In the 2000s, Tobey Maguire used to be the toast of Hollywood and one of the highest-paid actors of the decade. However, in just a few years, his career nosedived and Tobey ended up on the outskirts of movieland. So what exactly happened to everyone’s favorite Spider-Man?
We at buzviral couldn’t ignore this charming and talented actor’s story, and decided to find out why his success fizzled out so soon!
The beginning of his acting career, 1992
Tobias Vincent Maguire first appeared on screen at the age of 13, playing a tiny part in a soap opera about doctors. However, at the time, he didn’t think of becoming a professional actor (young Maguire planned to be a chef like his dad). On the other hand, Maguire’s mother once dreamed of starring in the movies but it didn’t work out. Still, the woman managed to find a way to inspire her son by offering him $100 for enrolling in acting courses!
Maguire soon realized that appearing in commercials and TV shows brought good money. The future Spider-Man dropped out of school at age 13 and began earning his living as an actor. Soon, Maguire landed a role in a movie which also starred Robert De Niro and the then-unknown Leonardo DiCaprio.
For Maguire and DiCaprio, working side by side on set quickly transformed into a genuine friendship. The 2 actors are still close to this day — the paparazzi often take photos of them hanging out together on vacations.
First success, 1998
Maguire’s luck, talent, and good boy appearance proved to be an explosive combo. Before long, he found himself starring in feature films helmed by the coolest directors in Hollywood. His solid performances in Pleasantville alongside Reese Witherspoon and in The Cider House Rules with Charlize Theron showed everyone that Maguire wasn’t just a pleasant face for the adverts, but a serious actor to boot.
For the sake of one scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Maguire bleached his eyebrows and shaved his head so as to make the blonde wig fit more snugly to his scalp. But, as he puts it, starring alongside Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro was worth the effort. In addition, Maguire gained a reputation of being a universal actor, capable of playing timid guys and spaced-out hippies with equal flair.
His career-defining role, 2002
Maguire’s short stature (5.6 ft), intelligent demeanor, and undeniable acting talent made him a perfect candidate for bringing the iconic character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man to the big screen.
Thanks to his role in Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire had joined the A-list (a list of Hollywood celebs with indecently high earnings). In the opening weekend, the movie brought its creators $110 million. After this resounding success, the actor signed up to appear in 2 sequels. Spider-Man 2 is still considered to be one of the greatest superhero films of all time!
The problems begin, 2007
During the filming of the third part of the franchise, Maguire tried to squeeze even more money out of the studio by naming an exorbitantly high fee. The actor kept complaining of back pain and demanded that doctors be constantly present on set. It came to the point where a medic was actually measuring out the number of steps that Maguire could make in front of the camera without endangering his health. All of this put the fate of the movie in jeopardy, and producers started thinking of replacing Maguire with the more sensible Jake Gyllenhaal.
The moviegoers lambasted director Sam Raimi for the third installment in the Spider-Man franchise (2007). Raimi himself admits that by the time he’d started working on that movie, he’d completely lost his bearings in the Spider-verse, and had run out of interesting ideas. Naturally, this flop has affected Maguire’s career as well. After a while, the franchise was rebooted but without Maguire in the title role. Tobey’s fans believe that it was then that his career started to go downhill.
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