Like most trophyfests, the MTV Movie Awards airing tonight at 9 pm/ET are a good excuse for celebs to turn up for a photo op and a public pat on the back. But backstage after the taping, the stars at this year's show actually made some unusual and rather amusing displays of humility. That included co-hosts Kirsten Dunst (Bring It On) and Saturday Night Live's Jimmy Fallon, who claimed they were stunned to be asked to emcee at all.
Fresh from onstage antics that include spoofing The Mummy Returns and verbally sparring with Britney Spears, Dunst revealed that she'd had initial jitters about doing comedy in front of a live audience. Recalled the actress: "My first reaction was, 'Oh, I don't know if I can do it! I don't know if I want to!' And then I found out Jimmy was co-hosting and I said, 'Thank the Lord. Thank God.'"
As for his own insecurities about hosting, Fallon joked: "My first question was, 'Why? I'm not even in a movie. I'm barely in Almost Famous.' So I was like, well as long as you don't do any big background [check] on me, I'll see if I can sneak in this one."
Nominees are usually tipped off about their victories prior to the big night to ensure that they'll actually show up and be prepared to say something amusing onstage, of course. (Witness best villain Jim Carrey's "telepathic" acceptance speech.) That's why we loved Traffic starlet Erika Christensen's genuine surprise at receiving the golden popcorn for breakthrough female performance (she played Michael Douglas's drug-addicted daughter). "I'm freakin' out," she said later. "I didn't think I was gonna win! I guess that was cool... because they got that one shot of the person who is just shocked. I thought Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) was gonna win, 'cause she's awesome."
A show of class on the network that brings us Jackass? Now that is a surprise.