Though the first years of the new millennium
suggested no end to Tobey Maguire’s skyrocketing
fame, it wasn’t long after the cooler reception
to Spider-Man 3 that his presence in front
of the camera began to become a bit of a rarity.
Of course, everything happens for a reason.
Difficult to work with
It turns out that, despite his affable appearance,
Maguire may not always be a treat to work
James Franco, for example, has admitted to
feeling both professional and romantic resentment
towards his Spider-Man co-star.
And when Franco interviewed Charlize Theron
for V Magazine, she said of Maguire, her Cider
House Rules co-star,
“Tobey and I had a bit of a rough time, yeah.
I mean, we’re good now.
It was a difficult movie.”
The drama goes beyond acting circles as well.
After the success of Spider-Man, Maguire tried
to get Columbia Pictures to adjust the filming
schedule of Spider-Man 2 to accommodate his
He even got executives to meet with his neurosurgeon
to discuss his workload, only to be dropped
from the project a few days later.
He was quickly reinstated, partly due to a
helping hand from his then-girlfriend’s father,
a leading exec at rival studio Universal.
He ended up apologizing, referring to his
own attitude as “inappropriate.”
Avoiding the popularity game
In an interview with Cinema.com around the
time that Spider-Man came out, Maguire was
asked how he felt about comments that he was
“too reserved as an actor.”
He explained that he had more or less embraced
the fact that he isn’t very charismatic.
Basically, he claimed not to equate real-world
popularity with doing a good job on set.
Based on his own words and behavior, it would
appear that it isn’t in Mr. Maguire’s nature
to be excessively flashy or outgoing.
But the harsh reality of Hollywood is that
if you’re not willing to play the popularity
game, sooner or later you’re likely to be
pushed onto the back burner.
And with Maguire’s willing embrace of his
own subdued nature, it’s no surprise that
he’s slowly faded from the minds of Hollywood
Ending on a low note
Despite launching Maguire to fame, the Spider-Man
flicks may have also had a bit of a negative
effect on his career trajectory.
While all three films were box office smashes,
the series ended on what was pretty universally
considered the worst of trilogy.
The project had a lot of factors stacked against
it, and even director Sam Raimi was disenchanted
with the final product.
Shortly after the sour critical and fan response,
talks between Raimi and Sony about a fourth
installment fell through.
Needless to say, ending your tenure as an
iconic character with a movie so unpopular
it seemingly kills a franchise tends to undo
some of the goodwill of a strong beginning.
It’s no surprise then that the whole scenario
took a bit of the luster off of the Marvel
star power that initially did so much to fuel
“There’s someone else!
I’ve fallen in love with someone else.”
Marriage, divorce, and fatherhood
It may be a cliché, but it’s still true that
marriage and parenting can be tough challenges
that take up all the time we throw at them.
It should come as no surprise, then, that
Maguire’s marriage to jewelry designer Jennifer
Meyer in 2007 happened to coincide with the
beginning of his gradual fade from the limelight.
The relationship lasted for nine years before
they announced that they were officially separating
in October 2016.
The divorce was finalized a year later.
Fortunately, though, the split was amicable,
and Maguire and Meyer both remain dedicated
parents to their two children, Ruby and Otis.
Furthermore, Us Weekly reported in 2018 that
Meyer considers her ex-husband to be her best
friend, and the two have continued to strive
to raise happy children despite the circumstances.
“The best co-parent a girl could have.
We really share in everything, he’s amazing.
He’s the greatest dad in the world.
So, he makes it very easy.”
From actor to producer
When he’s not tending to his family duties,
Maguire is still first and foremost an entertainer.
While earlier in his career that primarily
meant acting, recently he’s begun to spin
off in a different direction as a producer.
Interestingly, it’s through this shift that
Maguire seems to have found the ideal way
to truly express his passions.
Again, the man isn’t an attention hog.
Thus, it’s only natural that when his fame
and fortune reached a certain point, he attempted
to move out of the spotlight without dropping
his passion for cinema altogether.
He’s produced a few minor successes, like
Rock of Ages, Pawn Sacrifice, and The 5th
But while most of his movies have been decently
produced, they were decidedly not box office
This is fine for a hobbyist focused on a passion
project, but a list of duds and semi-successes
won’t go far in helping an ambitious actor
muscle his way back into the limelight.
A little bit picky
Another factor that has chilled the relationship
between Hollywood and Tobey Maguire is the
fact that he doesn’t accept just any old acting
job that’s offered to him these days.
He’s been very selective about the roles he’s
taken on in the years since Spider-Man.
In a 2015 interview with Nylon, he explained,
“It’s always difficult to find projects that
I want to get involved in, so that’s a continuous
Maguire went on to say that his choosy nature
stems from the fact that a moviemaking career
involves a lot of commitment and investment.
If he’s not deeply interested in the story
of the project, it becomes very hard for him
to enjoy the experience.
And we can’t argue with that.
At this point in his career, if Maguire can’t
do what he loves, then he might as well pack
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