EXCLUSIVE! Director Sam Raimi: I Can't Imagine Anyone Else But Tobey Maguire Playing Spider-Man

Fri, January 15, 2010 5:00pm EST by 3 Comments


Do you agree that no one can rock that famous red and blue spandex suit like Tobey does?

If you’re worried about who’s going to fill his webbed shoes now that Tobey Maguire, 34, is out as Spider-Man, you’re not the only one. Even Sam Raimi, who directed all three Spidey films, has a hard time picturing another actor taking Tobey’s place!

“I’m such a fan of Tobey’s. It’s hard for me to ever imagine anyone else in that role,” Sam, 50, told HollywoodLife.com exclusively Jan. 14 at the LA premiere of his Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Though fans of the comic book hero may have been shocked when Sony Pictures announced Jan. 12 that Spider-Man 4 is a no-go (thus ending both Sam and Tobey’s reign in the hit films), the director thinks a prequel flick — showcasing Peter Parker’s teenage years — will still please fans.

“It’s going to be a very exciting reboot,” says Sam, who spoke to Tobey immediately after the news broke, and reveals the two are both “sad.” “I’m sure [the studio] will lead this [new] series in a very good direction. I’m sure of it.”

Maybe Sam’s sure, but are you? How do you feel about Tobey no longer playing Spidey?

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Stuart b

Posted at 9:05 PM on February 17, 2010  

I believe Tobey Maguire was the best-out-of-the-best SpiderMan I’ve ever seen!! I hate Sony Pictures for letting-go of Sam, Tobey, and the rest of the original cast~ and for also stopping SpiderMan 4, and going for a ridicules/non-sense early reboot. I would’ve loved to see Spidey 4 (with Raimi, Maguire, and everyone else)next year. If they go-ahead with reboot in 2012, i’m not going to waste my time seeing a Spidey film I’ve already seen! As a big SpiderMan/Maguire fan, that’s what I believe. (sorry Sony, but I wish you could consider going-back to continuing original film series with SpiderMan 4)

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Posted at 9:42 AM on January 16, 2010  

I never liked him as spiderman to be honest.

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Posted at 6:11 PM on January 15, 2010  

I agree. He was perfect for the role. They better not mess up the franchise. Honestly though, they can put anyone in the role of Spiderman and make money. Transformer 2 was terrible but people went to see it despite the reviews.

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