Kirsten Dunst has slammed the producers of the latest Spider-Man reboots, accusing them of “milking” the franchise for money.
The Hidden Figures star played Peter Parker’s love interest Mary Jane opposite Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi’s three films released in 2002, 2004 and 2007, but the cast was revamped for 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel, with Andrew Garfield as the webslinger.
Now, ahead of the latest big-screen Spider-Man release – Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as the titular character – Kirsten has shared her thoughts on the ongoing series with Marie Claire magazine.
“We made the best ones, so who cares?” she boasts. “I’m like, ‘You make it all you want’. They’re just milking that cow for money. It’s so obvious. You know what I mean?”
She also notes that the film business has changed considerably since Spider-Man made her a huge Hollywood star 15 years ago.
“You can get jobs based on your Instagram following these days,” she complains. “That’s insane.”
Yet she admits she has had to play along, for the sake of her career.
“That’s why I have it now,” she explains. “As a man, you could get away with not having it. As a woman in this industry, I think you gotta do it now. It’s just part of the game.”
Kirsten will be seen next in The Beguiled, out later this month (June17). The film won her pal Sofia Coppola the Best Director prize at last month’s (May17) Cannes Film Festival in France.