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
"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 â€˜Boomerang' with Eddie Murphy, he had a terrific model for the
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.
"â€˜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
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
"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
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.
to my attention that, for many English
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