HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS
About The Production
Exterior shots for "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
were shot entirely in New York, firmly placing it in one of the most romantic
cities in the world. Principal photography began in Greenwich Village,
highlighting familiar romantic spots such as the Staten Island Ferry, against
the backdrop of the famous New York skyline, and such atmospheric settings as
Madison Square Garden and the Manhattan Bridge.
The regal Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House in the
financial district was transformed into the Astor Museum of Art, scene of the
Warren Advertising Agency's lavish black-tie party. The Conde Naste building
at the famed intersection of 42nd and Broadway became home to Composure
Magazine, while a loft in Soho was chosen for Ben's home.
"New Yoik is absolutely one of the stars of this
picture," says producer Lynda Obst, a native New Yorker herself. "It's
like no other place on earth, and after September 11th it was thrilling to come
back to the city and see the restaurants renewed and people filled with vigor
again, determined to live the same life they have always enjoyed. That kind of
vitality runs throughout the entire film."
After the two-week shoot in New York, the cast and crew moved
to Canada to start filming the interiors, the most exciting of which was the
star-studded party full of extras dressed in shimmering gowns and glossy
tuxedos. In addition, $15,000,000 worth of Harry Winston diamond jewelry adorned
the principals and spilled over in large snifters and bowls. Because of their
high value, these shimmering props were guarded by security people who were
impossible to distinguish from the actors wearing earplugs and carrying
walkie-talkies portraying security people. The
dazzling scene was the gala kick-off to the diamond campaign hosted by Warren
Advertising. It was also where Andie and Ben discover the truth about their
While the scene was already a lot of fun to shoot, it really
became a treat for everyone when Marvin Hamlisch gave a spontaneous concert of
his original songs and Bebe Neuwirth and Robert Klein sung them.
"I walked onto the set and everyone was singing,"
remembers Obst. "It wasn't in the script and yet it was one of the most
spontaneous moments of movie magic I've ever witnessed."
One thing that was very planned, however, was the costuming,
and because the two main characters and most of the supporting cast worked
either in fashion or in advertising, their clothing had to reflect the
contemporary style of their professions. Costume designer Karen Patch, who
dressed the cast in "The Royal Tenenbaums," joined Lynda Obst and Kate
Hudson in Paris to research and shop, shop, shop.
"We practically devoured thrift stores that had all
kinds of fabulous designer clothing," remembers Patch. "Kate has an
amazing sense of style and a perfect body for most clothes. She looks great in
the new sleek, urban look and the dress she wears at the diamond gala is
designed around the 87-carat yellow diamond pendant that was created especially
for her by Harry Winston."
According to Patch, the other principal cast members weren't
exactly dressed like slouches either. "Bebe Neuwirth wears Chanel and a
regal diamond tiara, and Matthew McConaughey's tuxedo, made especially for him
by Brioni, is valued at $6,000."
Production designer Therese DePrez, who also designed "Hedwig
and the Angry Inch," found her greatest challenge in creating the set of Composure
Magazine. Prior to becoming a production designer, DePrez worked in
advertising as well as for a magazine, so she paid a
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