FORCES OF NATURE
About the Production
Producers Susan Arnold and Donna Arkoff Roth had teamed on offbeat comedies like "Benny and Joon" and "Grosse Point Blank
Producers Susan Arnold and Donna Arkoff Roth
had teamed on offbeat comedies like "Benny and Joon"
and "Grosse Point Blank." However, when they read Marc
Lawrence's original screenplay "Forces of Nature," they
saw an opportunity to tackle two different kinds of comedy that
had always appealed to them.
"We had always wanted to do a romantic
comedy, Arnold offers, "and there's something so wonderful
about having people on the road-the same rules don't apply. you
do things you wouldn't normally do in your own little world-anything
can happen. Ben, this conservative. buttoned-down guy, is the
type who thinks he has everything planned. But on the way to his
wedding, he encounters incredible obstacles that keep him from
getting there, including a plane crash, a hurricane and the biggest
force of nature of all-this wildly spirited, fabulous girl who
both scares him and attracts him."
"Together, Ben and Sarah find themselves
in situations that would never happen in their regular lives...
certainly not in Ben's," Roth adds. "How you play the
hand you're dealt and get yourself out of these predicaments can
be very funny."
Completing the producing team is Ian Bryce,
who is no stranger to forces of nature, having produced "Twister"
and "Hard Rain," On the heels of completing work on
"Saving Private Ryan," Bryce notes. "I thought
the timing was right for me personally to do a comedy. Even though
this particular comedy has hurricane effects and other things
that are more my background, it was really great to do something
a bit more lighthearted."
The choice of a director became clear after
the producers saw the directorial debut film of Bronwen Hughes,
"Harriet the Spy.', "We thought it was wonderful and
fresh," says Arnold. "Bronwen brought an amazing visual
sense to this movie. There is a unique twist to her approach to
life and to her work, which gave the film a very different slant
from most romantic comedies."
Bronwen Hughes offers that it was, in fact,
the unique twist of the script that first attracted her to the
project. "What I liked about the script was that just when
you think it's heading in a certain direction, it whips the rug
out from under you. I was also looking for scripts with a powerful
female lead, and when I read 'Forces of Nature,' I found in Sarah
a strong female heroine-flawed, but interesting, and just plain
To play this multi-faceted role, the filmmakers
had one name on top of the list of actresses they considered.
Arnold asserts, "From the beginning, we said that Sandra
Bullock would be incredible for the part of Sarah, but we all
thought it was a long shot at best."
To the filmmakers' delight, Sandra Bullock
loved the script and accepted the role. "I liked that it
had some punch to it., some surprises. It's unpredictable, I also
loved that they thought of me for this role, which isn't really
like anything I've done before," Bullock states. "Sarah
is wildly free-spirited, which can be very infectious. She's either
a little crazy or she just doesn't have that gene that helps you
not embarrass yourself. Then, when you get close, you discover
that it all comes from a tremendous amount
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