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Kirsten Dunst in the video for R.E.M.'s "We All Go Back to Where We Belong."

Kirsten Dunst Explains Her Expressions in R.E.M.‘s “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” Video

Michael Stipe sang a cappella to her behind the camera

Nov 07, 2011 R.E.M. Bookmark and Share

Kirsten Dunst, winner of the Best Actress award at Cannes earlier this year for her lead performance in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, is currently doing press for the film, which opens in limited release on Friday. Under the Radar took the opportunity to ask Dunst about her appearance in R.E.M.‘s Warhol-inspired video for “We All Go Back to Where We Belong,” directed by Michael Stipe and Dominic DeJoseph.

“Michaelmy bro, Michael,” Dunst begins, mocking the first-name familiarity. “He’s my neighbor in New York. And I’ve been an R.E.M. fan since I was a little girl. I would jump around to ‘Stand’ in front of the mirror. And, I’ve known him throughout the years, and he just casually asked me. I didn’t even know it was supposed to be their last video. And I was like, ‘Yeah, of course.’ He wanted to do it in the vein of an Andy Warhol screen test, and I sat there. We did three different takes, but the one take he used, he sang [“We All Go Back to Where We Belong”] a cappella to me. So, if I look embarrassed and giggling, it’s because I’m so overwhelmed that he’s singing to me. It was really special.”

Melancholia opens in select cities on Friday. It’s also currently available on VOD.


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