As much as sets are always working to be safe and productive environments for the actors, we do occasionally hear stories about experiences that may not have panned out exactly as the actor hoped. Sometimes being assertive is the best answer, and Kirsten Dunst recently revealed she had to refuse some requests when she was working on Sony’s Spider-Man movies.
In a recent interview, Kirsten Dunst spoke out about stuntwork she refused, also revealing she said ‘no” to changing her teeth for the production. She noted that she’s never really had trouble standing up for herself on set, using Spider-Man as an example.
Mmm … not really. I’ve always said 'no.' Like, it’s my life, you know? I remember once with Spider-Man, they kept at me with this one stunt where they strung me to the top of the ceiling and basically I bungee jumped. I didn’t really want to do it, and when I tried it I said, ‘Well, you should’ve shot that because I’m never doing it again. You’ll have to find another way’. It was terrifying, I hated it – so you should’ve shot that because I will never do it again.
Kirsten Dunst spoke out about standing her ground when it came to stunt work she was uncomfortable with. This apparently occurred more than once during her time playing opposite Tobey Maguire in the Spider-Man universe, in which she played Mary Jane Watson across three films, Spider-Man 1-3.
Stuntwork can be dangerous. I remember a while back Chris Pratt told a story about being similarly strung up on the ceiling for a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stunt. He actually fell and knocked himself unconscious when a stunt went wrong, although when telling the story he said he was attempting to land on his shoulder to sustain the least amount of damage possible. Stunts are no joke, and while Pratt wasn't flummoxed this accident occurred, not every actor or actress has the same personality. If an actor or actress is going to do a stunt he or she definitely needs to be comfortable with it, and it seems as if Kirsten Dunst wasn't.
On Spider-Man one of the producers tried to subtly coerce me into changing my teeth into those perfect Barbie doll teeth. I was like, ‘Nope, not doing that either.’
It wouldn’t be the first time an actor or actress was asked to drastically change their appearance for a movie role, but in this case Kirsten Dunst stuck to her guns and her own teeth. She's actually quite notable for doing this in Hollywood, as she told director Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled that losing weight would be too difficult and the director needed to just take her as she was. She's certainly a straight shooter, and those who hire the actress need to know that going in.
Ultimately, people remember Kirsten Dunst for bringing Mary Jane Watson to life on the big screen, and the movies didn't suffer from her lack of perfect teeth or her personal opinions on stunt work. Just don't ask her what she thinks about Tom Holland's Spider-Man movies...