James Franco has opened up about his crush on Spider-Man co-star Kirsten Dunst, revealing it led to tense times on set between himself and her real-life boyfriend Tobey Maguire.
In a new Playboy interview with his Oz the Great & Powerful director Sam Raimi, who also took charge of Spider-Man, which featured Maguire and Franco as best friends, the actor takes the moviemaker to task for showering Maguire with attention and virtually ignoring him, and then confesses he had feelings for leading lady Dunst.
He says, "I felt you gave Tobey Maguire so much attention during Spider-Man because of your feelings for his character... that I didn't get as much of your love as he did...
"Tobey and Kirsten became a couple around that time. I had a crush on Kirsten, and I think I was upset about that as well... Tobey was mad at me for a while. By the second film, we were cool, but that's another reason I felt hurt, with you giving Tobey all the attention... You were the father who wouldn't give me the love I needed."
Raimi replies, "I didn't know that. Gee, that's just like the movie... and he (Maguire) was getting Kirsten, like the script said he should."