It was understandably tough to get Tobey Maguire to commit to a fourth Spider-Man movie. After the huge ball of lame that was Spider-Man 3, it’s a miracle that any actor would want to be involved in a fourth film. But now that Sam Raimi has gotten a chance to go back to his roots (Drag Me To Hell) and seems to understand where Spider-Man 3 went wrong, there’s a good chance that the fourth installment of the franchise will actually be pretty good. Besides, it’s not like Tobey Maguire has much else to do.

Talking to The Boston Globe, Tobey discussed his initial hesitation to sign on to the fourquel. “It’s not that I was reluctant,’’ he said. “For me, it’s a big process to decide whether or not to do a role. I have to want to wake up in the morning and feel like I can’t wait to get to work. I’ve got to feel OK about leaving my kids for 12 or 13 hours a day for five months. It’s a big commitment.’’ This is the kind of thing you always hear from actors after they take forever to sign up for a role. It’s more likely the Tobey was waiting for something better to come along and it never did.

He further discussed his hope of growing the character of Peter Parker. “Hopefully I’ll be able to evolve the character in a new direction.” He continued, “He’ll still be Peter Parker, but I hope I can move him forward a bit and take him to a place where there will be new challenges for me as an actor.’’ Tobey sounds more and more like someone who doesn't want to play Spider-Man again but really has a hard time turning down a couple million bucks. And who can blame him? The guy's 34 now and probably doesn't want to wear tights anymore. Sorry, Tobey, maybe Brothers will get you an Oscar nom or something.

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