Elizabeth Banks too old Spider Man role of Mary-Jane—she was 28 at the time—only one year older than Tobey Maguire!
Ugh…. just…. ugh….
Despite being, at age 28, just months older than the lead actor, and would-be romantic interest, Tobey Maguire.
Although in fairness, it has to be said, Tobey Maguire does look like a 12-year-old, so go figure.
The role eventually went to the then-18-year-old snaggle-toothed Kirsten Dunst.
Who went on to make cinematic history with THAT kiss...
Banks tells Glamour UK:
I screen-tested for the role of Mary-Jane Watson in the first Spider-Man movie, opposite Tobey Maguire... Tobey and I are basically the same age and I was told I was too old to play her. I'm like, 'Oh, okay, that's what I've signed up for.'
There was a silver lining though!
Banks ended-up being cast as the secretary, Betty Brant… woop! woop!
Dream big post-teen women of Hollywood.
Work your ass off and you too could get to wear a bad wig, take down dictation and speak three or four lines.
Because clearly, at 28 you're WAY past your sexual prime.
Because, in Hollywood, 30 is the new 50..dontcha know?
Meanwhile, rest happy in the knowledge that if you DO manage to score a role—you can do it for a shit ton less money than your male counterparts receive.
Yep, James Brown really did have a point…
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