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Maguire Cut from Life of Pi

Big Star too Jarring

By Robert T. Trate     September 06, 2012
Source: Total Film

Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi adaptation has made a rather radical casting change, with Tobey Maguire (arguably the project’s most recognisable star) having been cut from the film altogether.

Maguire has initially been cast to play a writer who interviews the film’s young protagonist, after he is discovered washed ashore in the wake of a catastrophic naval accident. However, Lee has now had a change of heart, describing Maguire’s presence as too jarringly recognisable.

“To be consistent with the other casting choices made for the film, I decided to go with an entirely international cast,” said Lee. “I very much admire Tobey and look forward to working with him again in the future.”

To be honest, it always did seem slightly odd to have a major Hollywood star cropping up alongside a cast of unknowns in a fairly minor role. As for Maguire himself, there are clearly no hard feelings in the wake of the decision.

“I fully support Ang’s decision to go a different direction for this role in Life of Pi,” he told
THR. “Ang shared a lot of the film with me, and what I saw was absolutely beautiful.”
Lee has apparently reshot Maguire’s scenes with Rafe Spall, who doesn’t have quite the same international cache as the man who played Spider-Man. Not yet anyway. 

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Hookedonavengers2012 9/6/2012 10:51:24 PM

 In my comment I was replaced by a lesser known but more argumentitive Maniac.

 

Bread an tits be'otches!

grins

thezillaman 9/6/2012 11:28:51 PM

wow x- spiderman still no work,.. at least not with lee. they need to remake orgazmo movie and have TM play ChodaBoy, orgazmo's  sidekick ,,

mlaforce 9/6/2012 11:43:57 PM

Well what are you going to do, right? he got paid and that's all that matters...Im sure Maquire agrees with Ang's visions and from a creative point a view he can agree with Ang's decision but what does he really care beyond the fact that the check cleared at the bank? Anyways, I think it looks amazing in story and in vision...

Dazzler 9/7/2012 3:52:39 AM

Wow this movie is too good for Toby?  The egos on this movie must be massive for Life of Pee.  I can't imagine this won't be a see if once and forget movie. 

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 9/7/2012 7:53:01 AM

Where did you get that from what your read, Dazzler?

Wiseguy 9/7/2012 3:01:22 PM

It really is a non-issue here but Maguire is a star so it makes the news.

The movie is going to be great

wish 9/7/2012 11:26:13 PM

I sure hope it's a great movie!  This seems to be getting blown out of proportion, it happens all the time that an actor is replaced for all kinds of reasons, this happened a year ago so it's just some free advertising at the expense of the actor, though Maguire has a few things on the go and none of them are with Nic Cage so I think he'll be ok.

BunyonSnipe 9/26/2012 5:57:43 AM

Good call, Z-Man I can see Tobey screaming "CHODABOOOOOOY" at the top of his lungs...

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