05/10/2013 06:16 am ET

Tobey Maguire Watches His First Made-For-TV Film With 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

Tobey Maguire talked about his first big acting gig on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." He had to fight for it, but he was cast in the made-for-TV movie, "Tales from the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown, Class Clown." The titular "Whoop" was none other than Whoopi Goldberg, which isn't a bad co-star for your big break.

Maguire played a high school kid who learns his own value with the thanks of his guardian angel, played by Goldberg. But he almost didn't get the role for the 1990 special. He said the director originally wanted to go with a more "seasoned" child actor, but Maguire told him that sometimes in life it's good to take a chance. The director did, and Maguire's career has only skyrocketed since then.

Of course, even though he's a big star now doesn't mean he got to avoid taking a visual trip down memory lane. Of course Jimmy Kimmel had a clip from the television special. Fans eager to have this piece of film history will have to settle for it on VHS, where it's available on Amazon for the reasonable price of $1.74.

That's cheaper than heading to theaters to see Tobey Maguire in "The Great Gatsby," though we suspect his newer project is probably a stronger cinematic achievement than his inauspicious beginnings.

Come back for more laughs with "Jimmy Kimmel Live" every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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