Kirsten Dunst: Ready to Go Wild For “Bachelorette”
The actress was ready to reclaim her comedy cred after “Melancholia.”
Kirsten Dunst was desperately serious about getting silly again.
The 30-year-old actress got deep, dark and disturbed for her last film “Melancholia” – director Lars von Trier’s broody, sci-fi exploration of depression – and earned the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actress Award for her risky performance. But after waiting for the end of the world, Dunst was in major mood-lightening mode.
Thus she embraced the raunchy, raucous comedy “Bachelorette,” joining Isla Fisher and Lizzie Caplan in a wild-pre-wedding romp. The film’s already caught the wave of the current “ladies can be just as crass as the guys” zeitgeist, reaching the top VOD spot on iTunes before it’s even hit theaters. Dunst tells NBC exclusively about returning to her comedy roots, her first trip to a strip club and her thoughts after seeing the most recent Spider-Man film.
Were you looking for something fun to do, especially as a palette-cleanser after ‘Melancholia’?
After ‘Melancholia,’ I was like, ‘I want to be in a comedy! I want to have fun! I do not want to delve deep into my soul.’ So, I was looking for it, yeah, a comedy, and it’s hard sometimes because I did a lot of comedies when I was younger, but nobody saw me as that. They didn’t think of me as a comedy girl, so it wasn’t that easy to find, and then this came along and it was perfect. I met with Leslye [Headland, the writer-director] and hit it off with her, and even though this was her first movie, I just felt the energy that she would be a good director. She’s very strong and confident, and also very smart, so I wasn’t worried.
You do have a ton of comedies to your credit. How did you drift away from it?
It was more when I was younger. Maybe because as you get older, the roles – mostly in the bigger comedies – are smaller parts for women, because it’s usually a male comedy. So it’s usually playing, like, just the girlfriend, which isn’t fun.
Check out E!’s interview with Kiki and her Bachelorette co-stars at the red carpet premiere:
A couple of press interviews for Bachelorette have popped up online, and you can watch them below. Screencaps will be added in the next few days, so keep an eye on the Gallery if you’re interested in seeing them.
Decades in the making, the Francis Ford Coppola produced, Walter Salles directed “On The Road” finally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May to a mixed response. The adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel of a generation was never the easiest thing to bring to the screen, and our review by James Rocchi from the Croisette called it “lustrous but long winded.” And indeed, running nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes, this writer was definitely checking his watch during the film. Now as it heads to TIFF, it looks like Salles has hit the editing bay one more time for a new, slimmer cut.
IndieWire recently chatted with IFC Films honcho Jonathan Sehring, and he elaborated on what audiences in Toronto will see. “The response at Cannes was that some people loved it and some people were respectful of it, like some people loved the book. And Walter took a lot of that to heart. He’s gone back, and we’re unveiling a new cut in Toronto, which is about 15 minutes shorter. It’s a little over two hours now. He’s added certain things that weren’t in the cut that was in Cannes,” he explained. “He has been in New York and Rio and L.A. working on it the past couple of months, and it’s going to be very wet when it gets to Toronto. We’re locked, but they’re finishing the mix up right now. We’re very, very excited about it.”
It will be interesting to see what elements and moments get axed, shuffled and added to the movie, and certainly with an extensive cast featuring a number of actors in brief appearances, we wonder who might ultimately end up on the cutting room floor. If we were to take a wild stab in the dark, we’d wager that Alice Braga might be one who could get sliced out. She plays Terry (aka Bea Franco), a young Mexican woman Kerouac meets on his journey and exchanges letters with that he fictionalized in the novel, and her role is already quite small and a bit inconsequential in the film.
Whether this makes for a smoother, sharper “On The Road” remains to be seen. If anything, Salles has kept the ambling nature of the source material intact, though the cut we saw certainly could’ve used a bit of a pacing punch up, and this may do the trick. And as Sehring notes, it’s the kind of movie that will split audiences. “That novel and that whole Beat thing, people take it so personally. Either they passionately love it or they passionately hate it, and that’s one of the things that really attracted us [to the film] across the board, everyone in the company,” he said.
“On The Road” will play TIFF next month. No release date has been set yet for the film.
Here is the French trailer for Bachelorette!
As we posted about yesterday, Kiki was a guest on Chelsea Lately last night. If you’re in the US you can (re-)watch the interview below … if, like us, you’re not in the US, then we are doing our best to find a way for you to watch the show too and will post what we find here asap!
An official site for Bachelorette has now been opened, and you can find it at www.bachelorettemovie.com. Among the things on offer there is a new clip featuring Kirsten of the scene in which Becky tells Regan that she is engaged. Unfortunately there is no option for embedding, so head on over to the official site to watch it. Screencaps are in our Gallery:
Even celebrities have to learn to get dressed on a dime.
While Bachelorette boasts some high-wattage stars, the indie film was done on a relatively low budget. That doesn’t mean the actresses — Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan — skimped on their wardrobes, though.
“I actually asked Chanel to lend me a bag and a watch for the movie because [my character] Reagan’s very put together,” Dunst told PEOPLE Thursday at the Los Angeles premiere of the comedy, which hits theaters Sept. 7 and is currently available on iTunes and Video on Demand.
Because the film takes place predominately during the night before a wedding, most of the cast members were in the same outfits for much of the two-month shoot. For Dunst, that meant wearing a high-neck dress almost daily to reflect her character’s “type-A personality.”
“I always pay attention to what feels right for my character and she is a little tight,” Dunst said.
In contrast, Fisher’s party-girl character, Katie, required a quite different look.
“Katie is very trashy. She wears the shortest, tightest, trashiest thing that I could wear,” the star said of her super-sexy Dolce & Gabbana wardrobe. “They kindly dressed me for the movie — even down to my underwear. Those guys know how to make a woman look great.”
But sometimes, there is too much of a good thing — and that same rule applies to fashion.
“After wearing that dress for a month and a half I [never] wanted to see it again,” Fisher said. Dunst agreed. “Once you wear anything in a film,” she said, “by the time you’re done with it you want to burn it.”