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With Spade riding high on a wave of popularity fresh from a string of films and starring in the hit series "Just Shoot Me," the comic/actor began to search for a new feature project

With Spade riding high on a wave of popularity fresh from a string of films and starring in the hit series "Just Shoot Me," the comic/actor began to search for a new feature project.

Spade says, "A couple of friends of mine had an idea about a guy that resorts to borrowing a dog to get this girl. And then he pretends to help her look for it. And he doesn't tell her. Look, it's a rough world out there with the ladies and you gotta do what you gotta do."

Once Spade was approached by fellow comedian J. B.Cook and friend Marc Meeks with the idea, the three began to develop the script.

"In some of the earlier drafts, I thought, 'If I were Lila, I'd still go out with the other guy,'" admits Spade. "So we had to think of a lot of tricks to get her to like me." It took some time, and several drafts, until the script was complete.

Eventually, the project landed in the laps of producers Wayne Rice and Morrie Eisenman. Immediately seeing the potential of the film, as well as Spade's growing stardom, Rice and Eisenman jumped onboard.

The producers next brought the project to Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove at Alcon Entertainment for financing, who were big fans of Spade. "David is an amazing comedic talent," says Kosove. "This project brings him to a new level, which we haven't seen from him before." With the swelling success of Spade's television show, NBC's "Just Shoot Me," it seemed the right time to create a film vehicle for him.

With all of the other elements in place, the producers began the process of securing a director who could both direct comedians while allowing the actors to create the comedy. Jeff Pollack landed at the top of the producers' wish list.

"Jeff has a keen visual sense and is able to synthesize comedy into a well-modulated storyline," says Rice, adding, "He also really lets the actors bring their own ideas to the table."

Pollack agreed that, not only was Spade ready for a leading role in a feature film, this was the vehicle that would allow the actor to show a different side. He recalls, "I really wanted to be a part of this project because I felt that this movie could be a different and larger role for David Spade, who is such a talented and funny man."

"We were thrilled to get Jeff Pollack because he has a great history of working with comedic talent," says Andrew Kosove. "Even with a great script, this film would rest on the execution of the comedy, which Jeff had already proven he could guide, working with people like Will Smith and Jamie Foxx. Fortunately, Jeff and David shared a common vision for the project. They are so much in sync with each other."

"Jeff Pollack, God, I know that name -- oh, Jeffy, yeah, he really gets it," says Spade. "More importantly, he liked the script, and he thought I was the funniest. That's all I care about."

The next hurdle was completing the cast. Since the film is a romantic comedy, it was important to find actors that could both balance the comedy and prove realistic within the world they inhabit. An even bigger challenge, the script called for French characters.

"Our first choice for the role of Lila was Sophie Marceau, who is an amazing actress," recalls Pollack. "She is funny, she has a great sensitivity and she is just so beau

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