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THE MOVIE: Laws of Attraction

Pierce Brosnan • Julianne Moore
DIRECTOR: Peter Howitt

Moore and Brosnan THE CONCEPT:
High-powered New York divorce attorneys Daniel Rafferty (Brosnan) and Audrey Woods (Moore) have seen love gone wrong on a daily basis with their clients – now they are falling in love, despite the fact that they are pitted against each other on opposite sides of a nasty public divorce between a rock star and his fiery fashion designer wife.

U.S. RELEASE: April 30 2004, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“This was very much a fun role. This is already a film that’s a fun memory for me because I had the greatest summer in Ireland with Julianne Moore and [director] Peter Howitt, and I think that we pulled something off that is rather good and appealing for a Friday night at the movies. It’s a movie made for adults by adults about romance, love and hanging tough with your heart for someone that moves you. I’ve been dying to do a romantic comedy for a long time.”

JULIANNE MOORE on hearing that Brosnan requested her for the movie:
“I was like, ‘What, me?’ I called up my agent and said, ‘This is a romantic comedy and it’s really funny. Why are they giving it to me?’ I was frankly shocked, flattered and thrilled, and really happy to do it because I thought it was really good and funny and I’ve never done anything like it.”

BROSNAN on how his character changed from the initial script:
“In the beginning he was just too cynical. I wanted him to have more heart. I wanted to have someone who was more accessible. I didn’t want to play a Mr Cool, I didn’t want to play a Mr. Know-it-all. I have kind of painted myself into a corner with suave, sophisticated, Bond mystique, and I just wanted to play a guy who was like an unmade bed, I just wanted to not have to be cool! I wanted to play a guy who was just a regular guy who didn’t go the gym, loved life, who probably got close to getting married himself a number of times and was rather weary with the whole game of divorce law.”

MOORE on how she talks before the beginning of every shot:
“It’s very relaxing to me. I talk all the way up and through ‘Action.’ If ‘Action’ happens while in the middle of a sentence, I’ll finish the sentence and then I’ll go into the scene, which is not great for my fellow actors. Sometimes they’re trying to concentrate.”

“[We had great chemistry] as long was she would shut up before the take, she was always chatty Kathy and I always get nervous and have to remember my lines, but she just plays with such ease and she chats away to everyone, and there’s six pages of dialogue and I’m like whispering to myself, ‘Please, I’m trying to concentrate here and get my acting together, my performance.’”

“Pierce was like, ‘Please be quiet.’ I said, ‘Yeah, Ralph Fiennes could take it, why can’t you?’ He laughed.”

“Julianne is a wonderful actress and a beautiful woman and someone who has her head on her shoulders and knows exactly who she is in life. I was thrilled when she wanted to do the picture.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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