Monday, November 8, 2010
NYC, Pittsburgh and LA
The cast and director of Love & Other Drugs were in New York this weekend for the movie's press junket, held at the bed-bug-plagued Waldorf Astoria. Hopefully all involved avoided any infestation.
Sadly for the participants, L&OD co-star Jill Clayburgh passed away on Friday night, after a very long battle with leukemia. Jake Gyllenhaal talked about working with Clayburgh:
When asked what he remembered about working with Clayburgh, who plays his mother in the film, Gyllenhaal had this to say:
"She worked three days on the movie, and I remember sitting with her and immediately opening up to her. And I didn't know that she had been struggling with leukemia with 20 years; I didn't know that until I heard that she had passed away [Friday], which was a big surprise. And I thought about the moments of sitting with her between takes and how game she was for Josh Gad, who plays my brother in the movie, his improvisation, all of our improvisation. We all were improvising and laughing, and it was this wonderful, beautiful chaos that was really led by her and George [Segal].
"My memories after that [are] sitting with her on a bench outside this house where we were shooting and just talking to her ... like she was a family member for years," he continued. "And I think that came from her, maybe knowing she was sick or having lived with a sickness for a long time, and appreciating everybody and every moment that she was around and in."
"My mother said something to me yesterday, which I keep thinking about with her, which is that you can live a long, long life, have a long, healthy life, and ... never lived," he said. "And then it can be cut short, as it was in Jill's case, and you can have really lived every moment of it, and I think she was a woman who lived every moment of it. I think it's a testament in her family how extraordinary they are, and how talented they all are and how wonderful they all are. She was a wonderful woman."
TrailerAddict has some cast interviews, as well as b-roll video behind the scenes on L&OD:
They have scene clips, as well, but I'll post only this video that also appeared on Facebook. The others seem quite spoilery.
More from Thursday's red carpet in Los Angeles. Jake talks about his reaction to the L&OD script:
Jake and Anne talk to Entertainment Tonight. They play off each other well. (I removed the video from the post but you can follow the link.)
Jake and Anne talk to Jake:
Jake and Anne talk to Access Hollywood: