Ledger turned down ‘Spider-Man’

January 17th, 2009 - 2:09 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 17 (IANS) Late actor Heath Ledger was the first choice to play “Spider-Man”, the dead star’s longtime agent says.In a US magazine tribute to mark the first anniversary of Ledger’s death Jan 22, 2008, agent Steve Alexander reveals Ledger was among those considered for the blockbuster role before Tobey Maguire stepped up to play the comic book web slinger, reports contactmusic.com.

Alexander told Entertainment Weekly magazine: “Sony asked me to come over and read the script for “Spider-Man”. It was going to be a really cool tentpole movie.

“But as soon as I said ‘Spider-Man’ Heath said, ‘It’s not for me. I would be taking someone else’s dream away.’”

Maguire has gone on to taste blockbuster glory with three Spider-Man movies, while Ledger had to wait for his comic book moment - he played “The Joker” in “Batman Begins” sequel “The Dark Knight”, for which he won a Golden Globe last weekend Jan 11, 2009.

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