He just wants to rest!
COPYRIGHT Steve Tilley
Tuckered-out Tobey just
wants to rest
By STEVE TILLEY
-- Edmonton Sun
HOLLYWOOD -- Keep it down, would you?
Tobey Maguire is trying to sleep.
While he may not be the hardest-working man in
show business - that distinction probably belongs
to Regis "I'm everywhere!" Philbin - the
24-year-old star of The Cider House Rules and
Wonder Boys is determined to take it easy for a
Maguire has just come off the equivalent of a
sports team's gruelling road trip: Three demanding
pictures, back to back, all shot on location in
different parts of the U.S.
The last was Wonder Boys (opening in theatres
today), director Curtis Hanson's follow-up to his
Oscar-winning L.A. Confidential. Maguire plays
James Leer, a misfit college student with huge
literary talent who gets taken under the wing of a
frumpy, pot-smoking professor (Michael
Maguire says he had no intention of even making
The Cider House Rules (nominated for seven
Oscars) after his tough five-month shoot in
Kansas and Missouri for director Ang Lee's Civil
War drama Ride With the Devil. But he couldn't
refuse the script (adapted from John Irving's
bestseller) or the chance to work with Swedish
director Lasse Hallstrom.
"I felt like it (The Cider House Rules) was more
important than me being homesick, it was more
important than me needing rest," says Maguire. "I
felt like I had to do it because I liked everything
So he went straight to New England for another
four months of long days. When that wrapped,
the young star was truly anxious to get home -
until he got a copy of the script for Wonder Boys,
based on Michael Chabon's acclaimed novel, and
was offered a part.
"I was going, 'Oh no, I like this script and I really
want to work with Curtis and Michael Douglas
and I think I'm going to end up working again.' "
After three months of shooting in Pittsburgh,
Maguire finally fled home to California to get
some much-needed rest.
It's an embarrassment of riches for the young
star, who had his first movie role in This Boy's
Life (where he met and befriended current pal
He got noticed in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm and
Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry before
getting his first meaty starring role opposite Reese
Witherspoon in Pleasantville. But as with anything
that becomes popular quickly, Maguire has
suffered backlash from critics, who call his acting
style "minimalistic" - particularly in Cider House
and Wonder Boys.
"Minimalistic?" he asks with raised eyebrows. "I
dunno. That's what my furniture is, so I suppose
maybe there's some truth to it."
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