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Why Hollywood Ditched Tobey Maguire and What Happened to His Career

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The actor’s addiction to gambling only made matters worse. At that point in his life, Maguire used to frequent underground poker casinos for elite players. The gamblers used to meet at luxury hotels in the atmosphere of utter secrecy. There was no shortage of those willing to play with a world-famous movie star: bankers and tycoons were regularly losing to Maguire by hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, later on, Maguire had to give up part of his winnings in order to settle a lawsuit. All of this did nothing to improve the actor’s public image.

Attempts to revive his career, 2009-2014

Why Hollywood Ditched Tobey Maguire and What Happened to His Career

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Eventually, Maguire decided to reinvent himself as an actor by breaking from his superhero past. But this proved to be difficult — Spidey’s webs still held him firm! All the noteworthy movies in which Maguire has appeared in after the conclusion of Sam Raimi’s trilogy can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

In the film Brothers, Maguire starred alongside his former movie industry rival Jake Gyllenhaal. The performance earned Maguire a Saturn Award and a nomination for a Golden Globe. The actor also appeared in a supporting role in the successful 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby and even tried his luck in several TV series and as a voice actor for cartoon characters. These choices brought him reasonable success but they failed to kickstart his movie career.

So, what are the real reasons behind this talented actor’s misfortune?

Why Hollywood Ditched Tobey Maguire and What Happened to His Career

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Tobey’s face looks very young; there’s a naive, childlike look in his eyes, and his voice is soft and tender. All of this fit perfectly with his onscreen image while he was in his 20s and 30s. But now theactor is 43, yet his appearance and on-set manners haven’t changed much. Basically, it seemsthat Maguire has failed to find his own acting niche  he’s neither a romantic hero nor a brutalaction character or comedy guy.

What are the chances of a comeback?

Why Hollywood Ditched Tobey Maguire and What Happened to His Career

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Involvement in TV projects might help Maguire regain popularity with viewers and film studios alike. But the actor himself seems disinterested with the small screen. He appeared in a TV series called The Spoils of Babylon but too many people thought its premise was ridiculous. As a result, Maguire stopped all experiments in this direction.

Why Hollywood Ditched Tobey Maguire and What Happened to His Career

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Maguire has also founded his own production company, Material Pictures. Most of the movies released by the company so far (such as Rock of AgesPawn Sacrifice and The 5th Wave) have failed at the box office, despite garnering positive reviews from audiences.

Why Hollywood Ditched Tobey Maguire and What Happened to His Career

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The 2000s are long behind us. Maguire has done so much for Hollywood but perhaps now the time has come for the guy to live for himself. Then again, if he finally does retire from the film industry, lots of moviegoers will be saddened by the news. So let’s hope that this bright and versatile actor is yet to surprise us with new, mind-blowing performances!

Do you like Tobey Maguire movies? Which one of his roles impressed you the most (besides Peter Parker, of course)?

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