Kirsten Dunst said pay gap on 'Spider-Man' was 'extreme'

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Kirsten Dunst has revealed that she was paid considerably less than Tobey Magure for the Spider-Man trilogy.

In an interview with The Independent, Dunst said that despite landing the role of love interest Mary Jane Watson, she felt her compensation wasn't reflective of her co-star's success.

Dunst made her Mary Jane debut opposite Maguire in the title role in Sam Rami’s Spider-Man in 2002, followed by Spider-Man 2 in 2004, and Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

"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.
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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.
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"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.

It comes as Dunst revealed she's open to returning to the Spider-Man franchise to reprise her role as Mary Jane.

Speaking to Variety, she said: "I would do it. Why not? That would be fun. I would never say no to something like that. I'd be old MJ at this point with little Spidey babies."

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