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THE MOVIE: Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

THE STARS:
Kate Bosworth • Topher Grace • Josh Duhamel
• Gary Cole
DIRECTOR: Robert Luketic

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton THE CONCEPT:
To clean up actor Tad Hamilton’s bad boy image, his agent and manager set up a ‘Win a Date’ contest, which Rosalee Futch (Bosworth), a grocery clerk living in West Virginia wins, much to the chagrin of her best friend and co-worker, Pete (Grace) who is secretly in love with her.

U.S. RELEASE: January 23 2004, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

KATE BOSWORTH:
“I think I took basically the qualities in me and poured them all into the character. It was a really great space to live in for a few months, to go to work every day and just look at things in the most positive light and hopefully try to take that away from this.”

JOSH DUHAMEL (Tad Hamilton):
“I’ve actually done this in real life. When I was on the soap All My Children, we did a thing for Seventeen Magazine when a girl won a date. And I went to her prom with her in Alabama, and she was a sweetheart. I didn’t move to Alabama and buy a farm [like I do in the movie], but we still keep in touch.”

TOPHER GRACE:
“I think the trap of these films sometimes is that everyone is so defined by their character, and I think layering them is the whole point. It’s pretty obvious where this film is going from the poster, so I’m really glad that we got to a place where the love triangle turns a couple of times.”

GARY COLE (Henry Futch) on the way his character attempts to talk showbiz:
“I had my father in mind, because I’ve been doing this awhile, and so both my parents have become a little more savvy and throw out a little more lingo than they used to. They actually do discuss box office and what they think will open well.”

BOSWORTH:
“The Tad for me was Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It. I remember thinking he was so cute. That was in 1992, when I was 12.”

DUHAMEL:
“I wanted the decision [between Tad and Pete] to be difficult for Rosalee, I wanted it to be a difficult decision for the audience too – but I didn’t want Tad to be too nice either. So it was a difficult line to walk. Yes, his reasons for wanting to be with her were ultimately selfish. He’s a narcissist, and a lot of times the worst narcissists are the ones who seem like the nicest, most genuine people, who look you in the eye and tell you what you want to hear. And that’s what he did, but I think he is a good guy at heart.”

GRACE:
“There’s a cliché of playing this guy very fragile or flawed, and I think it was really important that Pete was strong, he’s just a victim of circumstances, what’s he going to do? The girl he likes starts dating ‘Brad Pitt.’ Know matter how great a guy you are you’ve got a problem.”

COLE:
“I think this movie tries for a tone that you maybe don’t see often now. It’s a screwball comedy. It’s just a real sweet movie on a lot of levels, there are real moments in it, but it’s like a Pillow Talk/Doris Day kind of film.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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