappointment” and provided facts that support that statement.

      The bit on Theron comes from an article in the LA Times.

      You have a habit of challenging the content of my articles while providing no factual back-up for your opinions. If I am wrong, by all means call me on it. But to misrepresent what I wrote and then demand that I provide links backing up my research is a step too far. I’m going to start deleting your comments if they are repetition of previously expressed opinions without any kind of support. I’m going to hold your comments to the same standard you appear to be holding me.

      I’m also going to start deleting any and all comments that don’t make use of capital letters and punctuation. They are too hard to read.


  15. forrestbracket

    I am sorry. I didn’t mean to start a fight I just didn’t know tobey and theron had problems on set. The articles I read state caine praised tobey for his professionalism on the set. Brothers made 43 million off 26 million budget. Those figures sound more like it did OK .If I have find accurate information that you are wrong ill show you on it. I do find your article interesting and insightful. I am a huge Costner and Cruise fan and tend to think you trash their acting too much. However I enjoy your articles . I do not intend to start a war.


    • What I like about this site is that it’s kind, and gives good info. This isn’t internet muscles, this is The Lebeau Leblog:-)


    • Charlize Theron Says Working with Tobey Maguire on ‘Cider House Rules’ Was ‘Rough’

      By Jodi Guglielmi, People

      Charlize Theron and Tobey Maguire’s love in The Cider House Rules didn’t quite translate off-screen.

      In a new interview for V magazine’s Summer Hollywood issue, Theron, 40, revealed she had a “rough time” filming with Maguire on the 1999 film.

      “Tobey and I had a bit of a rough time, yeah. I mean, we’re good now. It was a difficult movie,” she said. “Every day is completely different for a completely different reason. Whether it’s the weather, or the writing isn’t there, or you don’t get along with your castmate you have to be able to go to something else that’s just as powerful. Does it make it as enjoyable? Probably not.”

      She continued: “I mean, there were just a couple of days that Tobey and I had a rough time. The rest of the movie, we actually had a really good time.”

      But despite any tension behind the scenes, Theron said she’s thankful for the experience and looks back at her time on set as a learning experience.

      “I love Tobey. I’m kind of glad we had that experience on that movie,” she said. “It teaches you different things. It taught me that I could fall in love with somebody in my head while looking at someone else. We had some really intimate moments. Tobey and I didn’t feel that way about each other, so I had to figure something else out.”

      This isn’t the first time Theron has admitted to butting heads with a fellow costar. She previously said she didn’t get along with Tom Hardy while filming Mad Max: Fury Road.

      “From what I hear, he’s not like that on every movie – I hear he’s had good experiences,” Theron said of working with Hardy. “Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other, and those characters had to struggle so much with each other. If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse.”


  16. forrestbracket

    yes and despite my argument ents i do enjoy his blogs . I find them interesting.


  17. How Jake Gyllenhaal Feels About Losing Out On Batman And Spider-Man Roles:

    I believe whatever happens, happens for good. I was definitely open to both the roles (of Spider- Man and Batman). However at a certain point you realise there is always someone more interesting, talented and ready to do the role. In any case, you are not going to get every role you go for. So you can say I neither rue nor am I thankful for having not worked on these superhero films.


    • About That Time Tobey Maguire Got Fired From Spider-Man and Was Replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal

      It’s 2003. Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man has just become the biggest movie of the year, grossing over $400 million (at the time, one of only four films to achieve that feat). Maguire had just wrapped filming on Seabiscuit, a prestige film that would go on to earn six Oscar nominations including Best Picture. He was, almost inexplicably given his boyish appearance, one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. In the same month, he graced the covers of GQ, Esquire and Teen Beat. He was on top of the world.

      And he was about to get fired.

      Maguire is a gambler. In recent years Maguire has found a relative amount of success going pro, playing in two World Series of Poker events. Though the Global Poker Index lists his official winnings at $218,858, professional poker player Phil Hellmuth estimates Maguire has won over $10 million over the years at the amateur level. But, while Maguire may be skilled at gambling in Hollywood, he had considerably less success gambling with Hollywood.

      After Maguire’s big year, he was looking at the prospects of returning for Spider-Man 2. Maguire, who was paid $4 million for the first Spider-Man film, saw how much the film made at the box office and reportedly wanted a more lucrative contract for future sequels. (By comparison, Andrew Garfield was paid only $500,000 for the first Amazing Spider-Man.) So, the actor allegedly hatched a negotiating tactic: He was going to play hardball.

      When director Sam Raimi asked Maguire to spend a day getting his face and body scanned for the complex visual effects scenes planned for the Spider-Man sequel, Maguire refused. Instead, Maguire sent neurosurgeon Dr. Ian Armstrong to meet with Raimi and producer Laura Ziskin claiming that a back injury the actor suffered while filming Seabiscuit left him physically unable to perform some of the complex stunt work planned for the film.

      Maguire’s publicist even issued a public statement:

      After doing two physically demanding films in a row, Tobey has experienced mild discomfort in his back which is in the final stages of healing. With an April 12 start date around the corner, everyone involved wants to be certain he is able to do the intense stunts.

      The star of one of the most anticipated films of the year was prepared to hold out. The only problem? Sony Pictures called his bluff.

      Executives at Sony were convinced the back pain was part of Maguire’s negotiating tactics (the actor was reportedly upset Ziskin made more money than he did on the first film). If he really wanted to be a part of the Spider-Man sequel, they thought, why didn’t he personally meet with Raimi and Ziskin instead of sending a doctor to deliver the message? (For his part, Maguire has maintained that any reports it was about money were “ridiculous.”) Within a few days of that fateful meeting, Sony pushed back the release date of Spider-Man 2 from May 7, 2004 to July 2. They also had bad news for Maguire: You’re fired.

      If Maguire wanted to play hardball, it was a game the studio knew how to play well. Raimi, Ziskin, and producer Avi Arad quickly met with Jake Gyllenhaal, who Raimi had seen starring alongside Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl, about taking over as the new Spider-Man. (Raimi would later claim it was for another project; why the meeting took place on the Spider-Man set with the Spider-Man producers has never been explained.) The news became public and Maguire quickly began sweating. A source close to the actor admitted to the Los Angeles Times, “A year from now? The public wouldn’t know the difference” between Maguire and Gyllenhaal as Peter Parker. A prescient point, considering Tom Holland was cast as Spider-Man just one year after Andrew Garfield starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

      Maguire, who would later say, “I never understood that we were at that point” where the studio was willing to make the sequel without him, went into panic mode. He sought counsel from Ron Meyer, the father of his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Meyer (now his wife), and not-so-coincidentally the Vice Chairman of NBC Universal, the studio releasing Seabiscuit. Meyer convinced Maguire the Spider-Man role was crucial to his career and that he should, despite what his ego might tell him, fight to get the part back. Meyer even went to Sony head Amy Pascal and asked for clemency. (His pleas were at least partly self-serving; Meyer didn’t want the controversy to effect the prospects of his upcoming Tobey Maguire movie.)

      Maguire sent Armstrong back in to meet with the stunt coordinators for the film and revisit some of the more problematic scenes, and suddenly, everything was approved. But that wasn’t all. Sony put their star through a rigorous physical examination and demanded he apologize. As Maguire would later explain to the Los Angeles Times, “[I had to] look these people in the face and say, ‘I’m really sorry. I’m going to do whatever it takes.’”

      The actor would later fire his agent, Leslie Siebert. “I feel like I learned a lesson,” said Maguire.

      Sony Pictures would continue on with Spider-Man 2 without incident, and despite the entire creative team returning (and solid reviews), the sequel made less money than the original film.

      As for Tobey Maguire, despite getting fired and having to beg his way back into the franchise, he was paid $17 million to return for the sequel, a $13 million raise.


  18. Thanks for the article! I really learned a lot. K, having read this, I do get a negative impression about Tobey. No, not a terrible person, but there does seem to be an aura of negativity around him. Personally, I don’t find the whole big stakes poker world to be very vibrationally attractive, and it sounds as though it has had a corrosive effect on the actor in question.

    That said, I really enjoyed him in the Spider-Man movies. 1 is the best, and I think 2 and 3 are about equal. I have never understood the hate for 3. I like the black suit and emo Peter stuff, including the dance (very funny!), and I think the alternate love interest with Dallas Bryce Howard is interesting.

    Sure, it’s a bit overpacked with the three villains, but 2 also suffers from its own issues. Fusion experiments in the middle of Manhattan? I think not. Strong AI for the robotic arms–that’s a nice invention, isn’t it? That alone would be world-changing, but apparently it’s just an “app” that Doc Ock has strapped on. The magnetism at the end is selectively pulling in this and that–in reality, such a force would wreak great havoc across the region and would suck in all ferrous metal, not just random objects. It would instantly collapse the entire structure surrounding the fusion reaction. All of this is total nonsense in terms of science and makes for some pretty dumb images at the end.

    I wish they had done a 4th movie. It’s a shame what ended up happening. Such is Hollywood.

    I think Tobey is basically done as a major actor. Gatsby was his swan song, and it wasn’t all that great.


  19. forrestbracket

    I dont think he ever wants to + go back to popcorn films. most of his films are indies. I am sure after spider the offers came but he prefers smaller films pawn sacrifice seems like oscar bait i see him getting nom. MAybe he will big budget role if leo is lead or supporting role i think he likes staying under the radar . that way he can make the movies he wants without being in public eye which he hates.


    • It makes you wonder why he even bothered w/ the Spider-Man role in the first place if Tobey doesn’t like those types of movies. I’ve been trying to look for an interview that he did around the time that “Spider-Man 3” came out on “Live w/ Regis & Kelly”, where Tobey said point blank that superhero movies aren’t his “favorite genre”. It pretty much echoed Kirsten Dunst’s interview w/ Meredith Vieira on “The Today Show” about her own weariness w/ having to do another Spider-Man movie:

      I seriously wonder if the fall-out from “Spider-Man 3” not getting so many great reviews and the realization that we weren’t going to get anymore Spider-Man movies from the Sam Raimi universe, was the significant “turning point” in the general public “turning” on both Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst?

      I guess it’s sort of similar to Hollywood wanting to “punish” Michael Keaton as payback for backing out of the Batman series after the negative response to “Returns” (presumably in part, to show solidarity to Tim Burton) and Joel Schumacher and Akiva Goldsman taking the franchise into the abyss w/ the later two films. Like Michael Keaton with Batman. Tobey Maguire seemed to overestimate his worth (if you believe the stories of him feigning a back injury in order to get more money to play Spider-Man a second time) in the superhero film department.


  20. thomas osgoode

    i remember Wonder boys being a great film…and also remember how the trailers made the film seem bizarre …


  21. forrestbracket

    tobey best performance he brought life to character. cant blieve that movie flopped. it seems alot of his good films flop pleasentville ice storm and wonder boys. ciderhouse was his best film i prefer tobeys indies to spiderman


  22. forrestbracket

    since spiderman being rebooted(again!) I think it would be interesting to see tobey play a villain role in the series. Since he was never A list never a huge draw since you can put anyone no name actor in the series it would still be a hit like Andrew Garfield. Supporting roles in big budget hits can put him at least on the edge of spotlight again . Great gatsby put a hit under his belt even if the credit for the movie success goes to leo bankabillity.


  23. Tobey Maguire Thinks Fame Is Too Easy for Young Hollywood:

    Vulture is posing an interesting question to some of Hollywood’s leading men: “Where are the new Leos, Tobeys and Jakes?” While there seems to be a crop of up-and-coming young female stars, the men seem to be lacking.

    The publication spoke with Tobey Maguire about this issue and he gave them an interesting perspective on the topic.

