Just so you know, I didn't write that biography, I took it from another web page... (I don't remember the link though...)... I'm too damn lazy to write one myself... ^_^
Not everyone can be a star, and many actors
settle for small supporting roles and languish
there for their entire careers. Still, others take
what they have and turn it to gold. They are the
character actors - and they have become some
of the most respected actors in the field. One up
and coming character actor is Tobey Maguire.
After a short stint on the television series Great
Scott!, Tobey Maguire made his move to the big
screen in the critically acclaimed, This Boy's Life.
The film launched the career of another prominent
young actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, while Tobey
settled for a smaller role. Still, he and DiCaprio
became fast friends and remain so today. Maguire
continued to add up more small roles in youth
oriented films, without ever breaking out. His
nondescript and offbeat appearances didn't have
any lasting impact on the young audience, who
were too busy staring at the stars.
Then, finally, Tobey Maguire hit upon something.
He landed some roles which allowed him to be his
awkward self, and it worked. He grabbed
everyone's attention in The Ice Storm, as the shy
and oddball youth growing up in the sexual
revolution of the 1970s. He and co-stars Christina
Ricci and Elijah Wood all came away from the film
with much broader fan bases. A role in a Woody
Allen film, Deconstructing Harry, also helped
Tobey Maguire stretch his acting chops. His role in
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, one of the most
anticipated movies of 1998, increased his appeal to
audiences and gave him much better name
recognition. Maguire seems to finally be on a roll.
A bit of bad publicity can sometimes help a career.
In 1998, he and friend Leo sued filmmaker and
former friend, R.D. Robb, when the director
attempted to release Don's Plum . The two young
stars claimed that they had helped Robb out with a
short film that was never meant to be released at
feature length. Apparently, Don's Plum featured a
group of young actors hanging out at the title bar,
just talking. Much of it was ad-lib and spontaneous
chatter about sexuality, women, drugs and a lot of
other "uncomfortable" topics. Apparently, Leo and
Tobey were being themselves in the film and said
some things which might tarnish their public images.
Some critics charged that Maguire, who had initially
launched the suit, brought in Leo (in post-Titanic
popularity) in order to help the case - and it's
worked so far. The scandal served to put Tobey
Maguire in the headlines, and it also linked him with
DiCaprio for his multitude of fans.
Maguire appeared in his first starring role opposite
Reese Witherspoon, in Pleasantville, a comedy
about two modern day youths who get trapped in a
1950s family sitcom. It will be interesting to see if
Maguire now chooses to go after more starring
roles or whether he will go back to his character
actor days. He will next be seen in the civil war
epic, Ride With the Devil.