Local has close encounter with ‘Spiderman’ star on Bay Street

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By Lanier Laney

Deanna Bowdish, Beaufort artist and owner of The Gallery, could not have been more surprised this past Thanksgiving weekend when, while talking to a friend and leaving her store, she accidentally crashed into a passerby and ended up in his arms.  “I turned my head and was literally kissing distance from the face of Toby McGuire, one of the biggest movie stars in the world!” said Deanna, “But all I could do was stare at him open-mouthed with my jaw dropped.” She added, “He was very nice about it and just smiled and wished me a Happy Thanksgiving and continued on his way down Bay Street.”
Deanna’s was just one of many spottings around town of the movie star. McGuire was in town visiting famed movie producer Joel Silver who owns Auldbrass Plantation nearby.  The “Spiderman” star was reportedly staying at The Rhett House Inn, which has hosted many movie stars in the past such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Tom Hanks, and Sandra Bullock, to name just a few.  Go to www.rhetthouseinn.com to see the full listing of stars and the rooms at the inn where they have stayed.