Spiderman - Dunst confesses to getting the giggles

Story by Jack Foley

FOR Spiderman co-star Kirsten Dunst, one of the biggest challenges in taking on the role of Peter Parker’s love interest, Mary Jane, was getting used to acting in front of a blue screen.

The 20-year-old star had experienced some blue screen work while shooting Interview with The Vampire a few years ago, but admitted to being reduced to giggles on at least one occasion during the filming of some of Spiderman’s more emotional moments.

"There was this one time, I was sitting in a chair, supposedly screaming for help and throwing my arms around, I was supposed to be falling, that I just couldn’t stop laughing," she said. "And it is hard to get used to at first, but I have experienced it before, so it wasn’t as difficult as I thought."

Dunst was also keen, when taking on the role, not to be perceived by audiences as merely the ‘damsel in distress’ and is confident that girl-next-door Mary Jane does not come across that way.

"With Sam directing and the role being so well-written, I don’t think that becomes a problem," she told a press conference at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday last week (6/6/02). "Mary Jane has her own journey in the film and I think she is a strong character who can also be a role model to the girls who are watching."

Dunst is another of the film’s stars who has agreed to come back for at least one (if not two) sequels, but she is also keen to continue challenging herself as an actress in a number of diverse roles - she has already appeared in critically-acclaimed movies such as The Virgin Suicides, as well as slightly lighter fare such as Get Over It.

"I want to keep doing what I love, challenging myself, and growing as an actress," she added. "I would also like to be able to direct a movie one day, as well as starting my own family."

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