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LAKE PLACID

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A thriller laced with caustic humor, LAKE PLACID springs from the imagination of writer-producer David E

A thriller laced with caustic humor, LAKE PLACID springs from the imagination of writer-producer David E. Kelley, whose prodigious work as the creator of "Ally McBeal," "The Practice," Ticket Fences" and "Chicago Hope" have earned him numerous awards. Kelley's fondness for offbeat characters, snappy dialogue and unexpected humor as seen in his television work are also evident in LAKE PLACID. In fact, his screenplay garnered him some new fans - the film's cast.

"When I first read the script," remembers Bridget Fonda. "I thought it was such a strange and wonderful concoction. David is like a fine chef; you don't always know what his Ingredients' are, but you know it tastes really good. He creates these funny and unusual characters whom you both hate and love at the same time."

Agrees Bill Pullman, who finds an unexpected parallel to the LAKE PLACID characters and another oftbeat cinematic quartet: "David's writing is very clever. LAKE PLACID deals with a bizarre premise - this crocodile that has no business being in Maine -and takes it even further. Kelly, Jack, Hector and Hank remind me of The Wizard of 0z, with this weird and wonderful mix of characters embarking on a strange journey."

Bringing Kelley's story to life is director Steve Miner, who helped create the Friday the 13 film series and recently directed the hit Halloween: H20. Miner's eclectic filmography, which also includes the romantic fantasy Forever Young and the family film Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, points to his versatility.

"I've always liked the mix of genres," Miner relates, "and David's screenplay brings several genres together. It's an eclectic mix of offbeat characters, genuinely scary moments and some really funny character comedy. It was an unbeatable combination for me.

Much of this character comedy comes from the relationships that develop when these four disparate people come together. As comfortable in the wilderness as any uptown New Yorker with manicured nails and a cell phone could be, Fonda, as Kelly Scott, relies on her caustic wit for protection, especially from the romantically charged vibes that soon develop between her and Jack.

"It's an oddly charged relationship," notes Fonda. "She hates Jack but at the same time finds him oddly appealing - and hates herself for that!" Says Bill Pullman: "Jack thinks Kelly is a pain in the butt. But they develop this kind of strange attraction for one another that surprises and angers them."

Mother unlikely - is Hector Cyr, an eccentric mythology professor, and Hank Keough, an irascible local sheriff; the two characters immediately butt heads, constantly exchanging barbs and nearly coming to blows on several occasions. Steve Miner sees their relationship as mirroring the Kelly-Jack dynamic. "It's really another love story we see in the film," Miner explains. "Hector and Keough have the same kind of bizarre mutual hate and attraction that the other two have. I think it's really fun to watch them all spar.

Oliver Plan portrays Hector, a renowned expert in crocodiles. While the rest of the team is roughing in army grade tents, Hector sets up a palatial suite, complete with a stereo system and a full bar. He may know his stuff but he's an overbearing nuisance to the man in charge, Jack Wells.

Plan was intrigued by the relationships between the four principal characters. 'T

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