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THE MOVIE: She’s the Man

Amanda Bynes • Channing Tatum • Vinnie Jones • Laura Ramsey
DIRECTOR: Andy Fickman

Viola and her boyfriend Justin enjoy their last days of summer vacation together on the beach THE CONCEPT:
Very loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola (Bynes) wants to play soccer at her high school, but she’s not allowed as she’s a girl, so she disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian, and enrolls at his new boarding school where she joins the soccer team and falls in love with her roommate Duke (Tatum)

U.S. RELEASE: March 17 2006, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“I think this film is close enough to Twelfth Night that it was important to me to give credit where credit is due. I’m a big fan of the play, and I really wanted the cast to go back to Twelfth Night, read the play, and we studied Twelfth Night for days during rehearsal before we ever picked up the script, because I wanted them to have an understanding that when I made a reference that they understood what the historical reference was.”

“I liked that it was based on Twelfth Night and the fact that I got to dress up as a guy. I liked the Tootsie-type quality that Andy wanted it to be like, where I’m falling in love with my roommate, but I’m dressed like a guy.”

VINNIE JONES (Coach Dinklage):
“Amanda prepped properly for the soccer. I play on a soccer team here called Hollywood United, and Ian Carrington worked with Amanda for six weeks before the movie. I might have given her advice, but I purposely stayed out of it.”

“Amanda is great to work with, and I learned a lot from her. I’m used to doing dramatic roles, and I felt nervous that I wasn’t going to be funny. It was a challenge for me. But she just made me feel comfortable. I was expecting something different and then, after meeting her and hanging out with her, I realized that she’s really got a good head on her shoulders.”

FICKMAN on finding the right look for Bynes as a boy:
“When we tried different hairstyles, if her hair was just a little too long she looked like a cute girl again, like Dorothy Hamill, if it was too short we were in Boys Don’t Cry territory. It was hard finding that balance.”

“I suppose I do think that people are not going to give me the credit doing a soccer movie, and it does upset me when the press says, ‘Oh, he’s just playing himself. Let’s move on.’ It’s heartbreaking because you put so much effort in. And I have to deliver punch lines and the funny stuff, that’s not natural for a football or soccer player. You’ve got to act that out.”

“I think physical comedy is a gift. I grew up watching Lucille Ball, I was obsessed with her. When I was a kid and was depressed I would watch that show all the time and she would make me laugh. The best way to learn is to watch the greats”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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