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GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST

Pay Attention, Kid
Escaping the ire of the wedding party for the peace and privacy of the guest bathroom, Conner is grateful for a minute to himself. He needs to take a breath and recalibrate his cool. This weekend is going to be tougher than he imagined.

Suddenly, between the sink and the…facilities, stands the ghost of Uncle Wayne. The idol of Connor's formative years, Wayne still looks as sharp as ever, if a little outdated. Portrayed by Michael Douglas, he is still the epitome of the fast-living playboy of a certain swinging era—complete with velvet jacket and artfully tied ascot at his open collar, not to mention the indoor shades and the requisite scotch and cigar.

Says Waters, "Michael Douglas struck the perfect note, giving the ol' scoundrel the kind of swagger that owns a room and a charm that makes you think he could get away with doing or saying pretty much anything. Wayne is a sentimental throwback; the eternal player, eternally cool. I felt Michael could make him likeable, just as I felt that Matthew could make Connor likeable even though they're two of the most politically incorrect roles in recent memory. They let you see the heart underneath. Although, I think in Wayne's case you'd have to look especially hard.”

Of course, Uncle Wayne is no longer the life of the party. He's been dead for five years. But he is crashing this wedding at his old bachelor pad in spirit form because he has a very important message for his #1 nephew, the boy who so admired him that he dedicated himself to being exactly like him. It's a message Connor would never expect and doesn't particularly want to hear: "Don't waste your life the way I did, kid.”

Douglas explains. "Uncle Wayne taught Connor everything bad he ever learned about relationships, which was, essentially, not to care for any woman, to just have a good time and move on. It was the way Wayne conducted his own life, but, at the time, it was also intended to protect Connor from getting his heart broken.

"Seeing Wayne now,” Douglas continues, "you get the sense that he didn't really want to end up the way he did. He realizes the mistakes he made in his life and is trying to save Connor from repeating them.” Consequently, he's trying to effect some retroactive parenting with this last-ditch effort to point him in a better direction. But he's going to need some powerful help, and he's smart enough to enlist that help in a form to which Connor is most likely to pay attention: female.

Previewing the tumultuous hours ahead, Uncle Wayne warns Connor that he is about to be dragged through the romantic wreckage of his life by the spirits of the women who know him best, representing his girlfriends of the past, the present and the potentially terrifying future, to see if he can earn a second chance at finding—and keeping—the love of his life.

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