    “Movies now have more to do with an aesthetic,” Maguire said, “than they do with a performance. Growing up, it was always my ambition to work with great actors and great directors, and it was Leo’s ambition, too, so that’s what we were focused on and aiming for. Parts like those start to shape you as an actor, and they shape people’s perception of you, too. Leo going into This Boy’s Life at 15 years old and working with Robert De Niro, that shapes the rest of his career — and the studios aren’t [making] many movies like that anymore.”

    The Great Gatsby star even proves his point by mentioning that his current film, Pawn Sacrifice, was made outside the studio system. The Bobby Fischer biopic couldn’t find the funding from the major players.

    Besides the lack of quality films in the medium-budget range, Maguire explained that fame is sometimes too easy for the young stars. They get lazy early on in their careers.

    He shared, “You don’t have the opportunity these days to develop good habits, or maybe even the desire to. If Leo [DiCaprio] and I were young now, I’d still aspire to work with great people, but those jobs don’t exist anymore. I would feel like my only opportunities were in YA franchises and superhero movies. You can hold out for something better only for so long until you’re like, Okay, I need a job!”

    In fact, it’s why stars like Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt and even Tom Hardy are finding stardom in their 30s versus their 20s. However, there is one young actor Maguire thinks everyone should keep their eye on — Jack O’Connell. He’s currently in Starred Up and Angelina Jolie‘s upcoming film, Unbroken.

    At least their is one male star on the rise.


  24. I pictured tobey in antman . WIth all these superhero reboots coming up who says tobey cant score lead role. It would be neat if tobey landed a villain role in spidermna reboot.


  25. I see pawn sacrifice sweeping the oscar best picture . It will do so so in box office. That could still do wonders for his career. I think tobey got taste of the box office life didnt care for it now did what he likes. He for the most part chooses not to be a list. i love his spiderman the best but i prefer his indies


  26. He does have chops to lead another superhero flick.


  27. Terence clay i actually wanted too pawn sacrifice good to hear its good film. But I am guessing you dont see it getting best picture nom .


  28. Jimmy Kimmel caps off live Mean Tweet week with George Clooney and Halle Berry:

    Naomi Watts and Tobey Maguire also read their mean tweets on last night’s show.


  29. Is There a Spider-Man Curse?

    You’ve probably heard of the Superman curse: Bad things happen to people who play The Man of Steel, whether it’s the tragic deaths of George Reeves and Christopher Reeve or the career deaths of Dean Cain (soon to be oh-so-briefly-seen as the titular heroine’s adoptive dad on CBS’ new Supergirl) and Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., anyone… anyone?).

    I’m starting to think there’s a dark cloud over anyone who plays Spider-Man as well, especially after seeing the two most recent web-slingers, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, in nearly empty theaters playing their new indie dramas, 99 Homes and Pawn Sacrifice. Granted, even the Justice League and Marvel Universe combined probably couldn’t force mass audiences to see movies with such uncommercial topics as chess and real estate. But even in the rarified world of arthouses, these films have underperformed. And that’s a shame, at least in one of these cases.

    That would be the case of 99 Homes. Garfield, with a flawless American accent, plays a Florida single dad who’s evicted by a Machiavellian real-estate agent (Michael Shannon, aka General Zod from Man of Steel… uh oh!). Desperate for work, the construction worker starts doing odd jobs for the realtor and ends up learning the evil tricks of his trade.

    It’s an old-fashioned morality play, but cowriter-director Ramin Barani treats it like the horror film it truly is. With his laser eyes and ever-present e-cig, Shannon embodies a very modern devil, and the flawless cast also includes Laura Dern as Garfield’s world-weary mom and Tim Guinee as a there-but-for-the-grace-of-God homeowner whom Garfield must evict. On the surface, 99 Homes is an entertaining thriller, but on a deeper level, it probably hits too close to home for many Americans.

    The problem with Pawn Sacrifice is that there is no deeper level to its portrait of tortured chess genius Bobby Fischer. It’s not Maguire’s fault, nor can I quibble with the work of such top-notch character actors as Liev Schreiber (as Terminator-esque Russian champ Boris Spassky), Peter Sarsgaard (as a priest who inexplicably becomes one of Fischer’s manager) or Michael Stuhlbarg (Shannon’s fellow Boardwalk Empire gangster).

    But none of the characters’ motivations are ever made clear, and the film’s depiction of Cold War America is like a coloring book compared to Steven Spielberg’s brilliant new Soviet-era drama Bridge of Spies. Director Edward Zwick (Glory) pumps up the soundtrack with hits from the period like Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Travelin’ Band” and the Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music.” Yet all you can really do is listen to the music, because there’s not much else going on.

    Pawn Sacrifice downplays the uglier manifestations of Fischer’s mental illness, especially his anti-Semitism, perhaps in an attempt to get viewers to root for him. Yet he’s such an unpleasant character that we end up feeling like the pawns.

    Spider-Man is about to get another reboot, with the gifted young British actor Tom Holland (The Impossible) as wall-crawler Peter Parker. One can only hope his Spidey senses are tingling, and he won’t get caught in the same career web that has ensnared his predecessors. Anybody heard from Nicholas Hammond lately?


  30. Tobey is getting lots os work and praise for pawn sacfrice. I would say his career is doing good. Hes just not itnerested in doing big budgets he indie guy


    • Then why is this WTHHT article written about him in the first place if that’s your simple conclusion? I think most casual film goers would immediately wonder how he could go from headlining a major superhero franchise like Spider-Man to appearing in movies that most people haven’t heard of or have little interest in season.


  31. Just telling you he chooses to do indies. I am sure he must gotten losts of offers for blockbusters after spiderman maybe he turns them down. He pretty did indies movie. If you look at his filmgrpahy not aLOT OF box office films.


    • I guess what I meant to say is that simply saying that about Tobey Maguire post-Spider-Man “He likes to do indies that’s all!” is a bit of a too obvious or easy of a rationale/explanation.


    • I think Tobey is too boyish-looking and -seeming to do really serious adult roles. Coincidentally, I think his buddy DiCaprio suffers from much the same issue, and I have a hard time enjoying him as an actor. Tobey was OK as Nick in the Great Gatsby, which was his last big role. But that part fit his boyish quality, since he is playing a young, naive guy.

      I liked Tobey a lot in the Spider-Man movies, where of course he was playing a teenager. I just don’t think there are going to be a whole lot of big leading man parts for him going forward. Hence, it’s great that he likes to do indies, but I think that they will be mostly all he can do.


      • From what I understand, that was the rub on someone like Matthew Broderick; that he never really aged much from what he looked like in his early days, so he wasn’t really viewed as someone who would be accepted into transitioning into mature roles. Tobey Maguire may have a similar issue.


        • Another thing that arguably holds somebody like Tobey Maguire back as he gets older is his voice. Tobey has kind of a nasally, crackling voice. This is why he was in part, plausible for somebody like Peter Parker, since Peter Parker is already a nerdy kind of character to begin with. I guess it would on the surface make it hard to take him seriously in more “against type” sort of roles like “Brothers”, where he played a war vet w/ PTSD issues. What I mean is that I wouldn’t immediately envision Tobey Magurie in more grizzled, masculine type of parts.


        • Matthew Broderick I hate to say this, besides his his “boyishness” no longer being viable or appealing as he matured, was (as I tried to detail in his own WTHHT article) was arguably not the strongest actor to begin with (especially as he got older).


        • For one of the worst performances of all time, see Broderick in the movie version of “The Music Man.” There are not words…


      • I’ve always gotten the sense that Mark Hamill never tried that hard to become a BIG MOVIE STAR. The only time he headlined a movie after Star Wars was Corvette Summer in ’78 which fizzled. After that he took supporting roles in films like The Big Red One, and after he completed Return of the Jedi he didn’t appear in another theatrical film for another six years, instead focusing on the theatre (he performed Amadeus before it became a hit film). I get the sense from the way he carries himself that he’s ok with how things turned out for him. Whenever I listen to him in interviews he always seems so friendly and likeable with a ton of great anecdotes that he’s happy to share.


  32. One can say samething about Michael j fox. He couldnt play teens his whole life he was too old. PLus he was too young looking to fully devolp adult career. It explaisn why even michael had a good movie career he never fully reached a list like everyone thought he would hit. His career before spin city was on the rokc with flops like greedy and fierghtners.


  33. I tihnk if tobey bulks up more like leo for roles he will be taken more seriously. Leo long way from that kid on growing pains. Michael j fox career was on spiral before spin city. Had he never got Parkinson spin city would be even more popular when show ended maybe it would gave him alec baldwin type career. No offense to fox hes good actor people blame parkinson but his movie career was slightly on rocks before he was offical with his diease theres a reason he went from back to future to back to tv. Hes good actor but back then actors went bacl to tv when there careers where falling


    • I agree about Fox. Here again, he did his biggest movies (Future Series, Teen Wolf, Bright Lights/Big City) again playing a teenager/young adult. He was a “cute” actor.

      For DiCaprio, do you mean literally “bulk up” by pumping iron? I don’t think that would help Tobey as its about face, height, and as Terrence aptly observes, voice.

      I think DiCaprio is lucky to have got as far as he has in his career. He has just never seemed like a “real adult” to me. And that’s not a matter of image from Titanic and whatnot; he just never has. But I think he’s also a much stronger basic actor than Tobey.


  34. Dont cut Tobey short hes no Leo acting wise but hes talented actor is capable of taking on strong roles. look at Brothers he was incredible in that. Leo was considered a sex symbol that also helped move him onto bigger roles, tOBEY WASNT heartthrob like leo. As for the board about fox doc hollywood got good reviews was a box office hit at its time. So was HArd Way .I actually enjoyed alot fox roles guilty pleasures of mine . Even though alot of them they tanked in box office. Here interview why fox went back to tv. He rleized best comedy scripts are on tv. I truly think fox is a good actor


  35. despite the backlash it was highest gorssing movie of the 3 movie.l In my opinon it was best movie of 3 . Like daredevil it had so much backlash people forget it was a hi


    • No it wasn’t. It made money, but it was the lowest grossing of the Raimi movies. You’re looking at worldwide figures unadjusted for inflation. Those figures are no good.


      • Each Raimi Spider-man film earned less than the one before while each succeeding one escalated in budget. Going by domestic numbers: Spider-Man cost $140 Million and earned $403 Million. Spiderman 2 cost $200M and earned $373M. Spiderman 3 cost $258M and earned $336M. The third one made money, but that profit margin was shrinking with each one. Then again looking at how Amazing Spiderman 2 underperformed, Sony probably longs for the days of Spiderman 3’s box office performance.


  36. Even so I still enjoyed the movie. I wish venom got more screentime. They do a wonderful of job placing 3 villains in story line without it beign crammed .


  37. Maybe tobe could be a successfull character actor in big budget films. I truly think he is talented. iam dying to see pawn sacfrice but my theatre dosent have it


  38. I heard 3rd movie was originally suppose to have cliffhanger to have a 4th movie but Sam decided to have just 3rd. I enjoyed balance of comedy and action in it. What I really liked was the portion of man vs himself in the film. Spiderman didnt just battle venom and sandman he battled his own ego. He got lost in fame and forget why he becAme spidermna. I do say despite toopher and thomas doing good in their roles i wish they kind of swtich spots. Because tophers body type fit vemon and vice versa.


  39. I truly enjoy tobeys non spiderman films better in comparison. Sea biscuit pleasentvill wonder boys and cider house rules. He does have acting chops


  40. You think tobey douche treatment towards his fans is why his career hasn’t advanced further.


  41. Hey Marvel — Sam Raimi Would Love Another Shot At “Spider-Man”


  42. Stories about actors being diffcult to work with hurt more. Aside from Theron (Who has her fair share of arguments on set) tobey has not been too bad on set.


