Devoted admirers of Spider-Man are familiar with the iconic upside-down kissing moment in the first Spider-Man movie. However, inquire with thespian Kirsten Dunst, who portrayed Mary Jane, and she will recount a contrasting narrative. The thespian recently made an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, where she divulged that the experience of filming the scene was genuinely ‘miserable’. (Also read: Spider-Man 4 eyes autumn filming with Zendaya, Euphoria 3 delayed; Batman 2 update: Report)

Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire in the now-legendary kissing scene.

Kirsten’s Testimony

During the discussion on the program, when the host broached the topic of how distinctive the scene was in the movie, Kirsten revealed, “I recollect [the director] Sam Raimi presenting me with a compilation of renowned kisses to serve as inspiration, however, he genuinely aimed to make it extraordinary even though it was somewhat painful to perform.”

She proceeded to explain that Tobey encountered breathing difficulties during the scene due to being positioned upside down. “There was a downpour, it was freezing cold, Tobey struggled to breathe, almost as if I was resuscitating him,” she remarked. Nevertheless, she also expressed her enthusiasm about being part of such an iconic moment in her profession.

Further Insights

The kissing scene even clinched the Best Kiss accolade at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2003. The on-screen chemistry between Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire morphed into reality as the two initiated a relationship during filming. Their romance lasted slightly over a year before culminating in a breakup in 2002.

Subsequently, Kirsten has participated in a plethora of critically acclaimed films including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Marie Antoinette, All Good Things, Melancholia, and The Beguiled. She earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in The Power of the Dog.

Kirsten is preparing for the premiere of her forthcoming movie Civil War, slated to debut on April 12. The film premiered globally at the South by Southwest TV & Film Festival, amassing rave reviews.

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