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THE MOVIE: Alex & Emma

THE STARS:
Kate Hudson • Luke Wilson
DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner

Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson THE CONCEPT:
A gambling debt forces writer (Luke Wilson) to finish his romantic novel in 30 days. He hires a stenographer (Kate Hudson) to assist him, and her constant opinions of his manuscript change and color his love story to a point where real life begins to imitate art.

U.S. RELEASE: June 20 2003, Nationwide • Rated: tba

THE COMMENTS:

ROB REINER:
“What attracted me to this was the process of writing and how I have gone about doing the work in my films, which is to take what’s happening in your real life, and let that inform the work and many times the work can then inform your own life.”

KATE HUDSON (Emma) on the fact that she plays Emma, the stenographer, and four characters in the novel that’s being written:
“It was fun for me. I mean, how many times do you get to play five different characters in one movie? So I jumped at the opportunity. I lost myself every time that I played Elsa [the maid]. I just loved the German so much. I could have done the whole movie as Elsa.”

LUKE WILSON (Alex):
“In this movie I had more dialogue than I’d ever had before, dictating the novel. People say, ‘How do you remember all of those lines,’ and they don’t know that you spend a whole day on half a page. It’s not like a play where you have to get it all down.”

REINER on the movie being compared with When Harry Met Sally:
“You just did. I think it will, but they’re really not the same at all. If you want to compare this to any movie of mine, it’s essentially the exact same story as The Sure Thing. Women in my movies are all the same. The woman is the one who is more together, more grounded, more centered. I generally feel that that’s true – women are more emotionally grounded than men.”

HUDSON:
“I think Luke is cute. We’ve known each other for a long time and we’ve always wanted to work together. He was always like a brother to me from the second I met him. And the only problem was we have to kiss in the movie, and it was hard for me. There was a scene where he comes up and kisses me, and he said, ‘Why are you laughing? I’m kissing you.’ And I was like ‘I’m sorry, but that’s why I’m laughing. I can’t believe you’re kissing me.’ It was like kissing my brother.”

WILSON on working with Reiner:
“He grew up in a house with his dad [Carl Reiner] and with Mel Brooks and Sid Caesar. He’s one of those people where he’s got such a great sense of humor that if we did a scene five times, I never thought, ‘Will this guy choose the best take?’ It kind of relaxes you in a way.”

REINER on who makes him laugh:
“Mel Brooks makes me laugh. Albert Brooks makes me laugh. Anyone named Brooks. The Brooks Brothers to me are funny people!”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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