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THE MOVIE: Monster-in-Law

Jennifer Lopez • Jane Fonda • Michael Vartan • Wanda Sykes
DIRECTOR: Robert Luketic

Charlotte finally meets the man of her dreams, only to discover that his mother, Viola, is the woman of nightmares. With the help of her longtime assistant, Viola does her best to scare off her son’s new fiancé by becoming the world’s worst mother-in-law.

U.S. RELEASE: May 13 2005, Nationwide • Rated:


“The most moving day was the first day that I was actually in front of a camera after 15 years, which was the costume and make-up test that everybody does. Before the camera rolled for the first time, Robert Luketic got everybody quiet and said, ‘Welcome back Ms. Fonda,’ and I cried I was so moved.”

“One of the great things about working with Jane was it really gave me a glimpse into what it must have been like when movies were different. She worked in a different era where it was more about stories. I’ve worked with Robert Redford as well, in a movie called Unfinished Life, that will be out July 22nd, and we were talking one day, and I was telling him how The Way We Were was one of my favorite movies. He said, ‘It’s a shame you guys don’t have scripts like that these days, that are about politics and social issues and a love story all combined into one.’ They don’t make movies like that, and getting back to Jane, she would come very prepared, and we’d talk about what we were going to do, and we would run the gamut of trying different things, and it was a lot of fun. It was just about the work everyday and making each scene as great as we could with what we had to work with.”

“I based the character of Viola on my favorite ex-husband, Ted Turner. I know that may sound really weird, but I had the privilege of spending 10 years with Ted, and talk about over the top, outrageous. Every day with Ted is like, ‘Oh my God I can’t believe he just said that or did that.’ He’s the only person I know who’s had to apologize more than I’ve had to. He’s an absolute hoot and he lacks any self-censorship and, at the same time, he’s extremely lovable.”

“I’m not beyond being intimidated by people, especially when I respect them. But you do get butterflies when Jane Fonda walks in the room, because you’re used to seeing her huge on a big screen. One of my favorite movies is Barbarella like everyone else, and Klute.”

“I’m realistic. Hollywood is not so friendly to older women. I’ve had my career. I’m not looking to recreate a career. If I get an opportunity to play fun characters again from time to time that would be great, but I’m kind of relieved that I’m at a point where, ‘Hey, if you want me, fine. If you don’t, fine, I don’t care.’ It’s not who I am.”

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