TOWN & COUNTRY
About The Production
married couples who are faced with a series of unexpected and hilarious
encounters proved particularly appealing for the well-known stars of Town
& Country. All liked the idea of exploring the issues of love and
fidelity, an area on which almost everyone has an opinion, with an all-star
group of actors, many of whom have worked together before.
"I wanted to work
with Peter Chelsom and, of course, Warren Beatty," said Diane Keaton about
her reasons for doing the picture. "But I also liked the idea of doing
something about marriage, which I find utterly fascinating. Of course, I've
never been married," the actress joked. "But now, after doing this, I
know I never want to be married!"
In the film, Beatty and
Keaton play Porter and Ellie Stoddard, an extremely wealthy, long married
couple, both of whom have successful careers. But after celebrating their
twenty-fifth wedding anniversary in Paris with their best friends, Mona and
Griffin, played by Goldie Hawn and Garry Shandling, it becomes clear something
is wrong. When Mona suddenly catches her husband at a motel in the midst of an
affair, it sets into motion a series of events that bring into question the
whole idea of love, marriage and commitment and the differences between men and
women on that score.
"I liked the idea
of making a story about a man who had a seemingly perfect and happy
marriage," director Chelsom notes. "But the film is about a serious
glitch in a marriage. It's as if the characters played by Warren, Diane, Goldie
and Garry catch a fever and go crazy for a couple of months and then settle. But
they come out all the better for it."
The original script by
veteran screenwriter Michael Laughlin (Strange Behavior) first caught the
interest of producer Fred Roos (The Godfather Part II, The
Conversation, Apocalypse Now). Soon after, producer Andrew Karsch
came on board, followed by Warren Beatty.
"I thought it was
a very witty and smart script that takes place in an interesting setting, the
world of the rich, wealthy and waspy," noted Roos. Producer Karsch, whose
credits include The Prince of Tides and The Rachel Papers, quickly
concurred. "I think intimacy is a tough proposition these days with people
everywhere. There seems to be a sense that the grass is always greener, but just
accepting what you have and realizing that your choices were, in fact, great
going in...that's something that can take you a long way."
After reading the
script, the producers realized casting the right actor to play Porter was key to
making the film work. Their initial list was limited to just one person - Warren
Beatty. "Warren Beatty is dream casting for a movie like this," Karsch
admits. "I just think he brings intelligence to whatever he does and today,
if you want someone who's really bright and humorous and empathetic, it's
Director Chelsom came
onboard after Beatty was cast and was particularly drawn to working with him.
Aside from Beatty's legendary stature in the business (he has personally been
nominated for 14 Oscars, winning a best director Oscar for Reds), Chelsom
was especially excited about working with him in a comedy.
"I think Warren is
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