Maguire Shoots Down 'Problem' Stories
Tobey Maguire, speaking to journalists at a press conference for his new movie "Seabiscuit," about the real-life legendary horse of the 1930s, also managed to preview next year's sequel to last year's biggest hit, "Spider-Man," reports Reuters.
"I'm really happy with it," he said, adding that filming on "The Amazing Spider-Man" was about two-thirds complete. "It's going to be better than the first one. The story is a lot better."
Although declining to provide details of the plot, Maguire, who plays the comic book crime fighter Spider-Man and his alter ego Peter Parker, did deny news reports from earlier this year (specifically, a lengthy Los Angeles Times expose) stating that he was briefly axed from the sequel.
"It's not true that I was fired," he said. He also shot down the rumor that he had suffered a back problem as a result of his riding sequences for "Seabiscuit." (In the film, he plays racehorse jockey Johnny "Red" Pollard.)
Declining to detail his back problems, the actor, 28, did say that the condition was something that has nagged him for years.
Maguire characterized the stunt work in the "Spider-Man" sequel as strenuous and acrobatic, thereby creating some "concerns" and some "questioning" by the filmmakers and himself as to whether he was up for the job, says Reuters.
But he insists that he was always going to reprise his role for the sequel. "I didn't have any doubts," he said.
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