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THE MOVIE: Must Love Dogs

THE STARS:
Diane Lane • John Cusack • Christopher Plummer
DIRECTOR: Gary David Goldberg

Cusack and Lane THE CONCEPT:
Newly divorced pre-school teacher, Sarah Nolan (Lane) is pressured by her family to enter the world of Internet dating, where she meets a quirky young man named Jake Anderson (Cusack), an idealist who measures romance by a Dr Zhivago standard, a movie he has seen hundreds of times.

U.S. RELEASE: July 29 2005, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

GARY DAVID GOLDBERG:
“I never thought this film would ever get made. I had optioned this book by myself with no studio involvement, but Al Horn, who’s the head of Warner Brothers, happens to be one of my oldest and dearest friends, and I was probably drinking too much at a party and I started acting out these scenes, and he said, ‘What’s that? I’d like to read it.’ He liked it.”

JOHN CUSACK:
“All of my sisters pretty much have tried to fix me up with the wrong women. I’m not really much of an Internet person. I call my assistant all the time and say, ‘My computer’s down, can you have someone come fix it.’ And then she comes by and turns it on – that was the problem with my computer.”

DIANE LANE:
“Internet dating scares me. I’m fascinated and I think I would actually do it at this point if I were without child and had the time and all that. I just think it seems smart because you can eliminate some issues up front. Whatever your thing is you don’t want, you can try to detail it before it happens, or that’s the theory anyway, right? Avoiding mistakes, regrets, isn’t that the adult choice?”

GOLDBERG:
“John Cusack is so gifted. So my role was just to put each of these actors in a position where they could flourish, because they do. John kind of created his character. I had a much more generic character written.“

CUSACK:
“Gary falls in love with the characters and then just keeps trying to make their world more interesting, and more interesting, and he’s not precious at all, he’s really terrific – I heard great things about him, but he really exceeded all my expectations that way.”

LANE:
“John Cusack was sort of an answer to a prayer. John brought so much to it. That’s what we needed and that’s what the script deserved. He brought reams of pages of dialogue that he felt was better suited for him and the movie. He wanted to help and bring all of himself. So he did and made the movie that much more. There’s a whole generation of women who have followed John. The fact that we had never worked together before, and we saved this treat for later in the game is nice.”

GOLDBERG:
“I don’t have a computer. I write longhand on a legal pad. There’s only one person in America who can read my writing, my assistant.”

CUSACK:
“I don’t want to get dates online. But if I did, I’d probably put something really funny and absurd and then if somebody approached me with something that was equally funny, then I would know I would like them.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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