    • Ha, I was viewing Retroware’s “The Video Game Years: 1989” the other day, and they had an Atari Lynx commercial that featured Tobey Maguire (I don’t think it was as quite as fun as some of those Elizabeth Shue/Meg Ryan commercials though:-).


  43. At least hes getting work in indies.


  44. Tobey will always best Spider man. Andrew was good but not awkward enough to be spiderman


  45. Lebeau interesting James Franco who played green goblin in spider man had more success in movies then him. James had the leading man career people thought Tobey would achieve after Spiderman.


  46. Maguire (along with Keanu Reeves) makes WatchMojo’s list of Top 10 Actors Who Look Young for Their Age


  47. Keanu is has transition into adult roles.


  48. Pawn sacrifice was another flop. Hopefully if Leo is cast in a lead maybe he can throw tobey a bone because tobey is not bankable outside of spiderman. I guess he could get good parts in supporting role. I could see him having supporitng role in the new spiderman reboot. I truly think tobey is good actor I love spiderman but feel his indies that flop are better


  49. I heard comments saying will tobey ever go back to a list?. He was never a list . Aside from spiderman his box office is not high. Seabiscuit and great gatsby only box office hits outside of spiderman. Great Gatsby would not have been hit without leo who overshadowed tobeys presence. He always enjoyed indies more. I think he did not quite know how to capitalize on success of spiderman cause he was still not used to being mainstream he did not know what movies might profitable. Its fair to say before spiderman tobey was depps before pirates except unlike depp tobey never went on to bigger things.


  50. NOT sure if Tobey is difficult to work with. Besides the feud with Theron on Cider House Rules I have not heard any difficult stories.


  51. 10 Actors Who Were Cut Out Of Movies For Ridiculous Reasons

    Tobey Maguire – Life Of Pi

    Tobey Maguire hasn’t had the best of luck since the end of his Spider-Man run; he’s mostly appeared in little-seen indie dramas and had a few supporting turns in the likes of The Great Gatsby. He appeared to be getting a boost when he signed on for Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi, based on the bestselling book. The movie would go on to be showered in Oscar nominations, but poor Tobey didn’t receive any of the kudos.

    After filming his scenes Lee made the drastic decision to scrap all the footage, citing that Tobey was too distractingly famous for the role. Instead, he reshot all the Maguire scenes with Rafe Spall, who was apparently just the right level of unknown for the movie.

    The decision sounds a little rash, and if Lee felt that why he could have saved everyone a lot of time by not casting a famous actor in the first place.


    • 10 Deleted Stars That Were Bigger Than The Final Movie

      Tobey Maguire – Life Of Pi

      For Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi, a framing device was used to tell what was considered to be an ‘unfilmable’ novel: author Yann Martel, played in the movie by Rafe Spall, interviews his latest subject about his time spent adrift at sea. The focus, though, was always to remain on Pi (Irrfan Khan/Suraj Sharma). and his travels across a big CGI ocean with a cartoon tiger.

      In the original version of the film, Martel was played not by Spall, but by Tobey Maguire. Lee mercilessly cut Maguire and re-shot the scenes with Spall, when he decided he wanted the character to be played by someone who was enough of an unknown to not distract the audience from Pi’s story, which is a weird kind of compliment to Maguire and pretty much a straight insult to Spall.

      It wasn’t Maguire’s first time being removed from a film he was the biggest thing in: he was also completely cut out of 1995’s music-shop comedy Empire Records. But seeing as no one saw it, he probably wasn’t as bothered.


  52. Seems Like James Franco ‘Really Didn’t Like’ Making The ‘Spider-Man’ Movies

    Franco never explicitly mentions Spider-Man, or that time he gave Pussy Posse member Tobey Maguire an atomic wedgie (probably). But unless there’s an Annapolis 2 and Annapolis 3 I don’t know about, it’s clear he’s talking about Sam Raimi’s web-slinging series. Franco’s just mad he never got to dance.


  53. Ironic Franco had the villain role yet he had the better career then tobey.


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  55. At least Cruise is not difficult to work with or rude to his fans like TObey. Russel Brand has said nothing but good things about Tom ditto with hackman ,hoffman and blunt.


  56. 10 Actors Everybody Thinks Can Act But Can’t

    By this point Maguire’s Spider-Man cry face is seared into the minds of pop culture fanatics and internet users the world over. Besides that and the odd facial expression denoting severe physical stress – usually also seen in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy – Maguire’s face usually rests at a kind of dopey, vaguely-bemused setting.

    Take another look at The Cider House Rules or The Great Gatsby and then try and claim there’s much range the guy shows between the two. When it comes to Maguire it feels like another case of an actor who got too used to one particular style of acting and never really broke out of it.

    Even when he’s vaguely interesting in roles he is usually charitably put alongside someone more talented who does the heavy lifting and leg-work, and any claim he’s ever had of being a real leading man have been widely misplaced.


  57. Tobey is subtle with his acting. WOnder boys he came off as funny.


  58. Why Hollywood won’t cast Tobey Maguire anymore

    Ten years ago, Tobey Maguire was an A-list star with an Oscar-winning movie and a record-breaking superhero franchise to his name. Nowadays, you pretty much never hear about him. Let’s go beyond the 25th Hour and Seabiscuit to see what Maguire has been up to lately.

    Spider-Man 3 kind of ruined everything

    The Spider-Man franchise made Tobey Maguire a superstar. It also stunted his career. Well, one of the movies did, anyway. By the time Spider-Man 3 rolled into theaters in 2007, Maguire was riding high off the film’s predecessor, which did insanely well among critics and at the box office; to this day, Spider-Man 2 is considered one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. Spider-Man 3 failing to follow in its footsteps was inevitable; and making a better movie felt almost impossible at the time. Still, nobody was quite prepared for just how bad Spider-Man 3 would ultimately be. Even director Sam Raimi admitted Spider-Man 3’s shortcomings in a 2014 interview with Nerdist. “I messed up plenty with the third Spider-Man, so people hated me for years. They still hate me for it,” he said. “It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well.”

    Spider-Man 4 got cancelled

    After Spider-Man 3, Raimi and his team aimed to correct all mistakes by making a fourth Spider-Man movie. Unfortunately, Sony scrapped the project. Supposedly. Raimi couldn’t get a script done on their timeline. Instead, Sony would pursue a reboot of the franchise, which inevitably became 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield. Back then, the decision made sense; it had been three long years since Spider-Man 3 hit theaters, and Maguire was already pushing 35. Raimi told Vulture: “I was very unhappy with Spider-Man 3, and I wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note. But I couldn’t get the script together in time, due to my own failings, and I said to Sony, ‘I don’t want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn’t make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway.'” We still wish the Evil Dead director could’ve done Spider-Man 4.

    His boyish charm stopped working

    Tobey Maguire has a rather young look to his face, and an even softer voice, all of which worked so well when he first became a star in movies like The Cider House Rules and the aforementioned Spider-Man franchise. As he got older, Maguire never quite aged out of his boyish charm, making it difficult for audiences to connect with him as he began to take on more mature roles. One needn’t look further than Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby in 2013. He basically looked like he was playing a slightly older version of his character from The Cider House Rules. Ironically, it’s the exact same problem Maguire’s close friend and Great Gatsby co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, managed to overcome in the late ’00s by taking on grittier roles. If he hasn’t already, he might want to give Leo a call.

    He’s been busy producing movies

    Perhaps Maguire could read the writing on the wall; or perhaps he was just itching to do something else. Whatever the reason, Maguire has spent a good chunk of the last few years behind the camera producing films through his production company, Material Pictures. Maguire’s career as a producer hasn’t exactly been all that great. In two specific cases, Maguire has been linked to high-profile projects that strangely never materialized: an adaptation of Tokyo Suckerpunch, which supposedly had Anne Hathaway and Seabiscuit director Gary Ross attached; and the comic-book adaptation Afterburn, which piqued the interest of Gerard Butler and, at one point, director Antoine Fuqua. The films co-produced by Maguire that actually made it to the screen haven’t done well. Among the worst: Rock of Ages, which made $38.5 million of a $75 million budget; Pawn Sacrifice, which pulled a mere $2.4 million in 2015; and the 2016 thriller The 5th Wave, which climbed to $33.1 million. It’s definitely time to call Leo.

    His penchant for gambling got him a lot of bad press

    Maguire’s penchant for gambling is the stuff of Hollywood legend. In 2011, his name was linked to an illegal poker club that allegedly involved Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and DiCaprio. Maguire was subsequently sued for his involvement after it was uncovered that the ringleader, Bradley Ruderman, had been using his investor’s money in their poker games. Maguire settled in 2012 to avoid litigation, according to Celebuzz. Two years after Maguire’s settlement, a woman named Molly Bloom, who organized many of the high-profile poker games, wrote a scathing memoir called Molly’s Game, which detailed some of Maguire’s alleged bad behavior. “[Maguire] was the worst tipper, the best player, and the absolute worst loser,” Bloom wrote (via Vanity Fair). During one particular game, Bloom claims that Maguire made her “bark like a seal who wants a fish” to obtain a $1,000 chip. After Blown laughed nervously, Maguire allegedly fired back, saying, “I’m not kidding. What’s wrong? You’re too rich now? You won’t bark for a thousand dollars?” That doesn’t sound very Spidey-like.

    He’s a dad now

    Having said all of this, one has to remember that we’re no longer living in 2001. In other words, Maguire is now 40 years old, married, and has two kids. There’s a distinct chance that he might have bowed out of Hollywood to relax a bit and be a family man with the leftover money he earned throughout his career. That certainly wouldn’t be unheard of for a celebrity who spent around six years headlining one of the biggest movie franchises in the world. It may also explain his decision to star in IFC’s unique TV miniseries, The Spoils of Babylon, which became an unexpected hit in 2014. He just doesn’t have to care that much anymore. Spider-Man 3’s Emo Parker would be so proud.


    • 16 Ways Spider-Man 3 Ruined The Character

      It almost hurts to acknowledge how old the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films have become. They’re George W. Bush first-term, clicky-wheel iPod old. The Tobey Maguire-starring flicks laid a lot of the superhero groundwork, so fanboys owe Mr. Raimi a debt of gratitude for getting the party started. Given everything he set up with Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 (which Roger Ebert adored, calling it the “superhero movie for people who don’t go to superhero movies”), Sam Raimi birthed a tri-headed monster in the form of Spider-Man 3. While the promotional trailers caught our attention with teases of Spider-Man and his Venomous reflection, the third entry was The Godfather: Part 3 of the Marvel Universe.

      With Marvel finally at the helm of one of Stan Lee’s most beloved characters, we’re only a few weeks away from seeing Tom Holland’s ballyhooed take on the web-slinger.

      Just how misguided was Spider-Man 3? Well, let’s figure it out. Here are 16 Ways Spider-Man 3 Ruined The Character


    • 16 Insanely Hot Actors Hollywood Won’t Cast Anymore


      His boyish appeal brought Maguire into A-List territory in award fodder like, Wonder Boys, Sea Biscuit, and The Cider House Rules. He also pioneered the Spider-Man franchise, web slinging through three films before retiring his Spidey suit. Many blame his campy emo strut in Spider-Man 3 for the career stall. Sony nixed a 4th film, electing for a reboot. Perhaps the perpetually pubescent voice and puppy-dog eyes that served him well in his youth aren’t as effectual from a man in his 40s. Maguire’s last live action role was former child chess prodigy, Bobby Fisher, in 2014’s self-produced Pawn King. Then, it was crickets until landing narrator duties in 2017’s Boss Baby. Maguire has all but hung up his acting shoes, staying behind the camera with his production company, Material Pictures. A known gambling addict, he has used his time out of the spotlight to focus on recovery and parenting his two children.


