One of the most enjoyable elements of the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” publicity tour has been the obvious affection between current Spider-Man actor Tom Holland and his co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.
From playful banter to dressing like the “Night at the Roxbury” characters whilst attending premieres, the bromantic pair have been all over pushing the film. Of course at one time, a little over fifteen years ago, Gyllenhaal himself almost slipped on the red and blue spandex to play Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2”.
At the time, then Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire was injured whilst filming “Seabiscuit” between the first and second Spidey movies and there was concern that he might have to bow out of the role. As a result, alternates like Gyllenhaal were seriously considered – Maguire was able to recover though and went on to complete not just that film but another whole one after.
Gyllenhaal meanwhile generally avoids blockbusters, only occasionally dabbling in them such as with 2004’s “The Day After Tomorrow” and 2011’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”. His name is often up for consideration for roles in those films though and speaking to Yahoo recently, he explained the history behind why he’s not appeared in many:
“There are so many roles in my career where I was up against another actor, or something happened that possibly could’ve happened but didn’t happen but maybe it would have. Eventually my belief is when an actor’s played a character, particularly in a movie, the character’s theirs, and that’s that. But yeah [Maguire] hurt himself and there was talk. And there was a slew of actors [possibly up for the part], and I was one of them.
I think I learned a lot from [“Prince of Persia”] in that I spend a lot of time trying to be very thoughtful about the roles that I pick and why I’m picking them. And you’re bound to slip up and be like, ;That wasn’t right for me,’ or ‘That didn’t fit perfectly.’ There have been a number of roles like that. And then a number of roles that do.”
Gyllenhaal will be trying again with a tentpole in the near future, joining Jessica Chastain in Netflix’s planned film adaptation of the popular Ubisoft game series “The Division”.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” arrives in cinemas on July 2nd.