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Marc Lawrence is no stranger to writing and directing romantic comedies, most notably Music and Lyrics and Two Weeks Notice. But it was while shooting those films that he was developing ideas for Did You Hear About The Morgans?, a story that would push his boundaries within the genre by covering new ground: marriage. 

"The idea first popped up 10 or 11 years ago,” says Lawrence. "It was a project I'd start and then put away, and I'd keep coming back to it. They say ‘write what you know,' and for me, the problem with that is I don't know anything. I never leave my apartment. The only thing I know about is marriage – I met my wife in college and I've been married a long, long time.”

But the Morgans' is not just any marriage. "It's a marriage in trouble,” notes Lawrence. "These two people have lost their connection specifically because of an infidelity, but the root of the problem is that they had grown apart.”

Hugh Grant, who plays Paul Morgan, sets the scene: "Paul is trying desperately to get Meryl back. And he takes her out for dinner, and on the way back from dinner they witness a murder. They become very important witnesses. The killer has seen them, so the FBI sends them into the witness protection scheme.”

Lawrence utilizes this fish-out-of-water scenario of the Witness Protection Program as an exciting new way to force the couple to face their issues in the wilds of Ray, Wyoming. "This high maintenance New York couple,” explains Grant, "are sent into the Witness Protection scheme in a tiny cowboy town in Wyoming, and that has interesting effects on their marriage.”

Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Meryl Morgan, notes that this premise for a romantic comedy stood out from her previous projects. "I liked its whimsy. I haven't played somebody like Meryl. I haven't played somebody in a marriage like hers.”

Their hosts and protectors in Wyoming are US Marshal Clay Wheeler, played by Sam Elliott, and his wife, Emma, played by Mary Steenburgen. Clay and Emma show Paul and Meryl how to survive in a small town without their assistants or careers, and, along the way, how to survive their marriage as well. "They're completely outside their comfort zone and they don't understand us and we don't understand them,” says Steenburgen. "But in the course of it they reconnect with each other, but also learn some lessons about marriage from watching Clay and Emma.”

Steenburgen says that the complementing couples helped bring out the humor in the script, "It's just a funny juxtaposition, watching these people try to understand each other,” she remarks. 

On top of trying to save their marriage, roughing it without modern conveniences isn't the worst of Paul and Meryl's problems. Hot on their trail is the hitman, Vincent, played by Michael Kelly, sent to finish the job and get rid of all witnesses. 

That might seem an outrageous setup, but Lawrence says, "It's just the way I process the world. When I sit down to write, I don't think, ‘Oh, I'm going to write a comedy.' I just have an idea – ‘I want to write a story about a marriage' – and this is what comes back out.”

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