Award winning journalist Shawn Edwards sits down with Tobey Maguire to talk about the new movie The Great Gatsby.
TOBEY MAGUIRE (Nick Carraway) continues to garner both critical and commercial success in a career renowned for the actor’s ability to deliver standout
performances in both big budget blockbusters as well as thought-provoking independents.
Maguire most recently appeared in Jacob Aaron Estes’ dark comedy film “The Details,” opposite Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington and Elizabeth Banks. He will next be seen with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet in the drama “Labor Day,” from director Jason Reitman, set for release this year.
Maguire has collaborated with some of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the business. His credits include a riveting performance in Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers,” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman, for which he received a Golden Globe Best Actor nomination in 2010; Gary Ross’ “Seabiscuit,” which received seven Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture; and a stirring performance in Lasse Hallström’s “The Cider House Rules,” which also received seven Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture.
In 2007, Maguire reunited with director Sam Raimi for “Spider-Man 3,” which then held the record for the second-biggest opening weekend (domestic and worldwide) of all time as well as becoming the number one highest grossing film of 2007. In addition, the franchise is one of the most successful in film history, with a total worldwide box office of approximately 2.5 billion dollars.
Maguire’s other credits include Steven Soderbergh’s period drama “The Good German,” opposite George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys,” in which Maguire starred opposite Michael Douglas; Ang Lee’s “Ride with the Devil” and critically acclaimed “The Ice Storm”; Gary Ross’ “Pleasantville,” opposite Reese Witherspoon; Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”; Woody Allen’s literary satire “Deconstructing Harry”; and his breakthrough in Griffin Dunne’s 1996 Academy Award®-nominated short “Duke of Groove.”
Under his Material Pictures banner, Maguire has also produced a number of films, including last year’s “Rock of Ages,” starring Tom Cruise, as well as “Country Strong,” written and directed by Shana Feste and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. Among the company’s many projects currently in development are the Steven Knight-scripted “Pawn Sacrifice,” which tells the life story of American chess icon Bobby Fischer leading up to his historic world championship match against Boris Spassky; “Good People,” starring James Franco and to be directed by Henrik Ruben Genz; “Z For Zachariah,” to be directed by Craig Zobel; and “Robotech,” a sprawling sci-fi epic based on the popular television series, which Nic Mathieu is set to direct. The company will also produce an animal trafficking film project with
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Tom Hardy’s Executive Options. In addition, Material Pictures will produce the sci-fi feature “5th Wave,” alongside GK Films, and “Cardboard,” an adaptation of Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel. Maguire’s first outing as a producer was the big-screen adaptation of David Benioff’s novel The 25th Hour. The critically acclaimed film was directed by Spike Lee and stars Edward Norton.
Segment Journalist: Shawn Edwards, Twitter @SedwardsKC
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