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SERVING SARA

About The Production
Producer Dan Halsted. who previously produced Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday" and Sofia Coppola's directorial debut. "The Virgin Suicides," was looking for a lighthearted project when happily he was "served" up "Serving Sara."

"When I read the script. I was instantly excited about doing a comedy," says Halsted, who brought the project to Mandalay Pictures. "And Reggie Hudlin was clearly the very best choice for our director. He has a great sense for this kind of comedy, and after he did ‘Boomerang' with Eddie Murphy, he had a terrific model for the film."

Winner of the 1990 Sundance Film Festival's Filmmaker's Trophy award for his broad comedy "House Party," Reginald Hudlin was equally enthusiastic about doing the film. "‘Serving Sara' is one of the best scripts I've read in years," says Hudlin. "I love directing people who should be together, but who keep running into circumstances that drives them apart."

Besides this playful romantic angle of the film, Hudlin also liked the combination of comedy and action that "Serving Sara" has to offer. "I got to demolish more things than I ever have before," laughs Hudlin. "We have car crashes and monster truck rallies— it was lots of fun!"

In casting the two starring roles, the director says he was most impressed by Matthew Perry's comedic timing, and Elizabeth Hurley's stunning looks, as well as her clever, bright attitude. "It was a perfect pairing," says Hudlin. "Matthew is a funny, charming guy and Elizabeth brings an intelligence and warmth. They're whom you want in a comedy -- two really good-looking, funny people."

Well-established in the public eye as a core cast member of the Emmy-winning series "Friends," Matthew Perry is quickly making a name for himself as an actor on the big screen as well. He says he was drawn to the role of Joe Tyler because it represented a transition for him as not just a comedic actor, but one who could also handle some true dramatic moments.

"Joe is a really well-rounded character," says Perry, who met with several process servers to research the role. "One minute he's a tough New Yorker and the next he's a nerdy guy. To get where he needs to go and do what he needs to do, he creates different characters. Playing such an inventive guy was fun. It's also a great script, and the scenes really run the gamut -- from some pretty insane stuff with a bull to a wild ride down a luggage shoot. It was all a great time."

Perry's object of pursuit is played by Elizabeth Hurley. Known in the world of glamour, Hurley says that "chasing about in some extremely unglamorous situations" was great fun.

"The premise of having an English girl in the middle of a cattle ranch out in Texas just made me laugh," adds Burley. "Right when I read the script I knew that it would work well for me. It's quite a lively part and the whole film is a good comedy romp.

Director Hudlin recalls that after meeting with Hurley to discuss the script, she had an interesting perspective about how her character, an Englishwoman, ended up with a Texan.

"Elizabeth called to my attention that, for many English

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