Here’s another one for your “two actors who were really good at pretending they actually liked each other” collection. Charlize Theron recently spoke to James Franco for an interview with V magazine. Well, James Franco might never know if Charlize actually enjoyed talking to him or was just putting up with him to get the job done, because apparently she’s really good at the latter.
James asked Charlize about a rumor he heard that she didn’t get along with Tobey Maguire while filming 1999’s The Cider House Rules. In TCHR, Charlize’s character falls in love with Tobey’s after her boyfriend (played in peak-90s hotness by Paul Rudd) drops her off at his clinic to get a secret abortion. Tobey Maguire has the face of an elderly Boston Terrier and the voice of a shy Muppet, so you’d think it would be easy to make like you’re falling in love with him. But no, apparently Charlize and Toby weren’t feeling each other.
“Tobey and I had a bit of a rough time, yeah. I mean, we’re good now. It was a difficult movie. There really is real power in substitution. The thing is, as an actor, you can’t just rely on one method. Every day is completely different for a completely different reason. Whether it’s the weather, or the writing isn’t there, or you don’t get along with your castmate, you have to be able to go to something else that’s just as powerful. Does it make it as enjoyable? Probably not. I mean, there were just a couple of days that Tobey and I had a rough time. The rest of the movie, we actually had a really good time. I love Tobey. I’m kind of glad we had that experience on that movie. It teaches you different things. It taught me that I could fall in love with somebody in my head while looking at someone else.”
James then asked whose face she projected onto Tobey’s, but Charlize refused to say. She did say that it was necessary for her performance to mentally get the hots for someone else, because she and Tobey “didn’t feel that way about each other.” It’s a shame that Spider-Man 3 was still years away from being made, otherwise she could have easily gotten her horny levels up for Tobey Maguire just by watching that clip of him strutting around as Cool Peter Parker.
You can read the whole interview here. Charlize also talks about going all crazy with a bottle of ketchup (not like that) during her audition for 2 Days in the Valley, and how the Evil Queen in The Huntsman 2 is basically a serial killer.
Honestly, who even knows why Tobey and Charlize didn’t get along? Charlize has also admitted that she didn’t get along with Tom Hardy while filming Mad Max: Fury Road, so maybe Charlize was the problem. I mean, we already know she has a problem getting along with her fellow SoulCyclists. Or maybe Tobey was the one chapping her ass? Tobey is a card-carrying member of the Pussy Posse, so there’s a very good chance Charlize was getting sick and tired of coming to set every day and finding out that Leonardo DiCaprio had once again surprised his good buddy Tobey with a visit. “Hey Tobey, why don’t you introduce me to your blonde friend? You look like a model. Are you a model? You like yachts? Here’s my number.”