“Tobey and I are basically the same age. I was like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s what I’ve signed up for.’”
“It’s fine. I’m a lot older than Kirsten Dunst, so I get it. I’m not much older than Tobey, but. . .But I got it back then,” Banks added when recounting the same story at a press junket back in 2008. “And I was a nobody. I had no expectations of even being in that movie. The casting director called and said, ‘As a consolation prize essentially do you want to be Betty Brant?’ So it started out as a consolation prize and it’s become a favour.’”
Banks went on to star in the film as Betty Brant, the Daily Bugle secretary with a fondness for Peter.
Sadly Banks’ story is an all-to familiar one, with Olivia Wilde also revealing earlier this year that she auditioned for the role of Leo’s wife in Wolf of Wall Street.
"The funniest thing I heard recently was, I heard that I was too sophisticated," Wilde told Howard Stern back in March.
"I thought, 'Oh, that sounds nice. I like that feedback. I didn't get the part but I'm a very sophisticated person.' And then I found out later they actually said old. I want to make a translation sheet for Hollywood that's all the feedback your agents give you and what it really means."
FYI Olivia is 32 and Leo is 41.
37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal also revealed she was deemed ‘too old’ to play the love interest of a 55-year-old star.
“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” the actress told The Wrap.
“I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”
Honestly Hollywood, really?