THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION
Dance Lessons And Rehearsals
In addition to rehearsing with their fellow actors, Jennifer Aniston
and Paul Rudd had an ongoing schedule of dance lessons. Working
with Broadway choreographers Jerry Mitchell and his assistant,
Jodi Moccia, the instruction covered a wide range of ballroom
dance styles including the foxtrot, the tango and the waltz.
The results are seen in a wedding scene where George and a very
pregnant Nina move gracefully around the dance floor, impressing
the guests in attendance.
"It seems like in everything I've done so far, I've had to
take dancing lessons," laughs Rudd. "I danced in 'Clueless,'
albeit poorly. And I had dancing lessons for 'William Shakespeare's
Romeo + Juliet,' which I really enjoyed, because I took them from
the guy who choreographed 'Strictly Ballroom."'
Rehearsals commenced several weeks before the start of production,
and continued throughout the filming. The rehearsals and the shooting
itself were marked by Hytner's skill in working with actors. According
to Alan Alda, "Nick is a really fine director. The greatest
mark of his intelligence is that he's able to say what he means
with the simplest language. It's deceptively simple, but very
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