Kirsten Dunst: “The salary disparity between Spider-Man and me was extreme”


Actor Tobey Maguire, who played the spider-man, reportedly received around $ 36 million for the first three adaptations of the comic book. Much more than Sofia Coppola’s favorite actress for her role as Mary Jane Watson.

Kirsten Dunst was barely twenty when she became Mary-Jane Watson, half of Peter Parker, played by Tobey Maguire in the first trilogy Spiderman . The early euphoria has given way to the harsh reality of wage inequalities. The actress has revealed to have been paid less than her male counterpart, without however revealing the sum. “The salary disparity between me and Spider-Man was very extreme. I didn’t even think about it. I was just like, “Oh, Tobey [Maguire] play Spider-Man. ” But do you know who was on the cover of the second Spider-Man poster? Spider-Man and IKirsten Dunst said in an interview with The Independent on November 13.

The salary disparity between Spider-Man and me was very extreme

Kirsten Dunst in an interview for The Independent, November 13.

This disparity in no way held back Kirsten Dunst from continuing her role for Spider-Man 2 and 3, last films of the Maguire era, released in theaters in 2004 then 2007. According to the estimates of Celebrity Net Worth, Tobey Maguire would have received respectively 4 million, 17.5 million and then 15 million dollars for each of the three adaptations of the comic book on the screen. He thus becomes the highest paid Spider-Man, surpassing his successors Andrew Garfield ($ 500,000 for The Amazing Spider-Man, $ 1 million for the second film) and Tom Holland ($ 3 million for Avengers: Infinity War , then $ 1.5 million for Spider-Man: Homecoming ).

$ 1 million difference on average

In 2019, three researchers at the university publish a study in the daily The Guardian . After peeling the salaries of 246 actors and actresses who appeared in 1,343 films between 1980 and 2015, they find that for the same film, men earn an average of $ 1.1 million more than their female partners. “The gap has been quite persistent, clarified Sofia Izquierdo, who worked on the project. It is almost the same in 2015 as in 1980. It shows no signs of improving“. To achieve this result, several variables were taken into account, such as the notoriety of the actors according to box office receipts, the awards won, as well as the popularity on Twitter. Removing these factors, the gap widened to $ 2.2 million. Equal pay is not for now, even among the wealthiest.

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