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Tobey Maguire Interview
Dunst has had a long career already. But her first break came
as the vicious baby-faced 200 year-old vampire Claudia in Interview
With a Vampire (1994) when she was but eleven.
the bombshell is all about mixing indie films with blockbusters;
moxie and money. As Spider-Man’s M.J. she has become a
talks about her role in what the studio is saying is the finale
to the franchise Spider-Man 3 (which I suspect it will be like
the final Rolling Stone’s concert…three or four
start with what the fans really wanna know. Is this the end
of your experience with M.J., or do you see yourself doing 4-6?
is definitely the end to this trilogy. We’ve closed this
if Sam Raimi [director] decides to come back but Tobey Maguire
doesn’t, would you do Spider-Man 4?
because you think your M.J. should be with Tobey’s Spiderman?
Hands down, yes.
3, were will the audience find M.J. in her life here?
this one, they’re finally together and she is successful
in what she’s doing, and he’s been embraced by the
city of New York and getting all these accolades. It’s
blown his head up a little bit. Slowly, we start to unravel
Mary Jane, their relationship—they’re already ignoring
things within that—it doesn’t help that he takes
on this other darkness that envelopes his character, and brings
out all the things he’s not dealing with in his life all
his anger really heightens that.
Do you think
M.J. ever goes “over the top?”
in fantastical situations, but I hope I didn’t. Did I?
It gets sticky when you get to the blue-screen stuff; I just
forgive myself for bad acting when it comes to those things.
If I’m good in that, it’s just incredible, because
those things are hard to do. I had no idea what was going to
be in the film. And some of those lines are hard to pull off
has M.J. become? How different is Kristen doing six years of
for me, I think on the first movie I was so much younger, impressionable
and insecure so I didn’t have the confidence that I have
as an actress today. I cared what people thought and I was performing
more for other people instead of myself. We’ve grown up.
career is spiraling while Peter’s is taking off. Have
you seen that in Hollywood?
always been supportive of whoever I’m with in their job
and I’ve never felt threatened. I can understand when
the other person doesn’t make you as confident in yourself.
It has to do with how you feel about yourself.
Why is Spider-Man
know why: we never rested on our laurels. We are all passionate
for this franchise. Of course, it’s about box office for
the studio at the end of the day, but we don’t want to
produce just to produce.
the public respond?
is every man. If he can be a hero, you can be a hero. It’s
always had very relatable story lines in this fantastical world,
yet Sam manages to ground it with the people he’s cast.
That’s always attracted interesting actors to play our
villains. It’s an international story. Who can’t
relate to falling in love? Getting into fights with your best
friend? Or feeling like your work is killing you? That’s
pining for a super hero role of your own?
I have absolutely no interest in being a superhero. I got to
throw a cinderblock in this one, which was fine. That’s
enough action for me. If I were to do any superhero-esque film,
I’d do some werewolf, avant-garde in-the-streets-of Paris
or something. Remember that movie with the vampire.
the Barbarella remake?
(laughs) I don’t want to wear that outfit. I don’t
want to even think about wearing a bikini through an entire
anything in real life you do for action or thrills?
love to travel and going to new places. I like going to Sunday
night dinner. I’m not an extreme sports person.
out that fan in you?
Mitchell. But I wouldn’t scream in her face. Diane Keaton,
Meryl Streep. Barack Obama, I’ve got a real crush on him.
you like about Barack?
such a dashing … I love that he lays it on the table.
He wrote a book, here you go. He’s everything you want
a president to be, I think.
some role you want to do?
I really want to make a Roman Polanski-esque “Repulsion”
or “Rosemary’s Baby.” But there’s nobody
making those movies. If I had one dream director it would be
Ever a time
when the acting became a different thing for you?
I was younger I worked with an acting coach, but how else are
you going to do “Interview with the Vampire?” You
can’t do that on instincts. He helped me make things seem
different and seem OK when maybe they were scarier to do. I
was up for it. I wanted to do it at that age. I enjoyed it;
I had a great time on that film but then I definitely have had
transitions in my life where not every child actress becomes
an adult actor.. Virgin Suicides was big for me because it showed
me in a light where I was a young girl having these other emotions,
not just being the cute kid. Sofia [Coppola] did that in such
a poetic way that that opened many doors for me. Marie Antoinette
was huge for me. Acting has changed for me. My barometer has
changed for what I want to do, who I want to work with. You
spend a lot of time with people working on films. I want to
work with good people who I can learn from who are nice people.
There are so many different personalities in this business.
celebrity make it difficult for guys to ask you out on a date?
completely. I’d stay away from somebody (who’s a
celebrity). Who wants to be part of that with the pictures.
I live a normal life but occasionally there’s stuff that’s
not so fun to deal with. Then that person’s not meant
for me. I need somebody who can deal with all the aspects of
who I am.
self-confidence you’ve gained in making the Spider-Man
films helped you assert yourself in other films?
film didn’t give me self-confidence. I gave myself self-confidence.
I worked on myself as a human being. Films, money, all those
things give you nothing; you’ve got to give it to yourself.
I worked on myself.
If you have
a problem, do you speak up?
I’m very opinionated. (She laughs.)
going to play Debbie Harry?
but it’s too early to talk about it.
Tobey Maguire Interview