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THE MOVIE: The Break-Up

Vince Vaughn • Jennifer Aniston
DIRECTOR: Peyton Reed

Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) – the beginning, or the end…? THE CONCEPT:
An unconventional romantic comedy that follows a couple’s often comical, sometimes painful, journey into the unraveling of a once solid and loving relationship

U.S. RELEASE: June 2 2006, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13


“The irony wasn’t lost on any of us that we were shooting a movie called The Break-Up, as Jennifer was very publicly going through a break-up [and divorce from Brad Pitt]. Obviously, that’s was in no way why we cast her. We cast her because she’s amazing. In terms of her process and how much of her personal life she brought to that role, that’s a question you’d have to ask her.”

“It was ironic. When I first got the phone call that a movie called The Break- Up was coming I kind of laughed and thought, ‘That’s funny.’ And sure enough it was, and I found it [was] like a sign to do it, because in a way it was a cathartic thing. I felt very lucky; if this had come to me at any other time in my life, I don’t know if I would have been able to really get it on the level that I would have wanted to as an actor.”

"When we were developing the screenplay, Jennifer was the only actor that I had in mind, because she’s so good with comedy – she’s also a very good actor. And she has a quality that is just inherent – she’s very likeable; there’s a warmth to Jennifer. These characters are both very flawed, so it’s important to have that.”

“Vince always called this an anti-romantic comedy, so I think it’s coming at that genre from a 180-degree different direction than I did on my last movie [Down with Love]. This movie is much more grounded in reality, and about a normal couple going through a rough time.”

“Working with Vince was like working with a pro tennis player. He’s such a professional, he’s so good at his job, he’s so funny and he’s such a great actor, aside from being comedic.”

“This is not your traditional type of romantic comedy, and there’s a lot of fear on a studio’s end whenever you’re doing something different. I have to say Universal was extremely supportive.”

“I think what’s so well done about how they wrote [this movie] is no one is really the bad guy. They’re both flawed. They both fall short, and that’s the problem, that they fail and finally communicate in an evolved manner, which would have probably solved the whole problem to begin with.”

VAUGHN on the media scrutiny his romance with Aniston has received:
“My feeling is whatever, truthfully. You don’t take it personally, you know that they’re doing their job; they’re trying to sell stuff. For me all this stuff is just ridiculous, it’s not like it makes me mad or I can’t stand it, it comes with the territory and you just laugh at it and you don’t make it your focus, it’s not what you concentrate on.”

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