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MOVIE 43

"The Catch" as told by Peter Farrelly
The Catch
Directed by: Peter Farrelly
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet

As told by Director Peter Farrelly:

"The Catch" is about a woman, played by Kate Winslet, who's set up on a blind date with a guy (Hugh Jackman) who is, by all description, perfect.  He's talented, good-looking, successful, single.  Sort of too good to be true -- and it turns out is too good to be true.  He has one flaw that she never could have expected.  He's got a pair of nuts hanging off the bottom of his chin.

I love this kind of comedy of one person seeing something that nobody else in the room seems to notice -- kind of like the old "elephant in the living room" nobody is willing to talk about.  At one point, actually, we had it that he has this thing and everyone notices, that everybody in the restaurant's looking over, like, "What the hell's going on?"  And then we realized it's not funny if everybody is feeling the same way she's feeling, which takes away some of her uncomfortableness.  So we just thought, "Well, what if nobody acknowledges it at all?  What if she's the only one that sees this thing," or these things, I guess.  That was funny.

The script came to us from a writer that Charlie Wessler met with in London at the Soho House when he was gathering scripts.  It was originally called "Mr. Bollocks," which is British for. . . well, you know what it's for.  He wrote really funny stuff, but it was very English.  So we gave it to Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko, who became sort of our core writers on this movie, and they were able to Americanize it.

Hugh Jackman was actually the first actor signed on to do anything in MOVIE 43. Charlie Wessler had met him at a friend's wedding.  He also knew Kate Winslet's agent, Hylda Queally, who showed her the script, and then Kate agreed to do it. 

And then it became about schedule.  Kate was working on a movie, and Hugh was actually in a play with Daniel Craig on Broadway.  So eventually, when we did it, we did it in New York.  We shot the whole thing in a hotel - and Charlie and I stayed there.  We shot Kate's apartment there, and we shot the body of the short in the restaurant at the hotel - we never left the hotel.  With Hugh, we had to shoot him from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then he would literally get in the car and go to the theater to do this really complicated and dramatic two-man play.

The two of them were just great -- they both did whatever we asked.  I remember being how shocked at how off-color Kate Winslet was.  Her sense of humor is hilarious and shocking.  You just couldn't believe the things that would come out of her mouth!  Not what you would expect from Kate Winslet, that's for sure.

Tony Gardner, our effects makeup specialist, did just a great job on Hugh's. . . appliance.  And when Kate and Hugh first saw them, they couldn't believe their eyes.  They had figured it was just going to be some ridiculous-looking thing.  But they looked insanely good.  Every angle.  I love when they tighten up when it gets cold.  But you could walk right up close, get six inches away, and not see any flaws.  Hugh would walk into the room and you'd see these things, and you'd be, like, "You gotta be shitting me." But they were so impressive that, right away, Hugh and Kate knew this could be really funny, and it jazzed them up.

And their reactions to them are real.  They just played it straight.  Hugh was extremely authentic, just this warm, genuine guy with this thing hanging off his neck.  And Kate's reactions -- she wasn't trying to be funny.  She was acting exactly like she would if this had happened.  And that's the beauty of it.

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