Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man film revolutionized the superhero movie industry and kicked off an extremely lucrative franchise. But it wouldn't have been a monster hit without its three stars: Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker), James Franco (Harry Osborn) and Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson).
Now, 10 years after Spider-Man 3 was released, Dunst has opened up about her time in the franchise, and has expressed her thoughts on the new versions of Spider-Man. The actress sat down for an interview with Variety to promote her upcoming film with Sofia Copolla, #TheBeguiled. Here's the Spidey goodness the actress shared:
Kirsten Dunst Hasn't Watched The Reboots
As Peter Parker's original love interest, Dunst was asked to give her input on the newer versions of the hero. The actress revealed that she does not keep up with the Spidey franchise past her own films, stating — perhaps somewhat jokingly — that she would much rather be part of Raimi's trilogy than the new franchise:
"'I don’t care,' she says of the reboots, admitting she didn’t see the last installment. 'Everyone likes our Spider-Man. C’mon, am I right or what? Listen, I’d rather be in the first ones than the new ones.'”
Keep in mind, Dunst isn't criticizing Andrew Garfield or Tom Holland's portrayal of the web-swinger. Essentially, she's so fond with the trilogy she was involved with, that she wouldn't trade it for any new iteration. After being such an important part of the franchise for almost a decade, that's completely understandable!
Remembering Her Time As Mary Jane Watson
Dunst recalled being eager to get the part of Mary Jane, and her subsequent happy experience with the saga. Her attachment to the story was so strong, in fact, that she wishes they could have gotten to do a fourth Spider-Man film:
“I wanted to be in that movie so badly. I loved it, and I wish we could have made a fourth.”
Unfortunately, Dunst's fondness for Sam Raimi's superhero classics comes with a caveat. Highlighting a common occurrence in Hollywood, Dunst revealed that she was paid less than her male costars, despite being one of the three main characters:
“Because I was young, I thought, ‘Oh wow, I’m getting paid a lot of money for the Spider-Man movies.’ But definitely the men were getting paid more. So yes, I experienced that.”
This is a situation that many actresses have faced over the years, and it's important that people who have gone through it are speaking out. Hopefully, comments like these incite a much-needed change in the industry.
Still, it's refreshing to hear Kirsten Dunst remember the original Spider-Man movies so fondly, as not all actors have positive experiences on-set. And maybe she'll catch up with the wall-crawler, because if the trailers we've gotten for #Homecoming are any indication, the franchise is getting back on track~
The Beguiled will be released on June 23, 2017. Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.
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