thinking, when I was really little, like seven or something, 'The
man I marry could be from, I don't know, somewhere in Texas',"
Meg Ryan, the actress also known as Mrs Dennis Quaid, says in her
best sing-song girlie voice. "And look who I married! Dennis
and I didn't know it, but he and I lived a block from each other
on the Upper West Side. I lived on 80th Street [while in Manhattan
during her days as a soap opera actress] and he lived on 81st
destiny - fate, karma, providence, whatever you might wish to call
it - comes very much into play in You've Got Mail, the
latest romantic-comedy to team Ryan and Hanks. You've Got Mail,
which is based on the 1940 Jimmy Stewart-Margaret Sullavan
favourite The Shop Around the Corner, reunites Ryan and
Hanks with their Seattle writer-director, Nora Ephron.
Ryan plays Kathleen Kelly, the owner of - guess what? - 'The Shop
Around the Corner', a comfy little bookstore that's precisely the
kind of place Hanks's character, Joe Fox, delights in putting out
in fact, regularly erects mega-bookstores distinguished by deep
discount prices and practically no personality. Thus, Kathleen and
Joe despise each other. Except, in a very '90s twist, they've come
to trust, rely on and care about one another - anonymously - via
the Internet. Eventually, they agree to meet and matters grow more
complicated from there, especially given the fact that Joe's
dating a high-strung editor (Parker Posey) and Kathleen's involved
with a columnist (Greg Kinnear) too smart for his own good.
movie picks up on is the question of fidelity. The two e-mailers
are falling for each other via computer but both have partners.
Isn't that why Meg and Tom have a relationship anyway as they
haven't met? Tom says, "I think that if you're giving over
true intimacies to an absolute stranger, yeah. If you're making up
a bunch of junk, no. But if you really feel as if you're investing
in something like this and are doing some degree of
self-examination, there's something there."
"I just love working with
Tom; I can't help it," Ryan enthuses. "He's funny. He's
so easy. He can talk about anything. I can't sit here and describe
the joys of Tom Hanks, because we all know what they are, other
than to say he's better in r-e-a-l life than in r-e-e-l life."
Hanks, no surprise, likes Ryan,
too. In fact it was he who recommended that Ephron send Ryan the
You've Got Mail script for her consideration.
"Meg and I are friends who
have almost nothing to do with the motion picture industry,"
explains Hanks, who notes that he and his wife, actress Rita
Wilson, don't spend all that much time socializing with Ryan and
Quaid. "She's very smart, she doesn't lie and she doesn't
acquiesce to somebody's personality just to fold into a
conversation. Meg kind of scares me in the way you want to be
scared by someone you're working with, yet she also intrigues you
in the way you want to be intrigued by someone you're working
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