Kirsten Dunst Says Shooting Upside-Down Kiss in ‘Spider-Man’ was “Miserable”

Kirsten Dunst has shared her candid thoughts on the iconic upside-down kiss scene from ‘Spider-Man,’ describing it as a rather “miserable” experience.

Dunst famously portrayed Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi’s trilogy of ‘Spider-Man’ films alongside Tobey Maguire: ‘Spider-Man’ (2002), ‘Spider-Man 2’ (2004) and ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007). Reflecting on the scene where her character shares a rain-soaked kiss with Spider-Man, Dunst recalled the challenges they faced during filming.

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Speaking on ITV’s ‘Jonathan Ross Show,’ Dunst reminisced: “I remember Sam Raimi giving me a book of famous kisses to be inspired, but also he really wanted to make it special, even though it was kind of miserable actually doing it. It was pouring with rain, freezing, Tobey couldn’t breathe so it was almost like I was resuscitating him.”

Maguire has previously discussed the difficulties of filming the scene, recalling how he felt “practically suffocating” during the shoot for the film’s 20th anniversary. “It was really tough, actually. It was really challenging. They’d yell cut, and I would be (gasping for air), totally out of breath. It was torture. It makes you realise how important oxygen is,” he said at the time.

Reflecting on these aspects of her experience, Dunst has expressed openness to returning to the franchise, particularly after Maguire’s return in 2021’s ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’

“There’s still time,” she said in early 2022. “I mean, listen, no one’s asked me about anything but I do think that … I mean, this multi-universe just keeps going on and on. I wouldn’t … I feel like that could happen.” With a willingness to reprise her role as MJ, Dunst has entertained the idea of portraying “an old MJ” with “little Spidey babies.”