The first Spider-Man movie, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, is celebrating its 20th anniversary!
The iconic movie was released on May 3, 2002, and was a great success. On the occasion of the movie’s anniversary, fans took a look back at some old interviews where the now 46-year-old actor chatted about the movie.
In one interview, Maguire talked about filming that iconic upside-down kiss scene with Kirsten Dunst, revealing he was “practically suffocating” while filming the scene.
As fans can remember, Mary Jane (Dunst) kisses an upside-down Spider-Man (Maguire) in the rain after he saved her from being attacked in a New York City alley.
“There was rain pouring down my nose … and then Kirsten pulls the mask up to [my nose] and it’s blocking the air passage there, so I couldn’t breathe,” Tobey shared in the interview, via The Hollywood Reporter. “And then she’s kissing me, blocking the air passage there, so there’s nowhere else to breathe.”
He went on to say that he had to take quick, short breaths out of the sides of his mouth while filming the scene.
“It was really tough, actually,” Tobey added. “It was really challenging. They’d yell cut, and I would be [gasping for air], totally out of breath. It was torture. It makes you realize how important oxygen is.”