THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION
Nicholas Hytner directs THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, a contemporary
romantic comedy/drama that pushes the tender lines between love,
sex and friendship. Produced by Laurence Mark, the script is written
by Wendy Wasserstein, based upon the novel by Stephen McCauley.
Also in the cast are Nigel Hawthorne, Alan Alda, Allison Janney
and newcomer Amo Gulinello. Diana Pokorny is coproducer,
Oliver Stapleton is the director of photography, Jane Musky is
the production designer and Tariq Anwar is the editor.
THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION provided the opportunity for director
Nicholas Hytner to delve into some issues which had long interested
him. "What kind of love underpins a permanent relationship?"
asks Hytner. "How dependent is it on sexual passion? Since
most successful marriages mature into intense romantic friendships,
is it possible to build a marriage without sexual foundations?
Isn't friendship alone enough? These are the kind of questions
we wanted to explore."
Jennifer Aniston portrays Nina, whose unrequited love for her
roommate leads to a tricky dilemma. Aniston, one of the popular
stars of the hit television series "Friends," has appeared
in several feature films including "She's the One,"
"'Til There Was You" and "Picture Perfect,"
the latter of which marked her first starring role.
Paul Rudd, who starred opposite Alicia Silverstone in the 1996
hit film "Clueless," plays George Hanson, the gay man
who moves in with Nina while nursing a broken heart, and who soon
becomes her best friend.
Nigel Hawthorne, who was Oscarnominated for his starring
role in Nicholas Hytner's "The Madness of King George,"
portrays Rodney, an acerbic theatre critic; Alan Alda has the
role of Sidney, a successful literary agent who courts celebrities,
and Allison Janney is Constance, his matchmaking wife.
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