Andy Tennant had been looking to explore new territory on screen when he was given an early draft of the script "Fool's Gold," by John Claflin & Daniel Zelman. "I read the material and I thought it had really good bones, no pun intended, and was a golden opportunity to make a really big, fun movie with all the elements I would want to see in an adventure comedy," Tennant recalls. "I felt I could bring a lot to it, so I embarked on a seven-month rewrite during which time, I admit, I became a little obsessed. I did quite a bit of research into the legend of the Queen's Dowry, things that have happened with real treasure hunters and what they've found."
Producer Bernie Goldmann offers, "When I read the script, I thought it was a great concept for a romantic adventure movie. I have always found Andy's movies to be highly entertaining, so I sent the script to him. I knew it would be a great fit."
Producer Donald De Line adds, "You look at the body of his work and, obviously, Andy is wonderful with comedy. He's got an incredible instinct for where the humor and the heart is and has great affection for his characters. I knew that what he does so brilliantly with relationships combined with a great adventure story would make for a really fresh take on a romantic action comedy."
Tennant notes, "I think part of the reason I was attracted to this particular story is that the treasure hunt is not only about the money. It's about this couple who fell in love over a shared passion for research and discovery. But in the real world maybe that wasn't enough, so when we meet them they are on the brink of a divorce. For them, the treasure may be finding a way back to each other. That, to me, was fun."
To play the lead roles of Ben "Finn" Finnegan and his now ex-wife, Tess, the filmmakers reteamed Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, whose proven chemistry had already won the hearts of moviegoers in the 2003 hit "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."
"It was great to come into this and already have that comfort zone with Matthew," states Hudson. "I have a total soft spot for him. He's so endearing; there's really not a mean bone in his body. We can goof around and have a great time, but we also know how to push each other's buttons perfectly. We both have a little bit of a competitive nature and throw little jabs at each other, which suited our characters and the dynamic of their relationship."
"Kate and I fight and flirt really well," McConaughey smiles. "Chemistry is more about what goes on between the lines than what goes on during the lines and, for whatever reason, it seems to work between us. Kate has a special sparkle that's very easy to be attracted to. She's also very sharp with great comedic timing, so it keeps the comedy buoyant, but with a little edge to it."
"We needed a couple that could spar; they had to be equally balanced so you'd know that each could give as good as he or she got," Tennant remarks. "Matthew and Kate are both so talented and they embraced their characters so completely, there was an immediate spark. And because of their previous collaboration, the audience has sort of seen what they're like when they fall in love, so we could skip right over the marriage and go right to the divorce," he laughs.
In fact, the story begins on the very day that their divorce is to become final. But while Tess is an emotional wreck convincing herself that she's doing the right thing, Finn is dealing with a wreck of a different kind. Underwater and oblivious to the disaster developing on the surface, Finn has managed to sink his boat and, with it, any hope of making it back to town in time to try and stop Tess from ending their marriage once and for all. But out of the disaster, a shard of hope emerges--a piece of a plate that proves he is closer than ever to finding the Queen's Dowry, an untold fortune in gold and jewels that has mystified treasure hunters fo
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