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Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine talk ‘This Means War’ and their real-life competition (Q&A)
Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy star in the action comedy “This Means War” and sat down with OnTheRedCarpet.com to discuss and joke about their real life rivalry.
Witherspoon, 35, stars in the film with Pine and Hardy. The actors play two CIA agents who are best friends fighting over the same woman, played by Witherspoon. The agents wage an epic battle against one another while Witherspoon’s character tries to determine which man is a better match for her.
While their characters competed on the big screen, they joked that it carried on in their real lives too.
“Oh yeah,” Pine responded when asked if the rivalry was real. “[There were] a lot of games of Go Fish off set, just you know, Old Maid, Scrabble, Words with Friends…Cribbage, Mahjong.”
Pine and Hardy were also open about transitioning from their more action-inspired roles in “Star Trek” and “The Dark Knight” to a more light-hearted comedy.
“I enjoyed it very much,” Pine said. “I liked the fact that we had a great script that Simon Kinberg had worked on and gave us, but really the fun of it was getting to know people and kind of working off one another, taking our cue off of Chelsea Handler…She is fun to watch.
“Yeah, it’s really nice to do something where I’m not taking myself too seriously and just have light banter,” Hardy added. “I really can’t help but to default switch to being really serious about stuff. I have a lot of fun laughing, which I do normally on other films anyway, but on this I think a lot more in this aspect, with that hysterical laughter. It’s almost a little bit out of my comfort zone, but I really enjoyed it.”
The film was released on February 17 and also features comedian Chelsea Handler, actress Angela Bassett and Abigail Spencer.
Check out what else the starring trio had to say about their film and romance in general, as well as their Oscar picks and favorites.
Fox’s All Access blog has posted audio snippets from an interview with Reese, and you can listen to her talk about the following subjects at their site:
Reese Witherspoon stars in a new romantic action flick “This Means War.” When a pair of spies discover they’re both going out with the same woman. Yes, that would be Reese.which is a different kind of movie for her, but when it comes to choosing roles, she’s not scared of “different.”
Over the years, Reese has developed a reputation as a positive role model for young women. A little pressure? Sure. But she loves that she’s thought of that way.
It also includes an Oscar, for “Walk The Line.” So with the Academy Awards coming up soon, I had to ask… where does she keep hers?
Moviefone have posted an interesting article about the state of Reese’s career – initially I thought this would be quite a negative article, and not something I’d want to post here, but upon reading it all it’s actually very interesting. It offers an interesting analysis of her current status in Hollywood and her popularity, and makes some good points. Have a read, and feel free to comment if you have an opinion on it that you’d like to share!
Back in 2005, Reese Witherspoon was a top star; she was earning $15 million a picture, was a reliable box office draw in romantic comedies, and proved her mettle as a dramatic actress by winning an Oscar for “Walk the Line.” Today, she’s a performer whose last $100-million hit was four years ago, who starred in one of Hollywood’s costliest recent flops, and whose current romantic comedy (20th Century Fox’s “This Means War”) suffered a last-minute release date change, away from its initially scheduled Feb. 14th premiere, apparently because she wasn’t a big enough draw for Valentine’s Day date-night audiences. Yet she’s still earning a reported $15 million per picture. Which raises the question: how does Witherspoon manage to remain an A-list star, in demand for leading roles in big-studio movies, even as her box office drawing power has waned?
Last fall, Forbes ranked Witherspoon fourth on its annual Most Overpaid Actors list; according to the magazine, only Drew Barrymore, Eddie Murphy, and Will Ferrell offered Hollywood producers a lower return on investment. The chief reason: the high-profile failure of her 2009 romantic comedy “How Do You Know,” which cost $120 million to make but returned only $30 million at the domestic box office. Before that, her last big hit was 2008′s “Four Christmases.” That comedy earned $120 million, but arguably, at least half the credit could be attributed to her co-star, Vince Vaughn. Otherwise, her record since 2005 includes the flops “Rendition” and “Penelope” (both of which topped out around $10 million in the U.S.) and the modest success “Water for Elephants,” which cost $38 million and earned back $57 million in North America.
“This Means War” which sees spies Chris Pine and Tom Hardy sabotaging each other as rivals for Witherspoon’s affections, looks on paper like the kind of romantic comedy that drew ticketbuyers back in the days of such Witherspoon hits as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Just Like Heaven.” Actually, however, it’s more of an action comedy, about guys blowing stuff up, with a romance angle to it, a la “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (which shares a screenwriter, Simon Kinberg, with “This Means War.”) So it’s far from a traditional Valentine’s Day movie, despite the way it’s been marketed. No wonder Fox decided to move it away from Feb. 14, where it would have competed against the newly-opened “The Vow,” a more traditional, tearjerking romance starring Rachel McAdams, who is practically a sure thing at the box office in that kind of movie.
Starring Water for Elephants/Legally Blonde’s Reese Witherspoon, Star Trek’s Chris Pine, and Inception/The Dark Knight Rises’ Tom Hardy, McG’s This Means War scored an unexciting — though better than initially estimated — $20.4m at 3,189 North American sites this four-day Presidents Day weekend, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.
This Means War trailed Ryan Reynolds/Denzel Washington’s Safe House and Rachel McAdams/Channing Tatum’s The Vow, Josh Hutcherson/Dwayne Johnson’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. To date, including Tuesday preview screenings, the Witherspoon-Pine-Hardy movie has pulled in $22.01 million domestically.
Internationally, including top markets Russia and Australia, the $65m-$70m-budgeted romantic comedy/action flick mix earned $11 million. That’s also better than expected, though hardly blockbuster material.
The story of two spies fighting for the affections of the same woman, This Means War was widely panned by film reviewers. It has a (quite rotten) 24% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics.
So far, things for This Means War don’t look all that promising abroad — but then again, they don’t look all that disheartening, either. Number one openings in Australia and Russia (as per The Hollywood Reporter), even if somewhat low key, are nothing to sneer at.
I should add that an important reason Witherspoon’s Water for Elephants did decent business overseas was the presence of Robert Pattinson, who has a huge following as a result of the Twilight Saga movies co-starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. One obstacle This Means War will have to surmount is that neither Chris Pine nor Tom Hardy has Pattinson’s following abroad.
- Read the full article, with mention of Reese’s recent box office statistics, at altfg.com
Reese Witherspoon plays a woman wedged in a love triangle between two CIA agents and best friends, played by Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, in the action/romance Valentine’s Day comedy “This Means War.”
But it’s her on-screen and off-screen friendship with co-star Chelsea Handler that has everyone raising eyebrows.
Even the typically sweet actress is confused about how she became so close to the potty-mouthed late night comedian.
“We’re the most unlikely friends – like on ‘Animal Planet’ where the giraffe and turtle make friends,” Witherspoon told Fox411′s Pop tarts column regarding her Handler friendship. “That’s us.”
The Oscar-winning actress, who last year tied the knot for the second time with Hollywood agent Jim Toth, also said she knows precisely what characteristics a man requires to keep her happy.
“Great character, loyal and honest,” she declared.
And if Witherspoon, who won her Oscar for her moving portrayal of country music legend June Carter, was ever to stand before Jennifer Lopez on “American Idol” – she already knows what tune she would belt.
“’Angel from Montgomery,’ the John Prine song,” she quipped.