The 40 Year Old Virgin Elizabeth Banks Was Too Old to Play Mary Jane in 2000
Posted 2016/06/28 4512 0
Elizabeth Banks lost the role of Mary Jane to 18 year old actress Kirsten Dunst when Spider-Man was filmed in 2000.
Elizabeth Banks has recently revealed to Glamour that she was told she was "too old" for the romantic lead in 2002's "Spider-Man," opposite Tobey Maguire. At that time, she was 28.
"I screen-tested for the role of Mary Jane Watson in the first 'Spider-Man' movie. 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.'"
The role would go to Kirsten Dunst, who was 18 years old. Banks was cast in the film, but in a supporting part.
This isn't the first time Banks has opened up about the age-related rejection.
Back in 2008, during a press junket for another film, Banks said that the part she eventually got was really a "consolation prize" for not getting Mary Jane.
"What I'm grateful for now is longevity," she told Glamour. "I was never a flavor of the month. I feel very comfortable that I will be working in this industry for a while."
After Spider-Man, Elizabeth Banks joined the cast of The 40-Year-Old Virgin costarring Steve Carell. The actress then established her career in the comedy genre with Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Our Idiot Brother, What to Expect When You’re Expecting và Pitch Perfect. The latest blockbuster she joined is The Hunger Games.
Last year, Banks first tried in as a director for the project Pitch Perfect 2. The $29 million budgetted movie earned $287 million. The mother of two children is preparing for the superhero project of Power Rangers, expected to be release in 2017.