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Elizabeth Banks Was Apparently ‘Too Old’ At 28 to Play Mary Jane in ‘Spider-Man’


Elizabeth Banks says that she was told that she was told she auditioned for Watson in 2002's Spider-Man at the age of 28.

“Tobey and I are basically the same age — and I was told I was too old to play her,” Banks told Glamour UK, referring to the film's lead, Tobey Maguire, who is about 16 months her junior. “I was like, ‘Oh, OK, that's what I've signed up for,'” she said.

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Actress ELIZABETH BANKS at the Los Angeles premiere of her new Spider-Man. Paul Smith / Featureflash

The role would later go to , who was only 18 years old. Banks was cast in the movie, but in a supporting role.

Bank's revelation is just the latest story from several actresses who have spoken out about age discrimination for in the . In fact, several actresses say there is a major age gap for male and their romantic counterparts. Olivia Wilde said she was “too old” to play opposite in Last year, Maggie Gyllenhaal said she was told she was too old for lead roles.

However, Banks didn't let that stop her.  “What I'm grateful for now is longevity,” she said. “I was never a flavor of the month. I feel very comfortable that I will be working in this for a while.”


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