PSA: This Random Celeb Was In The Tobey Maguire Spider-Man

In light of the upcoming reboot of Spider-Man, we want to remind you of something: Joe Manganiello, the impressive ball of muscles married to Sofia Vergara, appeared — dare I say starred — in the 2002 version starring Tobey Maguire. He played Flash Thompson, the school asshole, who gets into a food fight with a recently bitten (a.k.a. newly powered) Peter Parker. Clad in a striped polo and a regrettable chain wallet, Manganiello is nearly unrecognizable. (The spiky gelled hair doesn't help.)
Note: this was in 2002 (or 2001), years before Manganiello would make a name for himself as the werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO's True Blood.
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Behold, the glory that is Flash Thompson:
In the above clip, Peter (Tobey Maguire) and Flash (Mr. Manganiello) get into a little scuffle. According to Manganiello, when he was on set, a crew member offered him $100 to punch Tobey Maguire for real.
"There was a crew guy who came up to me and said, 'Listen, I'll give you a hundred dollars if you hit him in the face by accident," Manganiello recalled on the since-cancelled Pete Holmes Show. "A couple of the other guys are in on it." The then 24-year-old didn't do it, naturally.
"Did you think about it?" Host Pete Holmes asked.
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"I probably never would have worked again," Manganiello replied. (Not that we're encouraging punching anyone, per se, but $100 seems a little short when you're talking actor-on-actor violence. )
It was a wise decision for Manganiello, because he went on to have a pretty fabulous career. These days, he's known as Alcide, or Big Dick Richie from Magic Mike, or — if you're a true fan — Brad Morris on How I Met Your Mother. Flash Thompson is a fading speck in the distance.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is in theaters July 7, Tony Revolori plays a less spiky-haired version of Flash. In fact, the 2017 version of Flash is the president of debate team and an aspiring DJ. He wears a mustard-colored blazer, and he pops his collar. It's a far cry from Joe Manganiello. (See Revolori's Flash, below!)
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