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Question: Now also the last time we met you hadn't met Ryan Reynolds with whom you're currently working.
Mortimer: Yes, I adore Ryan Reynolds. I'm totally taken by him. I really think he's the sweetest guy and a very, very intelligent man, and also a brilliant actor. We've just rehearsed so far and on the read-through, but I'm convinced that he's got a huge career. I think he's really got great breadth and range as an actor. And this film is not a serious film, but it's a much more serious film than what people are used to seeing him in, and so I think it's going to take people by surprise and really impress them what he's done in this movie.
Question: What drew you to Chaos Theory?
Mortimer: You know, it feels a bit sort of Billy Wilder-esque, like one of those brilliant old films like The Apartment or something. I like the tone of it in that it's got an unusual tone, and not one that you find in most films nowadays. It's very hard to pull off and I'm not sure that we'll be able to do it, but if we do it I think it could be really cool. It requires the skill of a kind of comic timing, but at the same time you have to be emotionally present and real and there are a quite a lot of kind of intense feelings going on - like there are in many Billy Wilder movies, where people are really feeling things, they are feelings that one can completely relate to watching them, and the stakes are really quite high. But at the same time the acting has to go a certain speed and pace otherwise the scene just becomes melodramatic and it's not a drama but basically a comedy.
Question: Is it a studio movie?
Mortimer: It's a Warner Independent movie. Directed by the guy that did Pretty Persuasion, Marcos Siega.
Posted by Clint Morris on December 21, 2005
And then I’m about to do a movie with Ryan Reynolds. I don’t know whether they call it a dramedy or something, but it’s a really well written movie directed by the guy that directed Pretty Persuasion. It’s called Chaos Theory, it’s a Warner Brothers movie, and it’s a sort of romantic comedy but they’re married and they’re kind of going off each other as the film begins, and it’s a very sort of dramatic story as well.