Sorry to get all Us Weekly on you here, but I've always been fascinated by couples who act together, especially after the thrill is gone. How do they do it? In a recent interview, Sam Raimi discusses the real-life romance that blossomed between Spider-Man sweethearts Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst on the set of the first film. It seems Raimi was worried they might be lacking onscreen chemistry after their break-up. Having seen Spider-Man 3, I think he was right to be concerned, but Raimi disagrees, saying "I actually had some worries about that.. They apparently began dating with each other, I think, in the middle of the first movie ... although I didn't know it at the time ... but definitely they eventually broke up before the second movie. I was concerned they wouldn't get the same chemistry back, but it was just me worrying." Raimi was relieved there was no bad blood between the actors, and in fact thinks their affair might have strengthened their roles. "They really like each other, I think, very much. And that relationship probably just added to their ability to trust each other."
In the interview, Raimi also addresses the big emotions at play in the third Spidey adventure. "That's what I've always been attracted to [in Spider-Man], the contrast of the hero that is a human being ... he's filled with insecurities, constantly crying, constantly worrying. I feel the same way, you know...Just take away all the heroic parts of him. All the lame-whip parts of him -- that's me," says Raimi. "That's why I'm so interested in him as a role model." Oh, and if you saw Spider-Man 3 with a particularly harsh audience this weekend, you may have heard Raimi himself weeping in the back row. He says he is very insecure, and always goes to a local theater to see his movies in the company of a paying audience. "When they first open, I go out and I suffer through it, you know. It's a very educational experience."