What Happened to Tobey Maguire? From Spider-Man to professional poker player

The actor is on everyone’s lips again at the premiere of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, where it is rumored that he could play Spider-Man again.

We no longer talk about the fashion of superhero cinema because we have lived it for more than a decade, but, incredible as it may seem, there was a time when it was difficult to find this type of story on the billboard. Tobey Maguire and his Spider-Man in 2002 inaugurated the movement and became one of the first great successes of the genre in Hollywood when no one knew what that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was.

20 years have passed since the role that brought him to fame and his appearances in movies are counted on the fingers. It began to disappear around 2007 and, without counting Brothers O The great Gatsby, It has been rare to see him in front of a camera in the last decades. What happened to him? What has happened to make it disappear from the industry? In between, he’s started a family, taken to poker tournaments, and started a company. Looks like he doesn’t feel like returning to Hollywood stardom.

After succeeding as Spider-Man, Maguire has remained in the shadows, but that doesn’t mean he’s been idle. What he has done is to develop his facet as a producer and in recent years he has contributed a couple of good stories to the industry, such as A dangerous decision (2014) the The Fischer case (2015), where a role was reserved. He has developed them under the umbrella of his company Material Pictures, which in recent years has increased its number of projects. He currently has in hand Babylon, the new creation of Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and McClane, a new installment of the saga Crystal jungle.

Maguire has not left Hollywood, but continues his career from a new position. In 2007, in the midst of the Spidey boom, Maguire was already announcing his desire to leave Hollywood to lead a quieter life. He set out to change his role and he succeeded. Now his career as a producer is in a good moment and, after the pandemic, he can only grow.

At the same time, it has opened other paths. The actor has played poker professionally and has won several awards. This hobby jumped into all the media with the premiere of the film Molly’s Game, where he tells how Maguire and a group of friends – well known from the world of cinema – gambled millions of dollars in secret gambles. Maguire managed these hangouts where Leonardo DiCaprio -a great friend of his-, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and directors Todd Phillips and Nick Cassavetes participated, among other unknown tycoons but equally millionaires.

It happened between the mid to late 2000s, until the sessions began to be investigated. They hadn’t done anything illegal, so there were no repercussionsBut the nights of fun where a waitress could earn thousands of dollars in tips in one night came to an end. Maguire is said to have made tens of millions in those years.

Tobey Maguire, a troubled child actor

We only know the tip of the iceberg of Maguire’s life. The son of separated parents, he spent his childhood living with different relatives and constantly changing schools. This situation did not help in his studies and, since he spent a lot of time in casting tests, he soon left the institute. He took the title of basic studies later.

Before he was Spider-Man, he already had a solid career as a performer. He was a child actor who spent much of his childhood auditioning. In that process he met Leonardo DiCaprio, with whom he developed a great friendship. Since that time, they have supported each other and, especially early in their careers, recommended each other for roles in each other’s productions. Maguire worked on This boy’s life -at the request of DiCaprio-, The rules of the Cider House O Young prodigies.

He ended up becoming an actor by pure chance. He wanted to be a cook and sign up for home economics, but his mother gave him $ 100 if he chose theater as an elective. Perhaps his mother would have enrolled him in home economics if she had known that Maguire was going to get into the bad habits of child actors. In the mid-90s, he realized he had a problem with alcohol and, after receiving therapy, has remained sober to this day.

In his personal life, he is the father of two children whom he had with jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer. Meyer is the daughter of Ronald Meyer, former president of Universal Studios, and met her during the filming of Seabiscuit: Beyond the Legend. They separated in 2016 after 9 years of marriage. In 2020 they officially divorced, although they maintain a beautiful friendship.

It seems unlikely that he will return to the fame he had in the early 2000s. Tobey Maguire has no interest in it. His reserved personality has led him to be something of an anti-Hollywood star. “I know there is a lot of talk about my charisma deficit and I have to admit that I am not a wild and brash actor. It is not my nature to be flashy or outgoing.”, he pointed out in an interview with Cinema when he introduced himself as the new Spider-Man.

Now the big question is whether he will put on the Spidey suit once again. “I don’t have a ‘I would or would not’ mentality. I will just do whatever comes my way,” he said to The Hollywood Reporter in 2019. With the imminent release of Spider-Man: No Way Home On December 17th, all eyes are on the possible and unconfirmed Spider-Men encounter.

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