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THE SWEETEST THING

About The Production
Mixing a girl road/buddy movie with a dose of slapstick humor and the search for the perfect man, The Sweetest Thing is not your typical romantic comedy. This wild combination, which sprang from the fertile comic mind of Nancy M. Pimental, began as the "Screenplay Without a Title Yet," which was making the rounds in Hollywood until it caught the eye of producer Cathy Konrad.

"It was really a great read... so energetic," recalls Konrad. "And yes, there are some very outrageous things that happen in this movie. To find such a fresh female perspective on the subject of men and relationships was exciting. Nancy's voice is very real and natural."

Roger Kumble, who directed Cruel Intentions, came in fairly early in the process. He read the script and immediately began pursuing the project as a director. "It was taking the genre of a romantic comedy and dumping it on its head," explains Kumble, "and that's what appealed to me about the film."

Kumble met with Konrad and Ricky Strauss, who was at Columbia Pictures at the time and became the executive producer on the project. "His passion for the material, his suggestions and his ideas about how to translate what was written were what got us so excited about Roger," explains Konrad. "Sometimes, a male point of view is a good thing."

The role of Christina Walters was the first one to be cast. "When we submitted the script to Cameron, it was this cross-your-fingers-and-wait situation," says Konrad. "Then one day I got the call from Ricky. I was driving on the freeway, and he said, You'd better be sitting down.' I said, Well, I'm sitting down, but I'm driving.' He said, 'You might want to pull over.' He waited a second and said, 'She wants to be in the movie.' It's such a great moment when you get an actor or actress attached to your material. It means it's going to happen. It makes everything real."

"I think every third generation has an actress like Cameron Diaz— someone who is beautiful and is also incredibly gifted with comic timing," says Kumble, who compares Diaz with the likes of Carole Lombard and Goldie Hawn. "Cameron is their heir apparent, and she's a pleasure to work with."

When casting for Courtney, Christina's best friend, "Cameron really wanted to feel a true 'best friend' connection," says Konrad. "Christina and Courtney are in every scene of the movie together. That energy of friendship had to come through."

"When Christina Applegate came in and read with Cameron, they had so much fun," says Kumble. "They were doing improv, trying different things that friends would do. You could really see that connection happening."

"Christina Applegate has perfect comedic timing, and she's so witty and quick," explains Diaz. "She is just constantly coming up with great moments, just grabbing them out of the air. She is such a great actress."

"I think we get everything that we really need from our female relationships," says Christina Applegate, "and those are just the kinds of relationships that I thought of when I read the screenplay. I looked at the script and thought, 'Oh, my God, that's me and all of my girlfriends.' It is just so real. It's great with Cameron and I being able to finish each other's sentences and just knowing what she is feeling and playing off of that."

And then there is Selma Blair for the role of Jane Bums. "She was a harder part to cast, because— well, let's just say a lot happens to Jane Bums," says Konrad. "And so whoever was going to be Jane had to be fearless, not be ashamed to try anything. Our answer was Selma Blair. She's a fearless girl, and she's wonderful."

Kumble, who had directed Blair previously in Cruel Intentions, says, "I knew that she would be the right person to play

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