Ah, the early 2000's, or whatever that decade wants to be called. Tobey Maguire was at the top of his game and appearing just about everywhere. Long before Andrew Garfield, we looked up to him as Spider-Man. All of a sudden, however, he vanished like Aang in an ice ball and it seems like forever since we've seen his charming face lighting up the big screen. Now the Hollywood Reporter is stating that his role in Ang Lee's award-contender Life of Pi has tragically been cut. On the bright side, he's still getting more publicity than Topher Grace.
Reportedly Ang Lee made the decision to cut out Maguire's role as a writer who interviews the central character due to the performance not meshing well with the rest of the film. The actor and director have a history, beginning with 1997's The Ice Storm, so although the news is unfortunate for Tobey, there must have been a pretty justified reason for the cut. Quotes from both parties indicate that there is no bad blood between the men, with Maguire respecting the artistic integrity of the film and Lee asserting that he will contact Maguire in the future. In the end, Lee states that he wanted to remain consistent and stick to an international cast.
With or without Tobey Maguire, Life of Pi is certainly coming together like a fine work of art. And the news isn't all bad for our old Seabiscuit pal, he still has Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby releasing sometime next year. His return, of sorts, to mainstream film is a warmly welcome one. After the travesty that was Spider-Man 3, you really can't blame the guy for laying low. It was truly painful, and I'm a self-proclaimed fanatic about Sam Raimi and comics. It's good to hear Tobey is taking the news well, otherwise I'd better keep my eyes peeled for dancing emo Peter Parker on the streets of New York.