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Tobey Maguire on Spider-Man 3

Published May 1, 2007 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
Spider-Man 3 delivers more of the trademark moments that fans are clamoring for, including a Bruce Campbell scene, a Stan Lee cameo and fights between Peter Parker and Harry Osborn. Tobey Maguire addressed each of them one by one to get us excited about the movie.

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In Campbell's scene, the Evil Dead star plays a French matre'd bumbling Peter's attempted marriage proposal. "It wasn’t really like adlibbed," said Maguire. "There was a different tone at first to the scene. It was kind of more confrontational. We were kind of getting along strangely. There were some awkward moments, but I thought it would be a better tone if we were getting along better. Sam is always coming up with gags or different jokes. So, I think everybody was throwing in some ideas here and there and it did change up a bit. That was a lot of fun and I thought Bruce was fantastic and the best appearance of the three appearances for him in these movies."

Spidey creator Lee likes to cameo in all the Marvel movies he can. This time he actually appears on screen with the star. "I think what he’s done is pretty amazing to me. He created all these characters, not just Spider-Man, but lots of characters that are this big, iconic character that are really present in Hollywood movies now. It’s pretty interesting and he’s an icon himself like his characters."

The fight scenes with Harry were particularly tough because Peter does not wear his costume or mask during them. Maguire had to do a lot of the stunt work himself. "They are all kind of similar. I definitely am doing a lot more of that than some of the other stuff. But they are really long involved process. I would guess it’s similar, but a little more work for me basically."

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With so much going on and the film still fresh in his mind, Maguire gave Spidey 3 some high praise. "Right now, I feel like this one is my favorite. I’m excited about it. It’s fresh. There are so many great things. It’s funnier, it explores new territory. It’s probably the most distinctly different of the three films. I thought 2 was a really good movie. The story came together very well. In the first one I loved the excitement of it and the origin story. So, right now, I would probably say this one is my favorite."

By this point, the filmmakers value the actor's perspective as much as their own. "Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi, I think, came up with the basic idea for the movie and it was kicked around awhile before I got involved. But, I was involved fairly early on in terms of the screenplay. Sam was very open to me contributing all of my ideas both from the story stand point, tonally, content of scenes, everything. He was very open. He’d listen and I think use things when it was good and dismiss it when it wasn’t."

Spider-Man 3 opens to theatres on May 4th.

For the trailers, posters, stills and more movie info, go to the Spider-Man 3 Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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Sources: Image property of Columbia Pictures.

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