    • 15 Actors Who Lost Roles Because Of Crazy Demands


      Why does it always come down to money? At least these greedy Hollywood stars constantly come up with creative ways to try to extort their producers. When Tobey Maguire decided his $4 million Spider-Man paycheck wasn’t enough, he attempted to manipulate more cash out of the sequel.

      Maguire faked a back injury and sent a doctor to deem him unfit for work… unless he got paid, of course. Because money makes the pain go away, apparently. So, Sony fired him and hired Jake Gyllenhaal instead.

      That’s right, for a very brief moment Gyllenhaal was Spider-Man. However, Maguire’s wife convinced him that he kind of really needed this job and that it was important to his career. So he gave in, of course, and Gyllenhaal was replaced with the guy he just replaced.


      • So, he didn’t lose a role due to crazy demands…

        Also, this makes a lot of assumptions. While I believe Maguire tried to play hardball in his negotiations, I wouldn’t say he “faked a back injury”. Pretty much everyone denies Maguire was ever seriously replaced – not that I believe their denials but the official story should at least be factored in here.


        • Tobey didn’t seem to learn from Michael Keaton (and later Val Kilmer), when he dropped out of the Batman franchise after only two movies. Not everybody can be like Christopher Reeve or Robert Downey Jr., where you’re portrayal of a comic book superhero is so transcended that it would be utterly sacrilegious to try to replace them in one fell swoop.


  59. It is beating dead horse however tobey was never a list. SPiderman films would have been hits without him. Great Gatsby was a hit because people to see a dicaprio flick his star power out weighed tobey. Sea Biscuit only film his name drew crowd to. After Spiderman it seemed for most part he did not want movie star roles wanted to be serious actor. He most part strayed away from popcorn films for indies he enjoyed. I am sure given he was lead in one of the biggest franchises he must been offered a lot of the top role maybe he turned them down for roles he likes


    • If Tobey Maguire were ever remotely “A-list”, then it’s quite foolish to not immediately assume that he was there during his stint as Spider-Man (which would be roughly 2001-2008). “Spider-Man” for all intents and purposes, (even though he wasn’t quite an “unknown” at the time) officially made him a household name.


      • Make or Break – Films that defined a career… Tobey Maguire

        Spider-Man Trilogy – Break

        To say that Tobey Maguire has had an up and down career to date would have to be an understatement. From struggling to find work and battling an alcohol addiction, Maguire went on to take the lead in a film adaptation of one of the most famous comics ever written.

        Spider-Man Success

        ‘Spider-Man‘ was initially a sensation; it grossed hundreds of millions and gained good reviews. Maguire was praised for a poignant performance as Peter Parker and how convincing he was as ‘Spider-Man‘ also.

        The film was nominated for two Oscars and not long after, a second film was announced with Maguire confirmed to continue his role. Again, the film was a triumph and Maguire was now a household name in and around Hollywood.

        The 3rd and final installment of the trilogy was less successful, leading to many suggestions that this would be the last film and despite rumors that a 4th film was in the pipeline, those have since been rejected, Maguire himself saying; “To me it seems like this is a natural point for the team to break up because we have a lot of story conclusions that were going along for the main characters for the first two movies and we kind of tie almost everything up for the third movie. It feels like a trilogy to me and it feels like the end.”

        It was the end of ‘Spider-Man‘ but it should have just been the start of Maguire’s highly promising career. Maguire put a lot of time into the films, often turning down other roles due to the possibility of filming clashing with the ‘Spider-Man‘ films.

        Early career

        Maguire started off auditioning for parts in his late teens, often landing roles but only minor parts as his career took some time to take off.

        Along the way he found himself competing for parts against a certain Leonardo DiCaprio more often than not. The two became good friends and remain so to this day and this showed by them making a pact ensuring they would both help each other get parts in films or TV shows if one was to get the role they originally both auditioned for.

        Whilst this seemed to kick start DiCaprio’s career, Maguire’s stalled. A combination of a party lifestyle and heavy drinking saw Maguire take a back seat from acting as he sought to clean himself up. Maguire has been sober ever since he checked himself into Alcoholics Anonymous in 1995.

        Eventual Breakthrough

        The effort was worth it though as in the period leading up to ‘Spider-Man’, after finally taking the lead role in ‘The Ice Storm’ in 1997, Maguire went on to star in two Oscar winning films (‘The Cider House Rules’ and ‘Wonder Boys’) along with ‘Pleasantville’ which was nominated for three.

        Change In Direction

        However, since the ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy has ended, Maguire for some reason or another has not starred in many films since. Whether this is down to the high physical demands that the role asked for or if he just decided to have a short break, the truth is Maguire seems to have gone off the radar slightly.

        He did go on to star alongside Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Brothers’ which did see Maguire get a nomination for a Golden

        Globe for his part in this compelling drama in which he plays a Marine Captain who is held as a prisoner of war and presumed dead by his family. On his eventual return he grows suspicious and paranoid of a possible relationship between his wife and brother.

        Maguire’s role in this film is fascinating as we see a new dark side to his acting that many critics were shocked and surprised to see.

        What’s Next?

        Since securing the role of Peter Parker, Maguire went on to make over $35,000,000 from the ‘Spider-Man‘ trilogy and he had finally got his big money role. Unfortunately, it has failed to propel his career into a worldwide phenomenon, much like his friend DiCaprio has managed to achieve.

        A multi-talented and well respected actor; it should not be difficult for Maguire to resurrect a stuttering career and starring alongside DiCaprio in ‘The Great Gatsby’ may well be the start of a new lease of life.


    • Actors who were almost cast as Spider-Man

      Jake Gyllenhal

      Of course, the part of Raimi’s Peter Parker ultimately went to Tobey Maguire, and the rest is Spidey history. Maguire was propelled to A-list stardom after the first film in the eventual trilogy stormed to the top of the domestic box office in 2003, though he almost never made it to the second movie after sustaining a back injury while filming Seabiscuit in 2003. Jake Gyllenhaal was drafted in to take his place, though he was dropped again when Maguire made a miraculous recovery in time for shooting. It isn’t the first time Gyllenhaal has narrowly missed out on playing an iconic superhero: he was also close to playing Christopher Nolan’s Batman, only to be beaten to the role by Christian Bale.


  60. Don’s Plum → How Did This Get Made? → Bad Movie Recommendations


    • The director/writer/whatever was sued by Tobey Maguire, who has fought to keep the film from ever being released. Said director/writer has written a few public essays on the subject insisting that Leonardo Dicaprio is a decent guy being manipulated by Tobey Maguire, and makes him out to be a total di**.


  61. His box office for most part outside of spider man is not that good. Spiderman got his name out there . He was mostly known as indie actor before spiderman. CIder house was his most successful box office film prior to first spiderman that film did ok. Great gatsby made money becuase of leo. It was another leo film., Seabiscuit only film one can say his name helped draw people in. It takes more then one film to be a list. You could put any no name and spiderman would been a hit. Although i liked alot of films think he is taletned outside spiderman he has had alot of box office flops. Pleasentville wonder boys,Deconstruction Harry,Ice storm ,Good German,Details ,Labor Day and pawn sacrifice. Cats and dog i forget was a hit but again he was the voice kids saw the film not knowing he was in it. Wow looking back he has had a lot of flops (good actor) lol I guess box office poison is good phrase for him


  62. Billy bob thorton career has been on the skids aside from puss in boots has not been in any hits in last 12 years


  63. he would be good candidate.


  64. The CineFiles Podcast – Episode #34

    On Episode #34 of The CineFiles Podcast, the gang gives their thoughts on some of the films that wound up emerging from the Sundance Film Festival and discuss the pros and cons of submitting your film to the festival circuit. They also talk TURBO KID, THE CENTRAL PARK 5, PAWN SACRIFICE, the HBO series CARNIVALE, JACK’S BACK and so much more.


  65. What movies killed what actor’s career?

    Back injury from filming Spider-Man 2, and he also hated being a major celebrity. He’s become, by his own admission, a “recluse”, and only chooses the occasional small role, now.


  66. Nostalgia Critic: Cats & Dogs (2001)


  67. Biggest douchebag celebrity that you’ve met?

    Tobey Maguire when I was visiting the set of Brothers. They filmed the movie in the sound stages at my school and so I had the opportunity to visit the set a few times as well as knew people who worked on the film.

    Tobey had rules on set, one of them being that nobody was allowed to look him in the eye and if you did, he would demand you were fired. This happened to my friend on his first day before he had time to learn Tobey’s rules.

    I also remember that he had his own personal chef in his trailer, but still spent every crew break standing in the middle of the craft services tent, pretending like he was just hanging out, talking to nobody. He just stood there while people ate. I think he liked that he was the obvious sight in the room and yet, nobody was allowed to look at him.

    I’ve heard even more horror stories from other friends who worked with him in various capacities on other films, he seems like an all around, 24/7 a**hole.


    • Just thought I’d chime in.. I worked as an extra on Gatsby. Leo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire seemed like douchebags. However Amitabh Bachchan and Joel Edgerton were really lovely guys, happy to chat to anyone who wanted to talk to them. Also Sacha Baron-Cohen was on set visiting his wife and he was also really cool. Let me get an autograph and all.


      • Tobey Maguire in general based on all that I’ve read so far, seems like an extremely mean, upright, insecure, arrogant, spiteful man. It’s extremely hard to enjoy the Spider-Man movies (yes, even the third one) knowing that Peter Parker in real life is a gigantic douche-nozzle. The Molly Bloom story was pretty much the clincher or the cherry on top.

        He’s the classic wolf in sheep’s clothing type. Because of his boyish, nebbish appearance and soft voice, Tobey at first glance would seem non-threatening and a push over. Then you read all of these “horror stories” about Tobey’s behavior on and off set, and you just want to kick the sh!t out of him.


    • Tobey Maguire seemed to go to the Mike Myers/Kim Basinger school of social interaction on film sets.


    • The real life Molly from Molly’s Game airs out Tobey Maguire

      Bloom recounts Maguire’s alleged stunt in her memoir.

      “Tobey was incredibly convincing,” Bloom wrote, “and so earnest that the guy eventually, although reluctantly, gave in. To add insult to injury, Tobey then victoriously showed his bluff. To me, his actions were in really bad taste.”

      She said she began calling Maguire “Hannibal Lecter,’’ after the “Silence of the Lambs’’ madman, because of the sadistic joy he took, not only in winning but in extracting what she called usurious payback deals from his victims.

      Maguire — whom Bloom called “the worst tipper, the best player and the absolute worst loser’’ — turned his sadism on her, too, according to her memoir. One night in LA, Maguire, having just won a big hand, pushed himself away from a table that included billionaire Guy Laliberte, owner of Cirque du Soleil.

      Bloom wrote of Maguire:

      “He held a thousand-dollar chip in his hand. He flipped it over a couple times in his fingers.
      “This is yours,” he said, holding it out to me.
      “Thanks, Tobey,” I said, reaching my hand out. He yanked the chip back at the last second.
      “If . . .” he said. “If you do something to earn these thousand dollars.”
      His voice was loud enough that some of the guys looked up to see what was happening. I laughed, trying not to show my nerves.
      “What do I want you to do?” he said, as if he were pondering. The whole table was watching us now.
      “I know!” he said. “Get up on that desk and bark like a seal.”
      I looked at him. His face was lit up like it was Christmas Eve.
      “Bark like a seal who wants a fish,” he said. I laughed again, stalling, hoping he would play the joke out by himself and leave.
      “I’m not kidding. What’s wrong? You’re too rich now? You won’t bark for a thousand dollars? Wowwww . . . you must be really rich.”
      My face was burning. The room was silent. “C’mon,” he said, holding the chip above my head. “BARK.”
      “No,” I said quietly “NO?” he asked. “Tobey,’’ I said. “I’m not going to bark like a seal. Keep your chip.”

