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THE MOVIE: Something’s Gotta Give

Jack Nicholson • Diane Keaton
DIRECTOR: Nancy Meyers

Something’s Gotta Give THE CONCEPT:
In this sophisticated comedy, Nicholson portrays Harry Langer, a perennial 63 year-old bachelor who is currently dating Marin Barry, 30 years his junior. She invites him to her mother’s beach house for a romantic weekend, where he suffers a heart attack, leaving her mother, successful playwright Erica Barry (Keaton) to nurse him back to health.

U.S. RELEASE: December 12 2003, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“The shock effect of 9/11 made me feel that I didn’t want to do anything too challenging or depressing. I’ve done that. I just felt that I wanted to do comedies. I want to uplift, not only the people but myself. Comedy’s very difficult. I’m now in the Oscar Wilde School, dying is easy, comedy is difficult.”

“Working with Jack is like standing in front of the Grand Canyon. You’re just this little spec on a precipice, and he’s this huge massive kind of structure. He’s one of the Seven Wonders of the World.”

“It’s interesting to talk about Something’s Gotta Give, but it’s hard to articulate, because Nancy Meyers is so placidly sinful in the way she shoots a movie that it’s hard to describe why it’s a unique movie. I didn’t want to work, but this was a script that I’d never seen [before], and I knew it was what I was looking for.”

KEATON on doing the nude scene in the movie:
“There was never a question of my not doing that scene. I knew that I had to do it. You read the script and you realize that that’s a requirement. It’s got to be a woman’s body, and that’s the way it is. And, no, I didn’t have anything to drink, it was too early in the morning.”

“I’ve always had tremendous affection for Keaton. She really gives me tremendous energy working with her, because she’s like me, inside she’s pretty wild about fooling around. She’s a very original thinker as a person. We have a past relationship of affection, and like one another very much, so it makes that part of the day, when we’re down for hours, very interesting. She’s nothing if not fascinating, and working with her she’s very unpredictable, which I like. She approaches the script like a play, in that she has the entire script memorized before she starts doing the movie, which I don’t know any other actors who do that.”

KEATON on their past relationship:
“I think we’ve been separated by time and experience, and that’s a huge chasm. Jack went on to become more of a legendary actor, and I went on to go up and down and up and down. He’s had to carry this mantle of greatness around with him, which is a huge, overwhelming responsibility. I think he respects the art of acting and the art of film, and he’s a great representative for all of us actors.”

“One of the common conversations that I have with friends of all ages, and particularly mid-life people, is that whatever their situation, if they’re not [in a relationship] they all yearn for one more romantic experience.”

“This movie is a celebration of older women. I think that was Nancy’s intention and God bless her, and I’m just thrilled that she picked me to be the representative. I’m going to be the spokesperson now!”

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