HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS
About The Story
At its core, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" is a
metaphor for the games people play in their unconscious efforts to protect
themselves from genuine intimacy. Revolving around two very charismatic
individuals who look like they belong together but who are in a situation that
has disaster written all over it, the film is full of surprises.
As for the film's two main stars, Academy AwardÂ® nominee
and Golden Globe winner Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous") and Matthew
McConaughey ("Frailty," "The Wedding Planner"), the mix of
romance and comedy in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" appears to be
made for them.
"I thought the script was really special. It was clever
and even a little edgy, and I liked the way it turns dating on its head,"
says Hudson. "It was also wonderful having the chance to work with Matthew,
who is as sweet as he is handsome."
McConaughey has equal praise for his co-star as well as the
film. "I feel really lucky to be involved with a movie that is going to
touch so many hearts," says the actor, adding that he couldn't imagine
working opposite anyone other than Hudson. "Kate is unbelievably talented
and I think she brought out the best in me.
Director Donald Petrie says that besides the onscreen appeal
of the two main stars, what he finds most endearing about "How to Lose a
Guy in 10 Days" is its unpredictability.
"My initial barometer for a funny script is, did it make
me laugh out loud, and this one did," says Petrie. "It's filled with
flip-flops and unexpected curves which really make it stand out from other films
in the romantic comedy genre.
According to producer Lynda Obst, who has a number of
successful romantic comedies under her belt, including the multi-OscarÂ®, Golden
Globe-nominated "Sleepless in Seattle," what makes this film
particularly special is the delicate balance it has between witty dialogue and a
"Most films in this genre focus more on the potential
for love than on the humor, but this movie is unique in that it's equal/v
funny and romantic," says Obst, who points out that one of the
secrets to a great romantic comedy is that the audience understands that the
characters belong together way before they do.
"It's also very important to design characters that genuinely do
fit together," adds Obst, "and to make them real enough to
allow people to fantasize about themselves in the roles."
Based upon Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long's How to
Lose a Guy in 10 Days, the film, is a clever cautionary tale that
illustrates what not to do if you want to hang onto
a guy. Producer Christine Peters, president of the Robert Evans Company, who
discovered the book, says that from the moment she saw the book, she knew it
would make a great film.
"The book was adorable," recalls Peters. "It
reflected not only things I've gone through, but also what so many others
women and men have experienced through their own
trials with relationships. The film illustrates it all perfectly."
Peters' producing partner, Robert Evans, agrees. "This
movie captures my sentiments exactly any man who thinks he knows the mind of a
woman is a man who knows nothing, and any woman who thinks she knows the mind of
a man is absolutely right," quips Evans. "But seriously, it is indeed
rare to make a film that women and men will relate to equally, a film that opens
up relationships in a way never explored before with<
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