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THE MOVIE: Herbie Fully Loaded

Lindsay Lohan • Michael Keaton • Matt Dillon
• Justin Long
DIRECTOR: Angela Robinson

A new friend… THE CONCEPT:
The legendary ‘Love Bug,’ who became an icon in the Sixties, rides again in this 21st Century update, where the little white VW Bug, with a mind and feelings of its own, ends up becoming a NASCAR racer.

U.S. RELEASE: June 22 2005, Nationwide • Rated: G


“I saw The Love Bug on TV, and I went outside to my parents’ car and I thought it would be alive. I was tremendously disappointed. I was trying to get it to communicate with me.”

“I had fun going to driving school for the movie. I went to the Richard Petty Experience, and I was going to drive, and our director, Angela Robinson, got in the car and she drove on the track – I was too scared. Then I got in the car with this guy and we went 190-195 miles an hour. We got so close to the wall I was screaming. I almost started crying, I thought I was going to die.”

MATT DILLON (Trip) on playing a Disney villain:
“He’s a kinder, gentler villain, or at least he’s all-audience friendly. When I first read the script I said, ‘I don’t think so,’ because the character had not really been thoroughly fleshed out, but I spoke with Angela and she had a lot of interesting ideas. One of the models was Apollo Creed in Rocky. Trip is a guy whose own ego, his own scheming, his own narcissism is what is his undoing, not Herbie. I liked that idea.”

“You have to be dead not to know that there was a movie named Herbie that was a car, but that’s almost all I knew. I read the script and I thought it was really good, and I thought it was a good idea to be in a movie like this. These things have huge longevity, you become not only a part of movie culture, but you kind of become part of American culture.”

“I love Matt Dillon. I think he’s so hilarious. He had a lot of input into his character. It was fun to work with him because he’s so serious about his comedy.”

“Well, comedy is serious business, after all. I don’t think I was too serious about it. I’m very professional and serious about my work, so maybe that’s what she meant.”

“Michael is great [she sings the Batman theme]. He was very parental towards me and he was very nice, and I needed that at that time. Matt’s incredible and he’s amazing to watch, because he gets so intense and into it. Sometimes I actually made fun of him. I learned a lot from both of them, and I’d love to work with them again.”

“There’s this great moment in the movie where Herbie is going around the track and the crowd is cheering, and that actually happened. The crowd was like, ‘Herbie’s out there!’”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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