"I mean, it's just been a little different than maybe, maybe a majority of the kids," he says. "I don't know really, because life is just different for everybody. If I'd lived a different life, I wouldn't be Tobey in the life I'm in now. You know, I'm not just talking about my success in acting, but life in general."
Of course, we are more than the sum of our experiences, but our experiences certainly go into the equation of who we are. The Tobey in the life he's in now is the one whom Hallström says "has an innocence and an old soul like Homer," and Maguire admits he feels some kinship with the Irving character.
"I can tell you what I understand about him," he says. "There are things that are kind of similar. I mean, he's kind of intolerant of human mistakes, and I think has this sort of fantasy that people should be responsible in the beginning, and that with forethought everything should be taken care of in the beginning, basically. I think it's his journey to figure out there is human frailty."
And Maguire knows as well as anybody, it's an essential journey to make if one is to truly come of age.