Tobey Maguire explains why he wanted to play Babylon’s most depraved character

through Toby MaguireIn his three-decade career, he has demonstrated his acting skills in various roles. While many may recognize him as Spider-Man from the Marvel franchise, the now 47-year-old has shown his range by starring in more serious films, including 2009 Brothers, 2013 The Great Gatsbyand Labor Day. Maguire puts his skills to the test again, this time in the newly released film Babylon as he portrays the role of a drug addict named James McKay.

Babylon follows the lives of actors and actresses as the Hollywood film industry transitions from silent to talkie. The film also stars Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Phoebe Tonkin, Olivia Wilde, Samara Weaving, Max Minghella and many others.

Tobey Maguire in Babylon
Screen grab via Paramount Pictures

During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Maguire revealed what initially drew him to McKay. The star told the publication on Dec. 24 it’s because McKay was “unusual” and he liked the character’s villainous role in the film. Maguire said:

It was kind of appealing to play James because he was unusual and I really liked the character. I liked the role he plays in the story and where he’s from [into play], to hoist the film and these guys into this underworld, into this world. It seemed fun. And I didn’t really have a clear idea of ​​what I was going to do, which was kind of exciting. There were just a lot of possibilities in the characterization.

Further in the conversation, Maguire shared that although he was looking at other roles, the Pleasantville Stern turned to McKay. Maguire revealed that he has no regrets about his decision because after the film was completed and the cast had a chance to see it, he couldn’t imagine playing the other characters because the actors portrayed them so well. While complimenting his co-stars, the father-of-two explained:

Well, there were other things I looked at that looked fun too. But I was just drawn to McKay. And it’s also funny: once things are done and you look at what other actors have done in the other roles that were possible — and they’re just that good — you’re like, oh, I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing that to have done. You’re so good. But I just felt attracted to James.

production for Babylon was originally scheduled to launch in California in 2020 but was ultimately postponed due to the pandemic. Filming finally began on July 1, 2021 and will end in October of this year.

Babylon is coming to cinemas now. Tobey Maguire explains why he wanted to play Babylon’s most depraved character

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