Sam Raimi On 'SpiderMan 2' Stars

Director Sam Raimi says stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have matured more in SpiderMan 2. "They're still young, or relatively young compared to me," Raimi told Sci-Fi Wire. "And so they're growing as human beings."

"I see Tobey as even more of a sensitive and mature young man than he was when I first met him," Raimi said. "He was always grounded, but he seems to have more of a presence of mind now than when I first knew him. And Kirsten is somehow blossoming from a teen, both in the movie and as a person, from a great teen actress into a real powerful 20-something actress who is now a young woman."

Spider-Man 2 is set two years after the first Spider-Man movie, and sees Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) as a successful actress who is engaged to astronaut John Jameson (Daniel Gillies). Peter feels he can't be with her and juggle his responsibilities as his heroic alter ego, Spider-Man.

"The character that Kirsten plays reflects a lot of these changes and her new concerns and her maturity," Raimi said. "She seems to be more a mature person. She was always very professional on the set, and I'm now referring to the character. The character of Mary Jane has grown, [too]. She no longer seems to be just chasing the cute guy or the guy with a lot of money, but now it's really fun trying to find a deeper sense of fulfillment in her relationships. In that way I think she's matured."

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