Did You Know: The 'Spider-Man' Scene Where Peter Parker Catches MJ and Her Tray of Food Used No Special Effects?

Did You Know: The 'Spider-Man' Scene Where Peter Parker Catches MJ and Her Tray of Food Used No Special Effects?

Dec 08, 2011

So you remember that scene in the original 2002 Spider-Man where Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is sitting in his high school cafeteria when all of a sudden his hottie crush Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) walks by, accidentally slipping on some spilled orange juice, forcing her entire tray of food up into the air? Luckily, Parker -- using his quick, Spidey maneuvers -- is there to catch her, and her tray of food, one piece at a time. Well one thing you might not know about that scene is that no special effects were used to simulate Parker's ability to quickly catch all of her food on the tray.

Instead, Sam Raimi used a sticky substance to keep the tray firmly planted on Maguire's hand, then shot the scene several times until he finally managed to collect all of the food without dropping any of it. So MJ's excited reaction at the end of the completed scene is probably a touch more realistic, aided by the fact that Maguire finally completed the task at hand without any additional assistance, allowing them to move onto another scene.

Check out the final version below. Good form Peter.

[via IMDB, Reddit]

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