      It was soon after that, Bloom wrote, that Maguire, apparently incensed, “stole” her LA game out from under her.

      He moved the game to the home of one of her most reliable wealthy whales, taking all the A-listers with him and disinviting her.

      “F–k you,” she writes that he gloated as he broke the news over the phone.

      *Molly’s Game is a movie that is out right now that details the poker life of Molly Bloom

      *She used to be a national skier, scoliosis f***ed her up so she turned to hosting poker games after being a slave to a real estate investor.

      *A-listers and Hollywood elites would attend these games

      *A-Rod, Olsen Twins, Nelly, DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Tobey Maguire and the guy who made Paris Hilton’s sex tape were participants.

      *Tobey Maguire was tasteless and rude towards the players, had absolutely no etiquette

      *He is an elitist, classless, sexist a**hole that embarrassed Molly publicly, all in the name of money. He thinks people who aren’t rich should perform for him to earn $.

      *Stole her entire get-up. Started hosting games in LA himself and took her ass out of business, then laughed about.

      *She got lost in the sauce and had to quit the game, now lives in Colorado. Has a memoir out that airs out other celebs.


  68. The Amazing Evolution Of Spider-Man In Movies

    Tobey Maguire

    It’s hard to believe, but since the days Nicholas Hammond’s stunt double was foiling presidential bomb plots, movie studios had been trying to make a Spider-Man movie a reality. Countless scripts were produced, including one dark, adult one from Avatar director James Cameron, and directors ranging from M. Night Shyamalan to David Fincher were all considered.

    In the end, it was Sam Raimi, a director better known for small-budget horror, who got the job. It was Raimi’s love and passion for getting Spider-Man right that convinced the studio, and they clearly made the right choice. The casting of Tobey Maguire over more experienced, or more classically handsome leading men raised eyebrows, but the decision to find the right Peter Parker, not the right Spider-Man, paid off. Maguire’s goofy charm won over audiences, and his physical transformation was one of the earliest superhero makeovers to drop jaws.


  69. 8 Forgotten Actors From The Early 2000s

    Tobey Maguire

    The Spider-Man trilogy made Tobey Maguire a star (that and his friendship with Leonardo Dicaprio), but nowadays, you don’t really hear about him. Some people blame his involvement in the Spider-Man series for stalling his career. The third one was so bad that Sony scrapped Spider-Man 4. His biggest part since then was The Great Gatsy, which underwhelmed critics and now he only makes headlines from time to time for his gambling. According to Molly Bloom, poker hostess to the stars, he’s an amazing poker player, but he’s also a sore loser that loves to humiliate women.


  70. Movie superheroes who aren’t so super offscreen

    Tobey Maguire

    A Hollywood poker dealer named Molly Bloom revealed in her memoir, Molly’s Game, that Spider-Man (2002) star Tobey Maguire relished in humiliating her. According to her book (via Page Six), Maguire ordering her to “bark like a seal” for a $1,000 chip and demanded to use a Shufflemaster machine to deal cards—even suggesting that casinos should pay him to rent it. Sure, bro.


    • 15 Actors You Didn’t Know Humiliated Their Fans


      Tobey Maguire is well-known for bringing one of Marvel’s classic heroes, Spider-Man, to life on the big screen. However, it seems like everyone’s “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” isn’t as friendly as his catchphrase might suggest.

      The actor behind the suit has been reportedly known to unapologetically reject little kids who try and approach him for a photo of with their favorite superhero.

      Additionally, a YouTube video has captured Maguire aggressively smacking a fan’s camera out of his hand as he tries to snap a selfie of himself with the actor. It is, however, unclear if the individual was a fan with good intentions or just an intrusive paparazzo; perhaps with this incident, Maguire was simply defending his personal space.

      Way to make use of those Spidey senses, either way.


    • Stars who refuse to interact with fans

      Tobey Maguire

      Tobey Maguire has a reputation for being difficult to work with and for treating human beings like animals–specifically, seals. Autograph Seeker magazine (via ABC News) claims the Spider-Man (2002) star “so wrapped up in his own egotistical web that he has earned the distinction of being the worst signer of the year” in 2001.

      It seems not much has changed in the ensuing years. In January 2015, Maguire was caught on camera completely blowing off folks who waited for him outside a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles. That seems in poor taste.


      • This is going to sound awfully blunt and harsh but people like Tobey Maguire and more recently, Jennifer Lawrence (who went on the record to explain why she’s purposely rude to fans) need to realize having to deal with fans all comes with the territory with being a celebrity. Tobey in particular should’ve realized this when he was Spider-Man. And with that if Tobey or Jennifer don’t want to be bothered with fans and taking pictures, then they shouldn’t have become a celebrity in the first place. A lack of privacy is a a big sacrifice when it comes to that particular job.

        In fairness, celebrities are still people and it would be rude if an overzealous fan walked up on someone when they’re eating. But that still doesn’t give you license to be equally if not even more rude and careless. If they think that being famous is only about hanging out with other celebs at exclusive places and getting rich, then they’re absolutely delusional.

        Now there are there some celebrities who are humble enough to realize this and know their fans are their livelihood and are always nice (like Taylor Swift) and then there are the arrogant, entitled, grade-A a-holes like Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Lawrence. They’re basically biting the hands that feeds them.

        The bottom-line is that Hollywood is about getting famous. That means a lot of strangers recognize and some even care about you. That also means you make money off of them buying whatever product (movie, album, clothing etc) you’re selling.


  71. Add billy bob his career since bad santa has not been hot


    • Why are you repeating what you said from last month!? This isn’t WTHHT Billy Bob Thornton, it’s WTHHT Tobey Maguire. Do you have any clear cut or extensive evidence or reasoning for why BBT should be added!?


    • jeffthewildman

      I’d argue that despite his success in Sling Blade and the brief moment circa 1996-2000 when he seemed to be headed for the A-list that Thornton has always been more a character actor than a leading man. Like Matt Dillon, he’s been more interested in taking on roles that interested him, not in being the next big player in Hollywood.


  72. Billy bob had lots of hype after sling blade it seemed he was headed toward a list but became leading actor. I would descibe him charactor he had more lead roles. After bad santa for most part he took on flops. Aside from eagle eye and puss and boots his movies have been flopping.


  73. Billy bob took on interesting quirky charactor driven role like bandits and man who was not there. Those role earned from recongitnion from peers but the failure of those films at the box office did little to increase his bankablity.


  74. No connection just do not see thread where you can reccomand people.


    • If that’s your goal, people tend to do that on the About WTHH page.

      For now, I’m focusing on finishing up the Razzie series. So the next WTHH probably won’t be up until summer.


      • The Razzie series is rather time consuming, I know its time consuming for me to read, especially since I start thinking about the films in that particular year mentioned (nominations, winners, and others which weren’t included by The Razzies). I’m getting off easy in 2008 though, at least from what I read so far.
        There just isn’t enough days in the week to do both, unless you pulled a Michael Keaton in “Multiplicity” (we know how that turned out for his character).


        • There’s a thought. I could have a team of clones working on WTHH while I finish up the Razzies. Now I need to get to work. I’m way behind schedule for this week’s article!


  75. I do not think Hollywood really knows what to do with tobey. He does not want to play spider man no more yet that his breads and butter. He is too old to play young kids anymore yet looks too young to play a believable adult. It seems like his preference is indies but a lot of his indies have bombed. Pawn sacrificed flopped. He might be considered a liability for a lead role. I think he might end up taking supporting roles in big high profile roles getting second billing to a bigger star like he did leo. Maybe leo will throw him another bone and get him a role. I am sure he can get a villian role in superheo franchise or even snag a role in another established genre. Ang lee said tobey is a wonderful actor nice guy to work with(one of few who said that) . Ang also said he felt bad about deleting tobey scenes in life of pi but felt it had to be done. I assume ang lee will offer him another role.



      I actually think people realizing he is such a huge douchebag probably hurt his career. All of his early roles were like the Tom Hanks, average nice guy characters. So once that illusion was shattered what does he really have? He’s not good looking enough to be a real leading man. And he doesn’t have the acting chops to be a strong character actor. He’s basically a less talented Steve Busciemi with better teeth.


      • Friendship Goals: Taylor Swift’s Squad Versus Leonardo DiCaprio’s Posse

        According to an onlooker, reporting to the New York Daily News, Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated his long-awaited Oscar win by partying with his close friends Lukas Haas, Tobey Maguire, and Vincent Laresca. Drinks were shared, pipes were vaped, and the crew chanted, ‘Wolf Pack, Wolf Pack, Wolf Pack!’ into the warm California evening. All of this seems rather tame by modern celebrity social standards, but Leo’s infamous “Pussy Posse” remains a quiet staple of the scene. Only this week, DiCaprio and Maguire (who recently split from his wife) were spotted grabbing lunch in New York City with Orlando Bloom, signaling a new addition to the ranks, which has at previous points included Lukas Haas, David Blaine, Kevin Connolly, Harmony Korine, and the irritating little brother from Teen Witch. Together with Maguire and Bloom, still fresh from his split from Katy Perry, the paparazzi photos were subdued, casual, and oddly uncool.

        The return of the Posse to our memories reminded me of the notable absence of another ensemble of celebrity friends: The Taylor Swift squad. Following a public dragging by Kim Kardashian and a cringe-worthy showmance with Tom Hiddleston, Swift has smartly kept a low profile. Her newest relationship with another British actor, Joe Alwyn, has been reported on sparingly, and thankfully lacks the twee orchestrations of the Hiddleswift Summer, wherein the most visible private beach party of all time included personalised tank-tops and Instagram ready posing with fellow loved-up couples. If Swift is hanging with her usual crew, which includes model Karlie Kloss, actresses Ruby Rose and Jaime King, and singer Lorde, then she’s locked it down.



      Dane DeHaan seems to be having the same problem as Tobey Maguire. They broke out playing teenagers (including in different incarnations of Spider-Man movies) but kept their baby faces after the age of 30 so are having trouble being taken seriously in adult roles.


  76. Blind Item #2

    This former A list mostly movie actor who was a superhero now makes his living primarily outside of the acting world. He loves it because he has a perfect built in excuse why his phone would be turned off while “working.” It allows him to be totally inaccessible and do what he wants and his wife is getting tired of it.


    • Star: Tobey Maguire’s wife told him to get a job, she’s ‘tired of his gambling’

      The last time Tobey Maguire starred in anything, it was 2014’s Pawn Sacrifice, where he played Bobby Fischer. He has nothing else on his IMDB, nothing in pre-production or post-production, nothing announced. While his IMDB is littered with two-year gaps here and there, it does feel like… maybe there’s not much of a market for a Tobey Maguire-type actor right now? Still, I have no doubt that if Tobey wanted to work, he could and would. So maybe he’s just taking a break, taking some time off to enjoy his young family. Or maybe he’s just coasting on his heiress wife’s money and gambling away his days with Ben Affleck and Leo DiCaprio?

      Did Jennifer Meyer bet on the wrong horse when she married Tobey Maguire in 2007? In the years since Spider-Man and Seabiscuit, Tobey, 40, has become more of a permanent fixture at the high-stakes poker games than in Hollywood.

      “Tobey likes to pretend he’s both picky and proud when it comes to his career,” says a pal. “But the truth is, his phone hardly rings and Jennifer’s grown tired of his gambling.”

      While his wife has gone on to establish herself as Kate Hudson’s go-to jewelry designer, Toby has earned a dark reputation, having once reportedly ordered a woman to bark like a seal for a tip at the felt table.

      “Jennifer is at her wits’ end. It’s been two years since Tobey booked a gig. She finally told him to cash in his chips – and get a job.”

