THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
About the Production
Perry, who is known worldwide as Chandler Bing in the popular TV show
"Friends," stars as Dr. Nicholas Oseransky ("Oz"), an
unassuming dentist and all-around nice guy whose life has become unlivable but
who has no easy way out of it. "He's kind of giving up on life," Perry
Bruce Willis, star of the highly acclaimed summer blockbuster "The Sixth
Sense," plays Jimmy "the Tulip" Tudeski, who moves in next door
to Oz in a peaceful Montreal suburb.
A man who has been headline news for ratting out the leader of the notorious
Gogolak Gang, Jimmy is hard to kill. "Jimmy doesn't kill people who are
close to him for one reason - he doesn't let anyone get close to him," says
Willis. "He would have morals if they didn't interfere with his job."
Oz takes an immediate liking to his neighbor and they become friends even
though he has recognized Jimmy as a hit man in hiding.
ROSANNA ARQUETTE plays Oz's wife, Sophie, who is simultaneously scheming to
collect the reward on Jimmy's head while also trying to find a hit man who will
agree to kill her husband so that she can collect
on his life insurance. "She's just one of the meanest people in the history
of film," says Perry. "But you can see why he fell for her in the
first place because, after all, she is a hottie."
AMANDA PEET stars as Jill, Oz's bubbly, sympathetic dental assistant.
"Jill has a lot of affection for Oz and can't believe such a nice guy could
be married to such a horrible woman," says Peet. "Then again, Jill
also has a pretty big secret she hasn't told Oz about, so she's no angel
Peet can currently be seen starring as Jack on the hit WB series "Jack
& Jill" and most recently starred in New Line's "Body Shots."
MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN, who previously appeared with Bruce Willis in
"Armageddon" and recently made a sensational impression in the Warner
Bros./Castle Rock drama "The Green Mile," stars as Franklin
"Frankie Figs" Figueroa, a Chicago hit man who draws Oz into the
Gogolak Gang inner circle. "Frankie came up through the ranks with Jimmy
the Tulip," Duncan says. "Frankie respects what Jimmy has done and
knows not to cross him. He's working for Janni Gogolak. His true loyalties are
with Jimmy, but he's also a hit man, so loyalty can take you only so far."
NATASHA HENSTRIDGE, who shot to prominence as the half-alien star of
"Species," stars as Jimmy's beautiful, estranged wife Cynthia, with
whom Oz finds himself falling hopelessly in love. Henstridge describes Cynthia
as someone who "grew up on the right side of the tracks. She went for the
boy who was a little more dangerous than she should have gotten involved with.
She's now living with the mobsters who are trying to track Jimmy down and also
living with the knowledge that Jimmy wants to kill her."
Oz has finally found something worth living for. To save Cynthia's life, Oz
embarks on a high risk gamble to outsmart Jimmy the Tulip and Janni Gogolak
(KEVIN POLLAK) with his Hungarian gang, and to keep Cynthia alive without having
to kill anyone in the process. Jimmy, meanwhile, has a new name for his hit
But he's willing to negotiate.
"It's an intriguing comedy that's full of twists and turns, and
surprises," says director Jonathan Lynn ("My Cousin Vinny").
David Willis and Allan Kaufman profess that putting together "The Whole
Nine Yards" was probably the quickest deal ever made. Returning from a
Planet Hollywood promotional trip in Dubai, Kaufman started to read the script,
which had been given to him by Mitchell Kapner, a long-time friend. Kaufman, who
went to the Planet Hollywood openings as the percussionist and the production
manager of Bruce Willis's band, soon a
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