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THE MOVIE: The Whole Ten Yards

Bruce Willis • Matthew Perry • Amanda Peet
• Natasha Henstridge
DIRECTOR: Howard Deutch

The Whole Ten Yards THE CONCEPT:
A sequel to the comedy hit, The Whole Nine Yards. Bruce Willis is back as hit man Jimmy ‘The Tulip’ Tudeski, who is enjoying a quiet life in Mexico, thanks to his one-time neighbor, Nicholas ‘Oz’ Oseransky, a dentist who falsified dental records so Jimmy could fake his own death. But now Oz’s wife, Cynthia (Henstridge) has been kidnapped, and he needs Jimmy’s help.

U.S. RELEASE: April 9 2004, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13


“One of the original thoughts for the sequel was that it might be funny if we switched roles, if I became more heroic and Bruce became more scared. So we hired George Galio who did Midnight Run to do the script that we all loved. What we found out though was that me being heroic wasn’t very funny. Then the very funny part of Bruce being scared and Martha Stewart-ish (was written).”

“Matthew and I have exceptionally good chemistry. It’s easy to crack jokes with him and fool around with the material. He has a innate comic sensibility that really comes through on film.”

AMANDA PEET (Jill) on coming back to the role after four years:
“I was quite sentimental about it, because before Bruce picked me (for the original movie) I couldn’t get arrested, and I feel like he really changed my life. When they called to say they were doing a sequel, I thought it was a joke. I was a lot less intimidated this time. The first time I was really scared. This time I was much more comfortable and had more fun.”

BRUCE WILLIS on his daughter Tallulah playing a role in the movie:
“My daughter is standing toe to toe with Matthew Perry and just banging lines at him. To hear a little kid say the two lines she said just cracks me up.”

“It was so funny to hear Bruce tell his daughter, ‘Call him Jagoff.’”

KEVIN POLLACK on playing the father of the character who died in The Whole Nine Yards:
“It was a little creepy. No, it was ridiculously fun. The process was three and a half hours of make up every morning, but once I found the voice and put on the glasses and realized just how insane this character was going to be, it became a joy. But my wife was concerned, because I’d come home and she’d say, ‘How’d it go?’ I’d say, ‘I think this may end up being the funniest thing I will ever do.’ And she’d say, ‘But no one’s going to know that it’s you!’”

WILLIS on the possibility of Die Hard 4:
“That’s happening. We are giving a contest to see who can come up with an ending for Die Hard 4. That is where they keep getting stuck. They don’t want to blow the planet up, and we don’t quite know where else to go with it. So we’ll see.”

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