Dunst tells PopcornBiz that while filming the true-crime-inspired thriller “All Good Things,” she and the “Saturday Night Live” comedienne shook off the darkness of the pitch-black story by targeting co-star Ryan Golsing’s dog for their own true-crime kidnapping scheme.
“Once we abducted Ryan’s dog and dressed him up and shot a bunch of pictures, and sent them back to Ryan over e-mail with all these weird messages from his dog,” laughs Dunst. “I had the best time with her. It was a relief, because it was such a heavy movie, so to have her around was really, really fun.”
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In the film, Dunst plays a character directly inspired by Kathleen McCormack, a woman who mysteriously vanished in the 1982, her disappearance and presumed death long suspected to be caused by her allegedly mentally unstable husband, New York real estate scion Robert Durst, played in fictionalized form in the film by Gosling (Wiig plays her supportive gal pal).
After a two-year hiatus from the screen, Dunst tackled the role from every angle, including spending time with the real McCormack’s family, to better paint a portrait of why the beautiful and promising young woman was not able to escape the pull toward her husband after their relationship took a dark turn.
“I think every woman goes through the relationship where she’s with the guy that’s really not right for her and you kind of get lost in it,” says Dunst. “But I think that I’d never gotten to that point of enmeshment that I couldn’t see my way out of it.”
The actress is pleased to be back to work but not following any specifically charted comeback course. “I don’t have any plan. I’m not very ‘I only want to do serious films,’ or something like that,” she says. “We shot ‘All Good Things’ two years ago. In those two years, I waited for a year, I just read scripts and waited, then I took ‘Upside Down’ last spring, then I had a couple of months off in the summer, then I did Lars von Trier’s movie [‘Melencholia’] for two months, then I’ve had off since like September.”
She’s about to film the adaptation of the Beat Generation’s most iconic novel, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. “I’m playing Carolyn Cassady, the role that’s Camille in the book,” she says. “I was a fan of On the Road, but mostly because I had a crush on a guy when I was 15 or 16, so I read the book. It’s so poetic, the way it’s written, but it’s definitely more of a masculine connection, I think, for a reader. I was more of a Sylvia Plath –Female roles in On the Road were smaller than the books that I’m usually interested in.”