      [From Star Magazine, print edition]

      That “bark like a seal” story is true – that came from a Vanity Fair story about the underground poker games amongst the hardcore LA gambling set. Tobey is a serious gambler, just like Ben Affleck. And Tobey was always described as the biggest douchebag at the table, but he’s also one of the smartest players at the table. He’s made serious money playing at those underground games, so maybe he considers it his “job” now. Besides, Jennifer Meyer is rich – she comes from a wealthy family and she’s made her own jewelry-line empire which caters to that Mommy Mafia set in LA. Personally, I don’t think Meyer is telling Tobey to get off his lazy a**. As long as he’s not losing all their money, I think she’s the type to want to “keep up appearances.”


    • Blind Items Revealed #1

      May 1, 2016

      This former A list mostly movie actor who was a superhero now makes his living primarily outside of the acting world. He loves it because he has a perfect built in excuse why his phone would be turned off while “working.” It allows him to be totally inaccessible and do what he wants and his wife is getting tired of it.

      Tobey Maguire


  77. ‘Spider-Man’ Movies Revisited: The Forgotten and Amazing Big-Screen Adventures

    Spider-Man (2002)

    After more than a decade of development that included multiple studios (Both Cannon Films and Carolco Pictures had the rights at various points in time) and directors, including James Cameron, it was the partnership of Sony Pictures and Sam Raimi that created the first, true big-screen version of Peter Parker. Tobey Maguire played Peter Parker as being perpetually surprised by everything around him, while Willem Dafoe’s Norman Osborn was a scenery-chewing bad guy trapped in a ridiculous metal suit. The highlight of the movie — beyond J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson, that is — was watching the CGI Spider-Man leap across the skyline of New York City, looking far more believable than any comic book fan could have imagined.

    Spider-Man 2 (2004)

    The highlight of the Raimi trilogy, Spider-Man 2 sees Maguire settle into the role and introduces Doctor Octopus, a classic comic book villain brought to wonderfully campy life by Alfred Molina. Mixing melodramatic soap opera with grand-stakes superheroics, this is the Spider-Man movie that feels most authentic to the original comic book — even if there’s still something a little off about the lead character, compared with his comic book roots. Somehow, Maguire couldn’t quite pull off the quips and quick wit fans would expect, and a further attempt to make him seem cooler would sink the next installment altogether.

    Spider-Man 3 (2007)

    What is there to say about Spider-Man 3? It’s a movie that’s been much maligned by fans since its release, and sadly, they have a point — the movie tries to juggle far too much, and ends up unsatisfying on almost every level as a result, bringing in two new villains (the Sandman and Venom), trying to close out the origin of the second Green Goblin, giving Mary Jane a rival for Peter’s affections and featuring a “darker” Peter who likes jazz clubs as a result of alien intervention, with none of it adding up to a satisfying movie. Somewhere in this movie, there are good ideas that deserved better…but good luck finding them under the weight of everything else that’s been piled on top.


    • Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Tobey Maguire Anymore

      He killed his own career when he didn’t sign the contract for the second Spider-Man trilogy after the second one generated all that love. Him and Snagglepuss were all, “We don’t know if we want to come back after 3 and be typecast.”

      Then Raimi blew all of the next trilogy’s villains in one f***ing film.

      Then when him and Snagglepuss realized, “Oh, shit! No one will hire us after this mega flop! Sure we’ll do sequels!”

      Sony said, “F*** off.”

      I remember all of this because I thought they were both arrogant as f*** in interviews about who they were as actors. It was like, “Yo, you’re Leonardo DiCaprio’s friend and the little girl vampire from Interview with the Vampire. This is your lottery ticket! Cash it in!”

      They were talking about typecasting when the reality is they were a step above barely cast. Sad part is the cat who played Sandman killed his part in 3, and it’s buried in the bulls***.



          Maguire’s career actually kind of mirrors what happens to a lot of women or child stars- hot in his 20’s to his early 30’s, but once he grew out of his type (the sheepish young cute guy) he didn’t have strong enough chops/charisma to sustain a career as a leading man like DiCaprio did, or enough versatility to branch into a character actor career. I’m glad he seems to be producing- that keeps him in the game and pays him well, and maybe he’ll come across that role that makes people care about him again. Gatsby didn’t really flop, and even if it had been a bigger hit, it’s still basically DiCaprio’s movie- Nick Carraway really isn’t more than a narrator that’s supposed be the viewpoint of the audience. It’s not the type of role that’s going to revive a career.



        Yeah, he made his name in a boatload of “cute, geeky young guy” roles and then probably aged out of them. And since he’s typecast, then he gets problems finding work that transitions him into more mature ground. He’s a fine actor, but IMO not spectacular enough to establish himself as character actor and permanent Oscar contender. Perhaps he’ll find a nice part for himself that will re-establish him somewhat, I certainly always found him a pleasant presence (which is more than you can say for many actors…).

        For someone like Maguire, I don’t think it’s even so much about box office. Apart from DiCaprio, who is a guaranteed money maker in the somewhat younger set outside of franchises? No one, is the answer. But you have your contingent of “manly action heroes” (your Pratts and Hemsworths and Tatums), frat guy comedy and serious Oscar bait (which has people in his age range like Redmayne, Fassbender, Cumberbatch, Gyllenhaal, Gosling etc. who IMO are just better actors), and Maguire sort of doesn’t fit anywhere? He needs to find a niche for himself as an adult presence more than anything, seems to me.


      • I’m not at all excusing Tobey Maguire for his awful behavior but I’m guessing that he in his mind, felt that because of his unstable childhood, he had to become decidedly “tough minded” and slow to trust as an adult. He’s kind of a male variant of Demi Moore in that he couldn’t get the “white trash” completely out of him once he made it to Hollywood and became incredibly greedy.


      • Why Hollywood won’t cast these actors anymore

        Tobey Maguire

        Everyone likes to point directly at Tobey Maguire’s cringe-worthy turn as emo Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3 and say, “That. Whatever that was is what killed his career.” While that’s a fair assessment of that truly awkward performance, it’s not the whole story.

        According to Spider-Man director Sam Raimi’s 2013 Vulture interview, Sony was more than willing to give him and Maguire a chance at redemption. It just took Raimi too long to get a script together for Spider-Man 4. That delay, combined with Maguire turning 35 the year production would begin, caused Sony to pivot to what eventually became The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) reboot, starring Andrew Garfield.

        By this time, Maguire had already started producing films, and with critical darlings like 25th Hour (2002) and Seabiscuit (2003) as credits, that seemed like a natural move for him. Unfortunately, his follow-up producing efforts, Rock of Ages (2012), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), and The 5th Wave (2016), all fell way short of earning money. He also suffered a bit of a public image crisis when he was implicated in, and ultimately paid a settlement for his involvement in, an illegal poker club. As of this writing, he’s only got one TV movie in production on his IMDb page, so either he’s decided to focus on family—he is married with two children—or Hollywood has no more interest in anteing up for another Maguire move.


      • Who Is Player X Based On In ‘Molly’s Game’? The Michael Cera Character Has A Possible A-List Inspiration

        3 days ago

        If you ask writer-director Aaron Sorkin, there is no real life counterpart to Player X, the famous celebrity played by Michael Cera in Molly’s Game. But, ask anyone who’s read Molly Bloom’s book, and they’ll have a few ideas who Player X is based on in Molly’s Game. In the new movie, adapted from Bloom’s book of the same name, Player X is a young Hollywood star, emboldened in the high stakes game by a seemingly infinite income and the entitlement that often comes with early superstardom. His relationship with Bloom is sometimes teasing and respectful, other times tense and spiteful. But in the book, Bloom actually describes multiple A-list players who fit this profile.

        Bloom, an Olympic hopeful turned cocktail waitress turned high stakes poker game organizer, worked with many A-list celebrities over the years. And, as detailed in the book, many of them ended up having rocky relationships as the game got more heated. Mentioned in her book (by first name only) are Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Alex Rodriguez, and many others, all of whom could potentially fit the profile of Player X. The most popular theory: Player X is based on Maguire. The Spider-Man star, and member of the infamous “Pussy Posse,” was a regular at Bloom’s games. He’s also the celebrity featured most heavily in her memoir, not always in the most positive light.

        In the book, Bloom claims that Maguire became increasingly displeased with her tips and how she ran the game. The book is full of odd exchanges between the duo, including one in which he allegedly asks her to “bark like a seal” in exchange for one thousand-dollar chip. And, eventually, Maguire allegedly steals the game right out from under her, convincing his famous and rich friends to host instead. Player X makes a similarly slimy move in the movie, which has led many to believe that Player X is, indeed Maguire. The fact that the character is played by Michael Cera, a thin, boyish actor like Maguire, only adds credence to this theory. Bustle has reached out to Maguire for comment, but hasn’t heard back at this time.

        Bloom herself has not exactly pushed back to reports that Player X is based on Maguire. In an interview with Vulture, she was asked if any of the real life players had contacted her about the film, specifically pointing out “it’s kind of an open secret that ‘Player X’ is Maguire, for example.” Sorkin, however, has repeatedly insisted that Player X is not based on one particular celebrity, but is, in fact, an amalgamation of many Hollywood players Bloom dealt with over the years. “One of the things I said to Molly at our first meeting was that I’m not going to dish on any of these guys,” Sorkin said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. After debating whether or not to keep the Hollywood players in the shadows, faces obscured, the director found his solution. “Then I landed on Player X, this one player who wouldn’t have a name and who would do everything plotwise that I needed that character to do,” he added.

        Perhaps in an effort to keep the Maguire comparisons to a minimum, Cera said he didn’t go looking to Bloom’s book for inspiration when it came to playing Player X. “I learned everything about Molly and the whole world when I read the script for the first time but as far as developing the character, it was all already alive in the script,” Cera told The Hollywood Reporter. Even if Player X really is based on Maguire, it seems as though Cera’s performance is not, and is meant to be left open for interpretation.


  78. lol Every article dubbed a list he never was a list. most of his box office was due to spider which proven by success of reboot amazing spider shows they went to spiderman film not next tobey flick . Seabiscuit was a hit but it is only film a person can say his name helped. It take more then 1 film to named a list. Success of spiderman allowed him to take pay increase. Great gatsby leo star power made the film smash hit


    • How Spider-Man lost the lead role in ‘Rise Of The Apes’ to the Green Goblin

      Casting race leads to the question: is Maguire a movie star?

      BY DREW MCWEENY | FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 3:30 PM

      It’s an interesting moment for Tobey Maguire.

      When he was playing Spider-Man on a regular basis, Maguire was a movie star by default. If you star in a film that makes $800 million or so worldwide, you’re potentially bankable. If you star in two, you’re a potential star. You star in three? That’s a rare club. Maguire’s done it. Three giant giant movies.

      But aside from those three films, has he ever really opened a movie? I like a lot of his work. I just wrote about “Ride With The Devil” the other day, and a big part of that film’s sucess is Maguire’s work. He’s very real, very sincere and sweet as a guy who does some brutal things during the Civil War. I’m hoping there’s a Criterion Blu-ray version of “The Ice Storm” coming soon, because I love that movie. That’s my favorite film of 1997, and the work of the young cast like Maguire and Christina Ricci and Elijah Wood is a big part of why I think the film is amazing. “Pleasantville” and “Wonder Boys” are both rich and interesting films I’ll happily discuss with anyone at length. Films that reward return visits. So Maguire’s got taste. He’s capable of doing really strong and challenging work. I root for him. I like enough of what he’s done to feel invested. You know how it is for some actors… you just plain like them on film.

      But I do wonder… is Tobey Maguire a movie star by any conventional definition at this point?

      If he’s not playing Spider-Man, what is he worth at the box-office?

