The cast of ‘How Do You Know’ sure is packed with A-List stars; it features everyone Owen Wilson to Paul Rudd to Reese Witherspoon.
The movie, in theaters this Friday, is about Lisa, a young woman (Witherspoon) who must choose between two men — the charismatic but clueless Matty (Wilson) and the charming but flustered (George). The only catch: Lisa and George meet under the worst of circumstances, a premise that director James L. Brooks says was the inspiration for the film.
Moviefone talked to the three stars of the movie, along with actress Kathryn Hahn and director Brooks, last week about love, bad first impressions, dating faux and the ultimate question: How do you know?
- Watch the rest of the interviews here at Moviefone
Winning an Academy Award can make an actor’s career, open doors in Hollywood, or in some cases become a curse.
For Reese Witherspoon, who took home Hollywood’s Golden Boy portraying country singer June Carter Cash in 2005′s “Walk the Line,” it brought something no one — certainly not she — expected. A-list Hollywood writer/director James L. Brooks wrote a role especially for her.
Witherspoon portrays a top female softball player whose love life gets all mixed up in the romantic comedy “How Do You Know.” It hits theaters on Friday with co-stars Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson.
“Director and script are the most important thing (and) this was a no-brainer,” Witherspoon told Reuters. “He writes some of the greatest female protagonists.”
Indeed, Brooks has had a strong track record writing and directing movies with strong women characters, starting with 1983′s “Terms of Endearment” up through 1997′s “As Good as It Gets,” which earned Helen Hunt an Oscar for lead actress.
“Terms of Endearment,” about the relationship between a mother and daughter, won Oscars for best writing, directing and motion picture for Brooks.
In “How Do You Know,” Witherspoon plays Lisa, whose loses her life’s focus when her softball playing days come to an abrupt end at age 31.
She embarks on an affair with fellow athlete Matty (Wilson), a clueless baseball player looking for good times who tries to reform his ways under the sway of Lisa’s allure.
Stars Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and the usually elusive Jack Nicholson joined “Extra” on the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of their comedy, “How Do You Know.” Check it out!
Movie stars often talk about how they aren’t really like the characters they play on screen.
Reese Witherspoon proves the point with silence. Her character Lisa in How Do You Know, the new James L. Brooks comedy opening Friday, is as taciturn as Witherspoon is talkative.
“I’ve never really played a character that wasn’t very verbal,” she said in an interview. “I mean, all I do is talk in movies!
“So this is a nice departure for me, to learn to, as my mother always says, ‘Never miss an opportunity to shut up and listen!’”
Good thing Witherspoon didn’t heed that advice making Walk the Line, the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, where she played June Carter Cash and both talked and sang her way to an Oscar.
In How Do You Know, Witherspoon’s plays a baseball star who would rather get in touch with her ball and glove than her emotions. She amusingly finds herself romantically involved with two men: stereotypical jock Matty (Owen Wilson) and sensitive businessman George (Paul Rudd). (A fourth character, played by Jack Nicholson, is there to complicate their lives in other ways.)
If this were a real-life romantic triangle and not a movie, Witherspoon would be talking the ear off a sympathetic friend or family member.
“Oh, yes. I talk endlessly about my romantic conflicts, my loves lost and gained — my life is a non-stop dialogue with my friends. So this very interior character, who knows she’s feeling things but she’s not sure what they are, really doesn’t know how to talk about them.
“And when people want to talk about it, Lisa wants them to stop talking. It’s a really interesting woman to see on film. Conversely, Paul’s character just can’t stop talking!”
So what would Witherspoon tell her intimate associates, if she were to find herself in the unlikely position of having two suitors at once? Which of the two guys, cocky Matty or chatty George, would she choose?
Getting to ‘Know’ Reese Witherspoon
Witherspoon plays struggling athlete caught in love triangle in new comedy
Reese Witherspoon steps out of her comfort zone for her newest comedy, “How Do You Know,” opening Friday.
In this film from James L. Brooks (“Terms of Endearment,” “As Good as It Gets”), Witherspoon, 34, plays Lisa, a fading softball champion who juggles two suitors (Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd). The role takes her leagues away from the lovably perky Elle Woods of her “Legally Blonde” hits.
