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GOOD LUCK CHUCK

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Most single men would probably call Charlie, the titular hero in Lionsgate's comedy GOOD LUCK CHUCK, a blessed man. A "good luck charm” who miraculously helps women find true love with the next man they sleep with, Charlie can't get through the day without relationship-obsessed women throwing themselves at his feet. "At first it seems fantastic,” says comedian and film actor Dane Cook, who stars as the lovelorn dentist. "He gets to play the field with no strings attached and he doesn't even have to try.” 

But things change when Charlie meets the girl of his dreams: Cam, a cute, hopelessly klutzy penguin specialist. All Charlie wants is to be with her; but he knows if he sleeps with her, he'll lose her. "The sexual tension is huge, and he's got to be the one who backs away from her, which leaves her wondering why,” explains Cook. "It's like the most painful, film-length foreplay ever.” If that weren't enough, Charlie has to find a way to break the curse that was placed on him when he was only ten years old, grapple with bad advice from his sexed-obsessed best friend, Stu, and navigate a journey marked by malicious penguins, the most disgusting one-night stand ever, and lots and lots of sex. 

Says Cook, "I believe we are making a very funny film with a high comedy quotient. We've got three or four major moments that people are going to be talking about long after they leave the theater.” Adds co-star Dan Fogler, who plays Charlie's buddy Stu, "This movie is truly hysterical. It pushes the R-rated envelope.”

It all sounds like the high-concept creation of a Hollywood screenwriter, but GOOD LUCK CHUCK is actually inspired by the life of a real man named Steve Glenn. Seven years ago, producer Mike Karz attended a party in Los Angeles with wife and co-producer, Cece Karz. They were catching up with Glenn and another friend, associate producer Karen Russell, hearing about Glenn's romantic misadventures when he revealed that several women he had seriously dated met their ideal match soon after breaking up with him. "We decided it just seemed like the perfect idea for a great romantic comedy,” remembers Karz. He urged Steve to write a treatment, and later brought on screenwriter Josh Stolberg to pen a script.

Karz set up the project and partnered with Mark Helfrich, a highly regarded Hollywood film editor who was preparing to direct his first feature. Helfrich had a proven talent for comedy – he edited all three RUSH HOUR films – and his instinct was that GOOD LUCK CHUCK, which was originally conceived as a PG-13 film, would be far more successful as an R-rated comedy. He urged Stolberg to take another pass at the script and push it into more risqué territory. "There was so much potential that could be mined with an R-rated version,” says Helfrich. "The language we could use and what we could show was unlimited.”

Adds Karz, "The earlier drafts of the script aren't nearly as irreverent or edgy as the shooting script, and that was really Mark's influence. He helped make the movie a lot funnier than it was before.”

Both Karz and Helfrich believed that comedian and rising film star Dane Cook was the first and only choice to play Charlie. Arguably the most popular stand-up comedian of his generation, Cook has amassed an unprecedented following through constant touring, HBO television specials, and an increasingly busy acting career. "Dane Cook was a natural to play Charlie because he's handsome and funny – he's a star – but he's still got this very real, guy-next-door quality,” says Helfrich. "And he certainly has the comedy down. He was the perfect choice.”

Helfrich flew down to New Mexico to meet with Cook, who at the time was completing Lionsgate's comedy, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, with Jessica Simpson and Dax Shepard. After an encouraging meeting, both Cook and his manager, producer Brian Volk-Weiss, read the script. "I couldn't

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