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Feature: Charlie's Angels 2

Earning Her Wings

They’re back!

Hollywood success stories are rarely more dramatic than Drew Barrymore’s! The multi-millionaire movie producer talks to us about Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and looks back at her varied career.

Everybody loves Drew Barrymore. At 28, the Charlie’s Angels star has become one of Hollywood’s most successful actress-producers. A working actress since she was 11 months old and a star since the age of seven, when ET made her world-famous, Drew has overcome alcoholism, drug-addiction and two failed marriages to emerge as a Hollywood survivor and leading role model; a mega-producer and star of more than 35 films.

Few other stars have made a big deal of their production companies the way Drew has. Her Flower Films has already rolled out a number of hits, starting with Never Been Kissed and then delivering a huge splash with Charlie’s Angels, which has grossed more than $250 million world-wide. In 2000, Drew produced the acclaimed Donnie Darko. Now her biggest production, the $120 million Angels sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle opens in the UK this July. Later this year, Flower Films releases Duplex, a Danny DeVito black comedy with Drew and Ben Stiller, followed by Fifty First Kisses which reunites Drew with her Wedding Singer co-star, Adam Sandler.

Drew and co-stars Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, whom Drew calls Pussy and Poo, bonded on the first film and have since become close friends. So there was no problem for producer Drew to convince her buddies to reunite for Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

“We all looked forward to have as great time laughing and training together,” tells Drew, who gave the girls a considerable raise for the sequel. Cameron, who was paid $12 million for Charlie’s Angels, netted $20 for the sequel; Lucy went from $1 million to $4 million, and Drew herself, who was paid $8 million for the original, received $14 million plus a production fee.

“We all got amazing raises, which is traditional for a sequel,” she admits, although the actress is quick to point out that she didn’t make the films out of financial desires. “They are made because we’re in a time when people need something to make them feel good. These movies do that and that’s why they’ve become such big hits.

“The Angels are wickedly capable, and people respond to that. The Angels laugh and have fun and enjoy being women and loving men. Those are the things I wanted to incorporate into the film.”

Nobody seems to say no to the enthusiasm of Barrymore who, despite her new-found power in Hollywood, doesn’t take life or work too seriously.

“That’s why we make fun of ourselves in the sequel for using 17 writers on the first movie,” she grins. “Matt LeBlanc’s character is making a sequel of an action film and is asked how the sequel is going and he says, ‘Oh, it’s great! We’ve got like 13 writers, so it’s going to be awesome!’”.

by Roald Rynning

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