"Veronica/CVS" as told by Griffin Dunne
Directed by: Griffin Dunne
Cast: Emma Stone, Kieran Culkin
As told by director Griffin Dunne:
My oldest and closest friend, producer Charles Wessler, had the
brilliantly retro idea to make an anthology of short comedic movies
exclusively for theatrical release. He understood that as our attention
spans get shorter, the need for another classic like KENTUCKY FRIED
MOVIE only grows stronger. Also, having underestimated Charlie's taste
in material by turning down the part of Harry in DUMB AND DUMBER (in
fairness, so did Sinbad) I was willing to direct whatever filth he
asked me to.
Fortunately, he and partners John Penotti and Pete Farrelly, sent along
a charming little ditty called "Veronica" about star crossed lovers who
must say farewell for the last time. My two deeply gifted actors,
Keiran Culkin and Emma Stone, committed with their hearts and souls to
play the young couple. During rehearsals we watched the ending of
CASABLANCA so as to set the bar for the kind of emotions their scene
required. Though Humphrey Bogart never actually accused Ms. Bergman of
"blowing a hobo for magic beans", nor did Ms. Bergman ask Bogie if he
still "liked fingers in his butthole", I think you will agree that the
depth of feeling Emma and Kieran brought to their roles match
those iconic actors note for note. Seriously, how did Emma make a
single tear fall down her cheek take after take while saying such
outrageous lines? If a party of deaf people had visited the set that
night (and couldn't read lips) they would have thought we were making
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS. That's my favorite kind of comedy and they are my
favorite kind of actors.
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