‘Fargo’ Star Kirsten Dunst Slams Studio Movies: ‘Creativity Is Suffocated by Money’

“The movie industry is in a weird place … the creative people are blossoming on television,” actress says


Kirsten Dunst says the best opportunities for creative people in Hollywood today are on television, rather than in films.

“People don’t go to the cinema unless it’s an event any more,” the actress said in an interview published Sunday by the U.K.’s Guardian. “The movie industry is in a weird place, for sure, and the creative people are blossoming on television.”

Dunst is currently filming the second season of FX series “Fargo,” which is loosely based on the 1996 film of the same name from the Coen brothers. This season’s premiere is Monday, Oct. 12.

“There are just too many movies being made,” she said. “So many of them get lost. Too many cooks in the kitchen — the studio’s editing it, the producers are editing it, the director’s editing, too. But everyone has their hand in it, so whose movie is it at the end of the day?”

The results, Dunst says, are too “homogenized,” in which creativity is suffocated by money.

“People don’t need all the money they’re using. That’s the other thing: when you have too much time, too much money, the creative starts to slip away. It just does.”

Dunst began her showbiz career at the age six with a role in Woody Allen‘s 1989 short film “Oedipus Wrecks” for the anthology film “New York Stories.” At the age of 12, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. In 2002 she appeared in the first of three “Spider-Man” movies as Mary Joe Watson, the superhero’s girlfriend.

She has since appeared in several films including “Wimbledon,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “On the Road” and Lars Van Trier’s “Melancholia.” She landed her gig as housewife Peggy Blomquist in “Fargo” after appearing as a guest on the TV series “Portlandia.”