You may not be aware of it, but Tobey Maguire has experienced the kind of rags-to-riches tale typically found in Hollywood films. The actor had a few jobs in the 1990s, but he broke through in 2000 when he was cast as Spider-Man, the legendary web-slinger best known for swinging around New York City in a skin-tight outfit while pretending to battle crime.
While the part helped Maguire become a household name, our Spidey sense says you’d be hard-pressed to see the actor opening a bottle of champagne — or any other alcoholic beverage for that matter — to celebrate his success.
Maguire is a bit of a rarity in Hollywood because he abstains from alcohol. At Least not any longer. He told People in 2003, “I don’t think it’s a secret that I’ve been sober since I was 19.” The actor claimed to have quit using any mind-altering drugs and abstained. His justification for doing so may surprise you.
Tobey Maguire had very modest origins that led to a long journey to fame and success. The Week reported that the actor’s youthful parents, who were struggling to make ends meet, gave birth to him. To keep the wolf from the door, Maguire’s parents had to rely on food stamps, government help, and the kindness of strangers. He told the newspaper, noting that he always had a roof over his head, “We would obtain groceries from neighbours.
When they weren’t spending the night in a shelter, his family would “wander” onto relatives’ couches. This feeling of hopelessness gave the young actor a spark. He told The Guardian, “I wanted to get out of it. Therefore, my objective was first to make money; I was pretty determined.
He explained his choice to stop drinking to the Belfast Telegraph by saying, “I did as a youngster have some problems in that sense and had to make some life decisions and adjust some of my conduct,” adding, “There was no excess in that regard from 19 on.” Maguire earned the role that would make him famous about eight years into sobriety.
Tobey Maguire controlled his drinking with the aid of Alcoholics Anonymous, just like so many other people do. The actor opened up to Playboy (via Entertainment Tonight) about his involvement with the programme and praised it for being helpful. “It completely transformed my life; AA is a simple form of spirituality. There are no gimmicky customs. He continued, “The person doesn’t tell me what to do; they tell me what they did. It’s fundamental. You might do it without thinking.”
The actor recently disclosed that in addition to putting the bottle on the shelf, he’s also stopped enjoying a few other vices.
He revealed to The Guardian: “I am a vegan. I may consume too much wheat and sugar, but I continually work to improve.” With almost three decades of abstinence under his belt, he’s come a long way. He acknowledged to the source that he’s “constantly reflecting on personal growth.” That is not to argue that the actor doesn’t have vices. Maguire was caught up in a shady gaming operation for which he finally paid a high price.