Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Variety Screening: Love and Other Drugs
Variety held a screening of Love & Other Drugs in New York tonight. Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Ed Zwick were all in attendance. No official reports yet, but we did get this familiar reaction:
Wow. Wow. Jake Gyllenhaal in person = hotter and more charming than I could have ever imagined. I was like a teenager.
This Philadelphia radio station has some lengthy snippets of Jake, Anne and Ed at the press conference for L&OD. They talk about the usual subjects but you also get to hear Jake use the word "orgy." And both he and Anne complain that Ed didn't take any of their musical suggestions. It's a good listen; they have a great rapport.
Switching the pairings, here's Ed and Jake discussing the movie:
From an article about Jamie Reidy, whom Jake plays in L&OD:
Love and Other Drugs, which opens Nov. 24, is based on Reidy’s 2005 tell-all Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman (Andrews McMeel Publishing). The 20th Century Fox film, directed by Edward Zwick, stars Gyllenhaal as a roguish pharmaceutical salesman skating by on as little work as possible, and Anne Hathaway, as a patient-turned-love interest. "It’s surreal on so many levels--watching Jake Gyllenhaal as me, respond to being called Jamie, behaving the way I did, having the same conversations I had back in 1997," says Reidy, 40. "I was so distracted by those things, I had to see it again, just to catch everything I missed."
The R-rated movie focuses more on fictionalized sexual exploits and manipulations--sleeping with receptionist gatekeepers or wrangling dates for doctors--than the book, which is more of a guide to creative work dodging and making quotas.
"The book is the jumping off point for the movie, which captures the book’s lighthearted, self-deprecating spirit," Reidy says. "But the slacker stuff is gone, and Jake’s character has more depth than I have. He starts out where I was--selfish--and begins to change after he meets someone he really cares about."
You can also watch a video where Jamie tries to sell sand to people. At the beach.