      That is, after all, part of the definition of “movie star”. If you open a movie… if your presence in the film means there’s a certain level of box-office… then you’re a movie star. You’re bigger than the movie you’re in. There are many people who appear regularly in big movies, and arguably make those big movies better, but they aren’t the reason the films open or play. Jeff Goldblum was a big part of why people loved “Jurassic Park,” but Jeff Goldblum isn’t why people went crazy going back to the theater all summer long, or what got them in to see the film in the first place. Tobey Maguire was well-liked in the “Spider-Man” films, but the films opened and played because they were “Spider-Man” films.

      Maguire may have talked himself out of a chance to test his ability to carry a big movie away from the comfort of “Spider-Man” when he entered into talks with 20th Century Fox to star in “Rise Of The Apes,” the new reboot of the “Planet Of The Apes” franchise. According to HitFix sources, when Maguire came back to the table with script notes for the studio, the conversations abruptly stopped, and Fox moved quickly to close a deal with Franco, another of the final contenders for the lead role.

      Movie stars have real weight when it comes to getting script changes made. The less pull you have, the less of a movie star you are. When the mere mention of script notes gets a studio to flip a switch on you, hot to cold in a flash, then they’re looking at you as a replaceable part of the equation.

      Will Smith? Movie star. Brad Pitt? Movie star. Tom Cruise. Still a movie star. Tom Hanks. Perhaps the most beloved movie star.

      But Tobey Maguire? After this incident, I’d say no. And for Franco, this is a good move, a good next step. Franco’s not a movie star, either, but he doesn’t seem in any rush to prove otherwise. Franco’s an actor. Just a working actor. He’s gotten much better over the years, but he started out really strong on “Freaks & Geeks.” He’s got a big role, and a good role, in “Your Highness,” which just shifted its release date from this fall to next spring. And who knows… if he strings enough of these together, then maybe Franco will find himself a full-blown movie star soon enough.


  79. Every Onscreen Spider-Man, Ranked

    TOBEY MAGUIRE (2002, 2004, 2007)

    When Spider-Man hit the big screen in 2002 after decades of false starts, comics fans were mostly too excited about what it got right — Peter’s dorkiness, his relationship with Mary Jane, Aunt May and J. Jonah Jameson, and (for better and for worse) his bottomless sense of self-sacrifice and responsibility — to complain about any issues more substantive than “organic webshooters.”

    Fourteen years and two sequels later, Maguire’s performance and Raimi’s direction looks a little more stilted and stylized than they used to, especially since this Spider-Man’s quip-to-action ratio is almost as low as Nicholas Hammond’s. Don’t get us wrong, the movies are still great fun — but boy, was there room for improvement.

    That being said, Maguire did give us the greatest live-action Spidey film to date (Spider-Man 2), so there’s that.



      I think they’re trying to avoid a Brandon Routh situation. Which…I don’t think it was all on Brandon, but they really didn’t get how to mold green talent.

      I guess Tom Holland was working his dues as well. He’s another example of the British actor invasion. American guys his age just don’t get trained that well- they’re usually stuck in teen dramas or light-hearted family sitcoms. Tobey Maquire had his formative acting years when here WAS a strong alternative to that, with all the alternative indie films people were making back in the 90’s as well as the moderate budget stuff he did like Pleasantville that got him critical acclaim. That path just isn’t really there anymore, at least for American guys. Soap operas (say what you will but they are a training ground) were also pretty good for breaking in young actors but they’re almost extinct in America.


    • Marvel Studios Spider-man first appeared in “Captain America: Civil War”, and will next be seen in Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures joint production “Spider-man: Homecoming”.

      However, the journey to get their was a long one. This video explores Spider-man’s Cinematic history prior to the Cinematic Marvel Universe, and covers among other things the unmade Cannon movie, the unmade James Cameron movie, the production troubles on Spider-man 3, why Spider-man 4 never happened, the reboot “The Amazing Spider-man”, and the events leading up to Andrew Garfield being fired from the franchise.


  80. Enjoy this terrible video essay about Pleasantville

    By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky@vishnevetsky
    May 26, 2016 2:45 PM

    Actor-filmmaker Kentucker Audley has built up quite a resume over the years as an always-welcome indie leading man—in movies like Sun Don’t Shine and Christmas, Again—and as an advocate for micro-budgeted filmmaking, though his curated video service NoBudge.

    He’s also developed a sideline as a deadpan commentator on the vacuousness of film culture. Having successfully crowdfunded a hat that just says “movies” on it, Audley is now trying his hand at the insipid video essays that clog the film-related corners of the internet with a look at the “cutting-edge cinematography and excellent themes” of Gary Ross’ 1998 film Pleasantville. Enjoy.


  81. Why successful franchises kill acting careers

    Personal life impedes on franchise

    Sometimes the way an actor’s personal life intersects with their franchise can help take down a promising career. Tobey Maguire during the third Spider-Man movie, for instance: when people saw his embarrassing dance number in the movie, they forgot about the charming young man who starred in Wonder Boys and The Cider House Rules. They did, however, remember the borderline bro who palled around New York City with Leonardo DiCaprio as part of an unfortunately named group. Maybe he could’ve recovered had there been a fourth Spider-Man, but that ship has come and gone.



      Tobey Maguire

      He helped usher in the Golden Age of the superhero movie with his work on the Spider-Man trilogy, but Tobey Maguire is hardly swinging high through the streets of New York these days. Since that series ended in 2007, Maguire has acted in only five films. He did receive a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in 2009’s Brothers, but it’s hard to call him a true movie star now. Many point to Maguire never growing out of his boyish charm, as he didn’t sign on for any gritty roles. As he got older, that made him appear less convincing. Maguire has also settled down with a family, so he may not want to dive back into the Hollywood craziness.



        I read somewhere a long time ago that Maguire is (was?) married to the daughter of a NBC Universal executive, so it’s interesting that he’s not in more films. But then, I also read he was a bit of an a**hole to work with. Who knows how true that is, but when a white male who headlined a franchise that made a helluva lot of money has all but disappeared from the film landscape, it’s odd. Someone like Ryan Reynolds had a shitload of bombs, yet continued to get cast as a lead until Deadpool hit the jackpot. Actors like James MacAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe have similar boyish looks, and have managed to continue their careers. Even Elijah Wood is still working, though he transitioned to TV.

        I guess it’s possible that Maguire stepped back to focus on family and producing. Assuming his producing credits on IMDB are accurate, I have my doubts.


    • Re: Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer split after 9 years

      Ugh so true. She’s actually such a sweet and nice woman, super down to earth and very generous. I dropped tea on this f*ing ahole a while back. Worked for them for less than a month as their private chef. He’s mostly vegan and 100% a bonafide sadistic POS.

      I lasted that long because of her or else I was ready to get out by my third time at their house. This bastard would literally be in the same room as me, mostly kitchen and refuse to acknowledge me. He would literally walk around and pretend I’m not there and act like a jerk about the food when he did engage me in any convo. She was always trying to be sweet and overcompensate for his bulls*** attitude. He’s a fing boring actor who thought she and Leo would be his bread and butter in the industry. I don’t think so…. F him!



        Jerk, she finally got out! He’s a horrible person, borderline sadistic and a true asshole. Had to work with this bland piece of wonder bread, I walked out within in a month due to his horrible treatment and her doing all she can to make up for him being a narcissistic POS. She was too good for him and I’m sure he thought between her family and Leo he would be set career wise. Wrong!!! Can’t imagine how horrible he must be in bed, probably has a micro penis the way he acts.


        • I wouldn’t be surprised if Tobey’s loathsome views/treatment of women (i.e. “Don’s Plums”, Molly Bloom, his wife, the whole Pussy Possy thing, etc.) were formed out of his relationship with his mother. Tobey apparently didn’t want to be an actor growing up, he wanted to be a chef. But his mom made him $100 to not take a cooking class and to take acting lessons instead. But Tobey was so desperate to feel wanted by his mom, who had abandoned him, that he took the acting classes.


      • Tobey Maguire already spotted clubbing with Leonardo DiCaprio’ since splitting with wife Jennifer Meyer

        If there’s one pal you can count on for a night out when you’re a newly single male – it’s Leonardo DiCaprio.

        And Tobey Maguire has reportedly been hitting the town with his long-time best friend, after splitting from wife of nine years, Jennifer Meyer.

        The 41-year-old Spider-Man star has been seen out hitting up LA’s nightclubs with and without Leo, according to PageSix on Tuesday.

        Tobey and Leo have one of the longest running bromances in Hollywood, having been close pals for 25 years.

        The Great Gatsby co-stars were notorious in the 1990s for their heavy party nights out along with pals Lukas Haas, David Blaine, and Kevin Connolly.

        They report that a source told them that over the summer ‘Tobey was out in LA at all these hot spots …It looked like he was following in Leo’s footsteps…Tobey hasn’t been known to date those types of girls in the past. But he has been all over LA lately. It looks like Leo’s rubbed off on him.’

        A different source told them that Maguire’s been going out ‘more often than usual’ to DiCaprio fave 1Oak in LA. They also said that he was at supper club Delilah with actor Shane Powers on Friday, where ‘there were lots of hot girls,’ according to their source, but, ‘Tobey seemed fine. He was just enjoying being out with guy friends.’

        PageSix also quote a source saying that while newly single Maguire’s been on the town, ‘it’s not a secret — Jen knows. Jen goes out, too. These two people are the best of friends, there is no third party involved and there is no animosity. He’s just going to clubs with Leo — that’s what’s happening.’

        They have two children together: daughter Ruby, aged nine, and son Otis, aged seven.
        On Tuesday they released a statement to People that read: ‘After much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple.

        ‘As devoted parents, our first priority remains raising our children together with enduring love, respect and friendship.’

        They were last seen together on Sunday in LA with their children.

        They both appeared solemn as they strolled along after stopping for coffee at Melrose Place restaurant.


        • Blind Item #10

          You know that it is a PR move when a former superhero who gets papped once a year suddenly is papped out the night after he becomes single AND is paired off with a teen who seems to be everywhere these days. Maybe the PR team should have checked her age first. It looks super creepy.


        • Blind Items Revealed #5

          October 19, 2016

          You know that it is a PR move when a former superhero who gets papped once a year suddenly is papped out the night after he becomes single AND is paired off with a teen who seems to be everywhere these days. Maybe the PR team should have checked her age first. It looks super creepy.

          Tobey Maguire/Sofia Richie


        • Tobey Maguire Might Be Coming For Leonardo DiCaprio’s Spot As The Pussy Posse Alpha

          “Pussy Posse Alpha” doesn’t just sound like a sorority house on the campus of Hoochie U, it’s also apparently something that Tobey Maguire might become. Tobey Maguire was one of the original member’s of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Pussy Posse (rebranded in recent years as “The Wolf Pack“). Sadly, he had to give up the model-humping lifestyle when he got married and had kids. Last month, Tobey Maguire split from his wife Jennifer Meyer, and of course he slipped right back into the Pussy Posse’s regular routine of partying and pussy-hunting.

          As it turns out, Tobey might soon be more than just a member of Leo’s boys club. According to Page Six, Tobey could be THE KING! This is some manwhore Hamlet shit. A source claims that the rest of the posse sees there’s a potential spot open as the alpha douche now that Leo is busy with steady model piece, Nina Agdal. I guess Lukas Haas asked the rest of the Pussy Posse who they think should lead the group, and apparently they want Tobey. The source says, “The Wolf Pack [is] now using Tobey as Leo.” I hope Tobey doesn’t get the boat barfs, because he’s about to spend all his free time on a yacht in the middle of the ocean. Lukas might want to start running motion sickness drills with him right now.

          Tobey bought a huge new house last week, and I thought that seemed a little weird for a bachelor pad, but now it all makes sense. Tobey was just settling into his role as the new Leo. He obviously needed some extra room to accommodate the dozens of panty models he’d be bringing home from Paris on the Pussy Posse’s private jet after the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show next week.