“The biggest challenge for me was that she’s not verbal, and I’m used to playing really talkative characters, women that speak about their relationships and talk about love and dynamics and boys with their girlfriends,” the Oscar-winning actress (“Walk the Line”) told reporters recently in New York.
“She’s like, ‘Shut up. I don’t want to talk to you right now. I have to go.’ That was a new character for me.”
But true, she discovered, for the female athletes she met.
Changing the subject from How Do You Know to Water For Elephants for a few minutes, news has emerged that the first official teaser trailer for Water For Elephants will debut in cinemas this Friday before How Do You Know. Entertainment Tonight will show a teaser tonight, and last night showed a teaser of the teaser…
Jack Nicholson Reviews His Kiss with Paul Rudd
Fans have seen Jack Nicholson play everything from a retired astronaut in ‘Terms of Endearment’ to a raging alcoholic in ‘The Shining,’ but in his new movie ‘How Do You Know’ Jack plays a character that causes the actor to reveal a softer side of himself that audiences aren’t necessarily used to.
‘How Do You Know’ follows Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) a young woman caught in between two men: George (Paul Rudd), a businessman, and Matty (Owen Wilson), a professional baseball player.
Jack plays Paul’s father in the movie, who showers his son in kisses. The Oscar winner tried to describe how he felt locking lips with Paul.
“I kissed him so many times,” said Jack, at the Hollywood premiere on Monday. “I had all kinds of emotions.”
Paul called his smooch scenes with Jack an experience he’ll never forget.
“I think I kissed him in every scene,” said Paul. “I think that might be a record for me.”
Owen savored his role as a man who doesn’t hold himself to social conventions.
“He’s one of these guys who doesn’t really have a filter,” said Owen. “He just kind of says what comes into his mind.”
While filming, the cast received a surprise that Reese revealed on the red carpet, saying, “We were shooting in Washington D.C. and we thought, ‘Maybe we can get in [the White House]?’ so we called somebody and took a tour. And as we were on the tour we got a message that the President wanted to say hi and he had just seen ‘I Love You Man’ and he loved Paul’s performance, and it was really exciting.”
‘How Do You Know’ hits theaters Friday, December 17.
Jack Nicholson referred briefly to Reese and his other How Do You Know co-stars in a recent press interview for a film:
He [writer-director James L. Brooks] is kind of close to me. I’ll always work with Jimmy. He’s probably the best screenwriter in the world. You know you are going to get great material. He always casts wonderful actors, look at us all [in How Do You Know]. That, plus you really get to work with, and I accent the adjective, a dear friend. A couple of Oscars didn’t hurt [laughs]. That cemented the relationship. Then, you know you’re in love [laughs].
Oh yes, I learned a lot from this cast. I’ll tell you a story about Owen Wilson. As soon as I got to the set, he asked me if I wanted to go out and shoot machine guns [laughs]. I’m like, “Oh my God, this guy thinks I’m adventurous!”
Reese Witherspoon was starstruck working with acting legend Jack Nicholson on her new comedy How Do You Know.
“Oh my gosh, it blows your mind when you walk on set and there he is,” the actress admitted on the red carpet at the film’s LA premiere.
“He’s standing there and he’s laughing, smoking a cigarette, and you’re like ‘Oh my god this is not really happening’,” she laughed.
In the film by Oscar-winning writer-director James L. Brooks, Reese stars alongside Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd who she claims were equally in awe of Nicholson.
“I think Owen and Paul and I were all pinching ourselves every day we worked with him,” she joked.
Paul and Owen’s characters in the movie are pitted against each other in a love triangle with Reese’s character at the centre.
Of working with the pair, Reese said: “They’re just guys, they’re really funny you know, Owen tells funny jokes.”
She added: “It’s nice to come to work and be able to laugh and have people around you that are just inherently funny.”
Reese Witherspoon – How Do You Know Interview
Reese Witherspoon has already proven that she’s a pro at comedy. So when veteran writer/director James L. Brooks approached the Oscar-winning actress to star alongside Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd in How Do You Know, she jumped at the chance.
Tribute’s Toni-Marie Ippolito sat down with Reese in New York to talk about her love of rom-coms, working with Wilson and Rudd and what happens to her when she falls in love!