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THE MOVIE: Match Point

Jonathan Rhys Meyers • Scarlett Johansson • Emily Mortimer • Matthew Goode •
DIRECTOR: Woody Allen

Woody Allen’s first film set it Britain tells the dramatic story of how luck can play an integral part in our life. Chris Wilton (Meyers), a former tennis pro, is now teaching at an exclusive club, where he befriends Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode). Wilton is immediately attracted to Tom’s beautiful and alluring fiancée, Nola (Johansson). But the attraction turns to an obsession with surprising and deadly results.

U.S. RELEASE: January 20 2006, Nationwide • Rated: R


“We all like to think that we have so much control over our own lives and of our destinies. You always hear people saying, ‘I make my own luck.’ We think if we work hard we will succeed and, yes, hard work is important. But people are afraid to admit how contingent their lives are on chance and luck.”

JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS on working with Allen:
“We didn’t rehearse, which suits me perfectly. It was a very easy and relaxed experience. And he casts you because you know what you’re doing, he doesn’t cast anyone where he has to sit and spend three or four hours walking them through a scene, it would bore him terribly, and in turn it would bore me terribly to work with a director who felt that they had to discuss every breath that I took.”

“[Woody’s] very hands off, which I respond to very well. I think he casts people that he thinks are capable of bringing more to the film than he can direct them to. I think he finds it an interference with the natural instincts of an actor that he’s cast, so it was very short days, with plenty of time to go out and have dinner – very civilized.”

“Scarlett Johansson is a home run with the bases loaded. She’s got everything; she’s a fabulous actress, she’s beautiful, she’s young, she’s sexy … she just projects sensuality and intelligence.”

“Because I was Irish, Woody said, ‘Why don’t you make him Irish?’ It was kind of an in-joke for me, because I’ve never heard of an Irish tennis player. It’s right up there with the Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen. But when he said that, I jumped at the chance, because I’m very pro-Ireland, so any chance to put an Irish character in the lead role in a Woody Allen film, I’m going to take it.”

“I just did a comedy with Woody called Scoop. Woody and I have a very similar sense of humor, he thinks I’m funny and I think he’s funny, so there’s plenty to talk about. Match Point is a drama, but when you read it, it’s got his little fingerprints all over it, it’s definitely a Woody Allen script. As soon as you see a line like, ‘You’re driving me crazy, I can’t take it anymore,’ you know it’s Woody Allen. He’s done dramatic films before, and Woody’s a brilliant writer, so I was excited to be a part of it.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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