        • Jennifer Meyer: Ex Tobey Maguire is my ‘best friend’ and ‘the greatest ex husband’

          Jennifer Meyer is tight with the women in Hollywood. She’s the daughter of an NBC chairman who used to be the ceo of Universal Studios, so she’s part of the Hollywood set and she was always going to run in those circles regardless of whether she married Tobey Maguire. She’s also a well-regarded jewelry designer and is likely doing well on her own. I mention all this as background to this story that she gushed about Tobey, whom she divorced last year after 10 years of marriage. Tobey and Jennifer have two children together, daughter Ruby Sweetheart, 11, and son Otis Tobias, 8.

          “He’s my best friend,” the jewelry designer, 40, exclusively told Us Weekly at the Create & Cultivate 100 Launch in Culver City, California, on Thursday, January 25. “He’s the greatest ex-husband a girl could ever have.”

          “The day begins with the kids and ends with the kids,” she told Us of co-parenting with the 42-year-old actor. “So you manage to get your time in and work hard in the middle, you know? They’re really amazing kids, so we figure it out together.”

          She added: “It just manages to work out really well.”

          Of course, when not balancing work and family, Meyer sometimes spends time with her famous pals — including Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Richie.

          “I mean, listen, nothing’s better than a night in on a couch with your best friends and a bottle of wine,” she said. “If we go out, nothing’s better than Mexican and tequila.”

          [From US Weekly]

          Maybe I’m just a cynic but this sounds over the top to me. I get that some people are better off as friends than lovers and that divorce and co-parenting can bring you closer that way. Jennifer’s buddy Gwyneth Paltrow just said something similar (but creepier), that her ex Chris Martin is like her brother, but we know Gwyneth is full of sh-t. Is Jennifer the same and is she one of those LA people who talks in superlatives, or does she genuinely feel this way about Tobey? It’s so hard to get a read on that guy, but he doesn’t come across as the “ex husband who becomes a best friend” type. Still, I like that it’s trendy to be friends with your ex and that so many famous people are trying to emphasize that they do this. It sets a nice precedent for people who are divorcing and it’s arguably easier on the kids too. I think they’re exaggerating to say the least, but it’s nice.


  82. The shady side of Tobey Maguire

    In the last 10-or-so years, Tobey Maguire has pretty successfully flown under Hollywood’s gossip radar; however, now that the Seabiscuit star is newly single, some of the shady alleged moments from his past are suddenly coming back to light. Here are the sketchiest rumors about Maguire’s personal and professional lives—that we know of so far.


    • Tobey Maguire strikes me as somebody who never really “grew up” (still wanting to be a douche-bag, frat boy) and has a “me against the world” complex. To a certain extent, he kind of reminds me of Val Kilmer in that after “paying their dues”, they finally reach the proverbial mountain top by playing an iconic comic book superhero. But in the process, become a persona non grata due to their egos/sociopathic behaviors.

      It’s like although Tobey was Spider-Man, it seemed like he didn’t fully appreciate it. If you’re in that particular position, it isn’t the best idea to continue being cold and rude w/ fans/the paparazzi. Ironically, he didn’t take Uncle Ben’s advice in real life in that “With great power, comes great responsibility”.

      I also think that people on the inside remembered Tobey’s power play, which almost got him fired from “Spider-Man 2”. In a nutshell, Tobey pretty much took things too much for granted or bit off more than he could chew. What didn’t help was that he was the son-in-law of a big wig at Universal Pictures.


  83. any chance his spiderman costar franco will have a blog. its weird his career picked up after spider 3 he appeared in a lot of hits then he woke up one morning and decided he wanted to do b movies. He did not have any flops that put him there it was his decision which is weird. How could someone whos career was on fire just sabotage it like that.


  84. Tobey Maguire on Top 10 Celebrities Who Are Rude to Their Fans


    • Celebs like Tobey Maguire, who don’t appreciate or respect their fans are quite frankly, scum to me. Who the hell do they think is paying their bills? It’s them who helped make Tobey and anybody else who acts that way become a relevant or a big star in the very first place.

      And yes, I do however understand that there are fans who have no boundaries and can get confrontational. However, if Tobey Maguire truly feels that way, then maybe should get a job that doesn’t require her to be in the spotlight

      It’s a strange trade off though. There are people out there who want to be famous but don’t want people on the outside to talking nonsense about them or their lives. It just doesn’t work like that, especially when you otherwise market yourself as approachable (for a lot of celebrities, the product they’re selling is themselves). You just can’t pick and choose what parts you like and discard what parts you don’t of celebrity.


      • Yep, there’s a price to be paid for virtually everything, and if one seeks out a public platform, one price is privacy. Then again, a positive aspect is that people will tend to listen to those public faces, so much good can also be accomplished in regards to causes and change.


  85. toey should look for villain in comic book roles


  86. 10 Years Later: How Does The Original Spider-Man Trilogy Hold Up? (A Friends and Film Podcast)


    • Episode 312 – Spider-Man 3

      On this week’s episode, the seventh season of We Hate Movies wraps up with a lengthy discussion of the total misfire that is Spider-Man 3! Why try and jam in three villains when the first two films only had one a piece? Why does Peter Parker continue to be such an absolute LOSER? And why does Thomas Haden Church only say variations on three different sentences? PLUS: Jeremy Renner and Mickey Mouse present together at the Academy Awards!

      Spider-Man 3 stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Cromwell, Bill Nunn, Dylan Baker, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, and Elizabeth Banks; directed by Sam Raimi.


      • 15 Actors Whose Careers Flopped After Their Superhero Franchise Ended


        While some fans point to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy for the rise of the superhero genre, it was Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy that kick-started the boon. Donning the Spidey-suit was Tobey Maguire, who most fans agreed made for an excellent Peter Parker.

        Perhaps the issue was that he wasn’t quite as convincing as the cocksure Spider-Man, and the queasy song and dance number in Spider-Man 3 certainly didn’t help. From then on, the roles seemed to dry up: he’s been in six feature-length films since Spider-Man 3.

        One of them was The Boss Baby, while another was a chess-based biopic, Pawn Sacrifice. As thrilling as that sounds, I’m sure Tobey Maguire hoped for better following the Spidey trilogy.

        As it stands, the one high-profile movie he has to his name this decade is The Great Gatsby–– and that was hardly a critical darling.


  87. 15 years ago today Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ was released and opened with $114.8 million & made over $820m globally


  88. Spider-Man: 8 Reasons Tobey Maguire Is Better Than Tom Holland (And 7 Reasons He’s Worse)


      • It’s Time For Sony And Marvel To Make A Spider-Verse Movie


        Go to any internet message board, podcast, or comments section (including, surely, the one in this very story), and ask: “Maguire, Garfield, or Holland?” The response will be massive. People are passionate about their love for Sam Raimi’s iconic originals; they insist that Garfield was never given the chance he deserved; and the optimism around Holland is downright palpable. All three have a devoted fandom, and there are elements from each which deserve to come back again.

        Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy is still exceptionally popular. Spider-Man 3 recently received an Editor’s Cut re-release, indicating that audiences are still receptive to Maguire’s original take on Peter Parker. It would be great to check in on Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst as Peter and Mary Jane, over ten years after Spider-Man 3‘s intimate ending.

        While the Raimi films ended with what can be seen as a definitive conclusion, a specter of “unfinished business” looms over the Amazing series; ASM2 was intended to lead into a whole cinematic universe of spin-offs and tie-ins, but now it’s just seen as an awkward case of “what could have been.” Despite being “erased” by way of being rebooted, Andrew Garfield’s version of Spider-Man deserves some form of closure. But how would Sony/Marvel justify returning to what can only be described as “erased timelines,” since both series have been replaced with Tom Holland’s MCU version of the web-slinger? The answer: Spider-Verse.


  89. Tobey Maguire’s ‘Spider-Man’ Screen Test Was Much Darker Than Original Film

    Multiple F-bombs were also dropped for some reason.

    Tobey Maguire’s action screen test for Spider-Man looked more like a vintage Jean-Claude Van Damme flick than a Spidey film.

    The snippet for 2002’s big-screen incarnation of the web-slinger is a little more than a minute long and deserves another look with Spider-Man: Homecoming dropping Friday.

    The most striking aspect of the Maguire screen test is how dark the tone is when compared to that of the final PG-13 product. However, it does have a vintage Sam Raimi feel to it, so it’s not completely out of place.

    Going along with the adult feel, the run-of-the-mill bad guys drop numerous F-bombs, which is just random.

    Lastly, Maguire is ripped, like super ripped. It appears they told him to tone it down at the gym because his physique in the movie is nowhere near as cut as it was in the test.


  90. It’s Hunting Season Again For Leonardo Dicaprio & Tobey Maguire!

    There’s nothing as disgusting to me as a middle aged man going after younger women. I don’t know why but I hate it when they hit on me or even just give me a slight look. For some reason I only see it as a psychological predator /manipulator (old guy) and prey (younger woman) dating. I know I’m wrong for thinking like that but old guys get under my skin.


  91. 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Leonardo DiCaprio And Tobey Maguire’s Friendship

    Hollywood is a small community, so it’s not surprising that many stars end up forming close relationships, whether it be friendly or romantic, or even just a great bromance! Arguably one of the most well known bromances in Hollywood is between A-list stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The two became close after working together at a young age and subsequently grew up together in the industry. To celebrate their longstanding friendship, here’s a look at 8 things you didn’t know about Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire’s friendship!


  92. 15 Rich Actors Who Are Insanely Cheap


    Just like Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire has sticky fingers when it comes to parting with his moolah. His lifestyle is laid-back and as low budget as it comes, as he probably spends most of his days listening to Bryan Adams’s “Summer of ’69” and telling dad jokes.

    Even though Maguire acknowledges that he has more money than what he knows what to do with, he likens his circumstance to that of a Lotto winner. He believes if he doesn’t adopt a conservative approach, he could end up blowing all of his money.

    Additionally, he believes his frugal ways prevent him from becoming one of those actors who needs to take on work purely because they’re in dire financial straits. Well, how do you justify Spider-Man 3 then, Tobey?


    • 8 Celebrities Who Are Gambling Addicts (And 8 Who Are Cheap)


      Surprisingly, quiet Peter Parker is quite the poker addict. Aadly, he’s a bit of a sore loser as well. In 2011, it was revealed that Tobey Maguire was involved with underground gambling rings, taking part in high-stakes poker games with other Hollywood players. Maguire got so into the illegal games he was known to play twice a week in high-priced hotels around the L.A. area.

      CEO and Ponzi-scheme runner Brad Ruderman lost over $300,000 to Maguire in these games and Ruderman’s victims were not having it.

      Because Maguire’s winnings were through illegal and unlicensed games, the victims sued for the money. They believed they had a right to the cash Ruderman had lost due to the sneaky nature of the games.


  93. Having fun Tobey? Maguire looks bleary eyed as he leaves a club in the early hours with pretty younger model


  94. 15 Shocking Actors Hollywood Won’t Cast Anymore


    Tobey Maguire in Spider Man 21 15 Shocking Actors Hollywood Won’t Cast Anymore
    Some stars are able to lead a franchise as an iconic character and still succeed in joining another franchise down the road. It might have seemed impossible for Michael Keaton, a former Batman, to pop up as a Spider-Man villain, but he nailed it.

    Similarly, Chris Evans and Ryan Reynolds have managed such transitions with aplomb. Unfortunately, less successful is Tobey Maguire, who had a fruitful run as Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s trilogy before the franchise collapsed on itself.

    Maguire was at the height of celebrity during his tenure as Spider-Man, but the series’ reboot also meant the end of his career in many ways. Maguire has popped up on television and was one of the leads in Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby, but that was back in 2013 and he hasn’t had many leading opportunities since then.


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