Elizabeth Banks is on the cover of the July issue of Glamour, and in an interview with the magazine, she reveals that she lost the role of Tobey Maguire's girlfriend Mary-Jane in the 2002 film Spider-Man because she was "too old." When filming began, Maguire was 27 and Banks was 16 months older than him. Wow, so ancient! Why would a virile young weirdo in a spandex bodysuit ever want to date an elderly hag over a year older than him? Come on now. Be realistic.


Banks explained:

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."

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The role went to Kirsten Dunst instead, who was 18 in 2001 when the movie began filming. See, imagine that famous kiss they had, when Spider-Man was hanging upside and Mary-Jane pulled his mask up a bit and they made out in the rain. How would that possibly have worked if his girlfriend had been a decrepit crone like Banks? She would have been all hunched over, she'd have to remember to put in her teeth before the smooch, the whole thing is repulsive to even imagine.