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THE MOVIE: How to Lose a Guy
in 10 Days

THE STARS:
Kate Hudson • Matthew McConaughey
DIRECTOR: Donald Petrie

Keep hold THE CONCEPT:
Andie Anderson (Hudson) is a columnist about to write an article about all of the things that women do to inadvertently drive men away in 10 days. Benjamin Barry (McConaughey) has made a bet with his boss that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days – Andie and Benjamin unexpectedly meet in a bar – and their deceptive relationship begins.

U.S. RELEASE: February 7 2203, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

DONALD PETRIE:
“Everyone talks about Kate and Matthew’s chemistry – all the chemistry in the world over by the coffee table and the doughnuts isn’t going to help you unless you catch it on film. How do you bottle that, how do you get that on film? For me the comedy gets old after take three, it’s no longer funny, so I don’t rehearse up front. Even though I go in with a shot list and a plan, that’s backup. I go, ‘Come on, let’s play. Let’s see what we can bring to this scene.’ I’m looking for the actors to bring something to the party.”

KATE HUDSON on working with Matthew:
“When we met for the movie it was like immediate fun. We had a great time and I knew he was going to be so easy to work with. He reminded me of somebody I might have grown up with. He’s so crazy and easy. He’s totally insane in the best way.”

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY:
“Kate is adorable, man. I saw her in Almost Famous and thought that she was just divine in that role, and then we met and in about five minutes could tell that it was going to work for a film like this. She’s a bit of a hippie, but she still loves her blue ribbons. She’s very ambitious, very opinionated. She’s 23 years young, and still very much like a little girl but, at the same time, she’s got a lot of womanly traits and she’s very mature and savvy for her age.”

DONALD PETRIE:
“I think it’s going to be a challenge for us to get the guys into this movie, but what I’ve found is once they’re in the movie they really enjoy it, mainly because they can relate to it. For me when Kate’s character Andie goes to Ben (Matthew), ‘What are you thinking?’ I just want to cringe. For most guys in the audience, the squirm factor is huge when the Knicks basketball is on and Andie says, ‘Honey, will you get me a drink?’ Guys get physically uncomfortable in the theatre.”

KATE HUDSON on her advice for keeping a guy:
“I would say honesty. The problem a lot of women have is they think a lot of times they have to dress to impress and be mysterious and play the rule book and my thing is, I always think that if you are completely yourself and having a good time, you’ll find that guy. He’ll find you and that all comes with just being honest.”

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY:
“This film has such a great premise. It’s so simple, I don’t know why it hasn’t been done before. A girl writing an article, ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,’ who meets a guy who has a bet to get a woman. It’s a great set up. The thing that I really liked about this one, in particular for me, is a lot of times in romantic comedies, the guy’s role doesn’t have a finish line. He doesn’t have a goal. He’s usually the foil, and the girl is the hero. This guy has his own bet, and so it made it more of a two handed deal, and it also gave me a stance as an actor. The fun of the film is sitting there and watching these two people drive each other crazy.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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