Kirsten Dunst said the pay gap between her and Tobey Maguire in ‘Spider-Man’ was ‘extreme’.. Kirsten Dunst shared that she was paid considerably less than Tobey Magure for director Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy.
In an interview published on November 13 with The Independent’s Alexandra Pollard, Dunst said that despite having top billing as love interest Mary Jane Watson, she felt her compensation wasn’t reflective of her costar’s success.
“The pay disparity between me and Spider-Man was very extreme,” Dunst told the outlet. “I didn’t even think about it. I was just like, ‘Oh yeah, Tobey [Maguire] is playing Spider-Man.'”
“But you know who was on the cover of the second Spider-Man poster?” she continued. “Spider-Man and ME.”
The specific amount the “Fargo” actress made for her work in the “Spider-Man” franchise is unknown. Representatives for Kirsten Dunst did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Tobey Maguire garnered $4 million starring as the titular superhero in the first film, then negotiated a salary of $17.5 million for the sequel, according to a 2007 article by Variety.
In 2017, Dunst talked to Variety about dealing with Hollywood’s gender pay gap saying, “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,” she told the outlet. “So yes, I experienced that.”
Dunst beat out other Hollywood lead actress to play Spider-Man’s love interest, Mary Jane. People reported that during a 2019 episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Bosworth shared how she “tanked” during her audition.
“She was perfect for [it],” Bosworth said about Dunst.
According to a 2000 article by The Guardian, Dunst also beat out actresses Mena Suvari and Alicia Witt.
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