Toby, we hardly knew ye.
Sony/MCU for the most part are no longer interested in working with Toby McGuire because of his many personal failings which have affected his acting career.
First of all, Toby Maguire has been historically hard to work with. Despite his affable appearance, Toby is an incredible difficult and often unpleasant human being. When it came to his earlier career, he reportedly had multiple issues with co-stars on various movie sets.
Secondly, during the filming of the third Spider-Man film Maguire concocted a plan to squeeze more money out of the Sony. 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.
Which, apparently, they decided against. Makes no diff to me either way; personality flaws aside, I thought Maguire did a fine job as Spidey. Then again, I haven’t seen any of the Spiderman flicks other than the first two, and likely won’t.
Maguire also has a horrible gambling addiction and made headlines from his undignified behavior and actions at the frequent underground poker casinos that was set up for elite rich actors and actresses.
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.
One eye witness described Maguire’s behavior:
by Richard Johnson
Former “Spider-Man” actor Tobey Maguire a regular winner in high-stakes poker games “was the worst tipper, the best player, and the absolute worst loser,” according to Molly Bloom, who organized games for Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck.
A Vanity Fair excerpt of Bloom’s new memoir, “Molly’s Game” (ItBooks/HarperCollins), tells how a cocktail waitress from Colorado became Hollywood’s “Poker Princess,” taking home more than $50,000 a night.
Bloom, 36, details how the games ended for good when Maguire decided she was making too much money. The “Seabiscuit” star humiliated her in front of the other players, ordering her to “bark like a seal who wants a fish” for a $1,000 chip.
She tried to laugh it off, but Maguire persisted, “I’m not kidding. What’s wrong? You’re too rich now? You won’t bark for a thousand dollars?”
So in conclusion, Sony/MCU and most production companies will no longer hire Toby Maguire because of his many issues.
Oof. Oh well, assholes gotta asshole, I suppose. Be all that as it may, he’ll always be Spiderman to me.