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What Draws The Crowd: The Movie or the Star? 01 May 2003 11:29 #20062

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I've been reading in the trade mags. where Toby Maguire was complaining of a bad back and was trying to decide whether or not he should do the next Spider-Man movie. This got me thinking. If he decided not to play the role, would the movie do as well. I think the part was made for him to play. Face it, if Tom Cruise did Spider-Man it wouldn't be the same. So my question I guess is, 'Do you think Spider-Man 2 will be a success, (or as much of a success) without Toby?
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Re: What Draws The Crowd: The Movie or the Star? 01 May 2003 12:15 #20063

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When Mr. Maguire was first announced for the original role of Peter Parker / Spiderman, there were snickers in the peanut gallery. But he was the perfect choice. I agree, he would be hard to replace in any sequel.

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Re: What Draws The Crowd: The Movie or the Star? 01 May 2003 13:04 #20064

Although I think highly of Jake Gyllenhaal's acting ability, and think he could do a respectable job as Spiderman, I still don't think a Spidy sequal would measure up to the original without Toby McGuire. He really did fit the role well.

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Re: What Draws The Crowd: The Movie or the Star? 01 May 2003 15:22 #20065

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Basically, I think your audience is divided into two groups: celebrity fans and story fans. Those who want to see the celebrity continue in the part probably will not support a film with a newcomer playing the part. Given enough time before the sequal I think that might change. Those who like a particular story or genre aren't as concerned about who plays the part. I find myself in each catagory at times.

Batman went through a series of actors and it didn't seem to hurt the film.

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Re: What Draws The Crowd: The Movie or the Star? 01 May 2003 17:23 #20066

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It's about the story.
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Re: What Draws The Crowd: The Movie or the Star? 01 May 2003 22:38 #20067

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and what about James Bond?

I agree with Bob that there are two camps, but today I think that the story is the most important in most cases. However years ago (many years ago) star power sold films, but I'm talking about prior to the consent decrees when the studios owned not only the theatres but the stars as well. Each studio had a stable of stars which they sold like a commodity. If you look at old photos of theatre marquees from those days in was not uncommon to see the stars name all in large letters and the title in small letters.
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