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THE MOVIE: In Good Company

Dennis Quaid • Topher Grace • Scarlett Johansson
DIRECTOR: Paul Weitz

Young new boss Carter Duryea (Topher Grace) meets Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) THE CONCEPT:
A middle-aged advertising executive is demoted, and has a new new boss who is nearly half his age, and who is also sleeping with his daughter…

U.S. RELEASE: December 29 2004 (LA & NY),
Jan 14th Nationwide • Rated: PG-13


“There were a lot more famous people who wanted to play my role. Dennis was kind enough to put in his three cents, and I don’t think that I would’ve gotten the part if he hadn’t had stepped in and said that I could do it. So I’m grateful for that.”

“I want to work with great people. Great people really make you better. Topher and I read together before we even started the movie, and it was really obvious how talented he was.”

“My character, Carter, has got everything on paper. His parents were both absent, but he’s got the right car, the right job, the right life and the right house. But I think that once I go home to Dan Foreman’s house, I start to actually see something that I really want, but I don’t know how to get it. I think that dating Dan’s daughter is a consolation prize instead of actually being in the family.”

“Foreman is a guy with two daughters and you’re rooting for him to have a son, he’s surrounded by women, and he winds up in the end happily having another daughter, but he’s also gained a son in his relationship with Topher’s character.”

“Just the idea of acting with someone like Dennis, who’s so good, for three months was daunting, but he’s the nicest guy. He’s so easy going. I think that it’s just his talent that’s intimidating. [He played a practical joke on me] the first day of shooting, it was the scene in the restaurant, where he thinks that he’s getting fired. We shot his side of it, then they turned the cameras around on me, and I came back and his stand in was there, and he said, ‘I’ll be reading Dennis’ lines during this scene.’ I went, [(gulps] ‘Okay.’”

“I was just over at the monitor with Paul watching the beads of sweat come up on him. [roars with laughter] It was good.”

GRACE on one of the themes in the movie, out with the old and in with the new:
“I hate what cell phones have done, that time that you’d have to yourself in the car, where you could actually be alone with your thoughts, is gone.”

“Back in the day when I was a young man, no one had a cell phone up to their ear, or a laptop that was wireless to carry around anywhere that you wanted, or a video game that you could carry in your pocket. People had to talk to one another in between the three channels that they watched on TV.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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