She brings a new female model into the romantic comedy genre, one that is strong but lovableyou want her to find love, but she doesn’t have to lose herself to get it
“When it comes to Natalie Portman, I am speechless. She’s smart and funny and infuses that into the character. “
For Natalie Portman, tackling a feature comedy was a new frontier, but she felt in good company. “It’s been great to be surrounded by so many professionals at this kind of thing, because it’s not my comfort zone,” she explains. “Making a comedy film is a really different experience for me-without an audience, it’s sometimes hard to tell if something is working or not. Even if those around you think something is funny, they can’t exactly laugh during a take.”
For the role of Adam, Ivan Reitman knew he needed to find a an actor that was both charming and desirable to women, but could also play insecurity in his romantic explorations. Ivan Reitman found his Adam in comedic actor Ashton Kutcher, who had the perfect combination of leading man looks and charm (along with a slight underdog sense of vulnerability) that the role required.
Echoing Natalie Portman’s reaction to the script, Ashton Kutcher says, “Elizabeth Meriwether delivered a screenplay that was authentic, but also ridiculously funny. Most of the time when you read a comedy script, at some point, it’s going to push for the comedy-but Elizabeth Meriwether’s never reaches for a joke. It’s really a character comedy, and not a generic ‘hijinx-y’ type of film.”
For Elizabeth Meriwether, having Ashton Kutcher play Adam was the perfect choice. “Ashton Kutcher brings a ‘full-of-love-and-life’ openness to the role that perfectly contrasts Emma’s emotional journey-to get her to a place where she will want to open up. “Watching Natalie Portman bring Emma to life was a dream for the writer” の続きを読む