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October 13th, 2006 10:20am EDT
Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst turned down a role in American Beauty because she couldn't bear the thought of kissing Kevin Spacey. The actress was originally tipped to play the teenager lusted after by Spacey, but was so against the idea of sharing a steamy scene with him she passed.

Dunst, 24, told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "I was only 15 then, and I didn't want to kiss Kevin Spacey or be seen lying naked in those rose petals."

Mena Suvari later landed the role of teenage temptress Angela Hayes in the 1999 film which went on to win five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Spacey. Dunst's big break came when she starred in Interview with the Vampire alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The movie featured a scene in which an 11-year-old Kirsten had to kiss Brad Pitt, who was 29.

Meanwhile, the actress says she understands why her new film Marie Antoinette was booed at the Cannes Film Festival in May. She said: "I didn't take it to heart. How would Americans feel about the French doing a movie about George Washington with French actors?"