Hollywood ageism

Elizabeth Banks was considered too old to play Spiderman’s girlfriend … at 28

Elizabeth Banks (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Actress and Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks revealed in an interview with Glamour Magazine that she did not get a role as Spiderman’s girlfriend in the 2002 movie, because at 28, she was considered “too old”  — despite being just 16 months older than Tobey Maguire, who depicted the comic book superhero. “I screen-tested for the role of Mary-Jane Watson in the first Spider-Manmovie, 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, OK, that’s what I’ve signed up for.’” Kirsten Dunst ended up playing the role, even though she was 18 at the time of filming, 7 years younger than Maguire. Banks scored a smaller part in the Spiderman movies as a secretary. Since then, her career skyrocketed, with leading parts in blockbuster comedies and a recurring role in the Hunger Gamesfranchise. She later produced the incredibly successful Pitch Perfect, before directing its even more lucrative sequel.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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