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THE MOVIE: Just Friends

THE STARS:
Ryan Reynolds • Amy Smart • Chris Klein • Anna Faris
DIRECTOR: Roger Kumble

Ryan Reynolds as Chris Brander and Amy Smart as Jamie Palamino THE CONCEPT:
When Chris Brander was in high school he was shy and overweight and in love with Jamie Palamino – now he’s thin and successful. When he meets Jamie again she just wants to be friends…

U.S. RELEASE: November 23 2005, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

ROGER KUMBLE:
“I knew I was going to let Ryan have free rein, because you could tell the stuff that sometimes he’s doing in these movie is coming off the top of his head. I always wanted him for this role because I’ve been a huge Ryan Reynolds fan. It was important when I sat down with him that I said, ‘You can do [the brash] guy brilliantly well, but you’ve got to carry this movie and we’ve got to like you. So we’ve got to ground you a little more, and every now and then let that guy go.’”

RYAN REYNOLDS on working with Anna Faris:
“The Britney Simpson Jessica Lohan Hilton character! She’s amazing. It was so great to play with somebody who could handle anything. That girl has such great comedic timing, it was really wonderful to go to the set and just be able to do anything and know that she would roll with it. She will not break character no matter what. Nor will she laugh no matter what. I wish I could say the same for me.”

AMY SMART:
“Ryan was absolutely wonderful to work with. He’s so talented, smart and spontaneous. I think what worked was that we both were really comfortable with each other and willing to just play. And Roger, instead of cutting and re-starting, he’s like, ‘take it again, take it again’ while the camera is rolling, so he kept it really spontaneous and fun.”

REYNOLDS on the physical comedy he does in the movie:
“It was so funny, because I’d just come off Blade and Amityville Horror and I got way more hurt in this movie than I did on either of those. I separated my shoulder the first day of shooting doing the hockey stuff. I think Anna cut her finger damn near off doing something. Everyone got a few bumps and bruises.”

CHRIS KLEIN (Dusty):
“It was really fun to take a character that at the beginning may be one that the general audience would perceive me to play, and turn it a bit on its head. Hopefully, in the execution it does have the element of surprise that we want it to have, so it was fun to do that, a little change of pace.”

REYNOLDS on wearing the fat suit and the make-up that makes him unrecognizable:
“Whoever created the suit made it out of molten lava, so I had to go outside all the time just to cool off. I remember standing outside and I was looking at the house where we were shooting, and this woman came up to me and asked me if Ryan Reynolds was inside. [I told her] ‘You have no idea, my dear!’”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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