source: US Magazine
His above-average looks actually almost cost him the lead role in “The Switch,” the romantic comedy opening Aug. 20 in which he stars with Jennifer Aniston. In the film, he plays Wally, the perennial best friend to Kassie (Aniston), who has turned to artificial insemination to have a child. Right after she tracks down the perfect-seeming sperm donor in Roland (Patrick Wilson), Wally, in something of a drunken stupor, secretly replaces the Ken doll’s sperm with his own.
When Bateman first read the script, he wasn’t, as he says, “perfect for the part.” The original script had more of a “Beauty and the Beast” vibe to it, with Wally as an overweight guy who “was a very unlikely candidate to be the sperm donor.”
Lucky for him, the character eventually morphed and became less of a troll. Still, Wally isn’t the coolest guy around — he’s a neurotic hypochondriac who has weird habits such as moaning while eating and a hesitancy to speak his heart, both of which have launched him permanently into the friend zone. While Bateman said he’s never quite been in a comparable situation, he did relate to the idea of a romantic relationship that blossomed out of a friendship.
“One of the reasons I think that my wife and I are so happy today is that we basically married each other as a result of us being such great friends,” he said. “I made a decision in the interest of only getting married once — which I think everybody desires — that I’d look at the relationships that lasted the longest. Those were my friendships, as opposed to my girlfriend relationships. So I thought if I could find a girl I was friends with that I was also really attracted to, that would probably be the best candidate for longevity.”
In the film, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, one of Bateman’s special relationships is with Thomas Robinson, the pint-sized actor who plays Sebastian, the child born from the switched donor sample.
“He’s a naturally expressive young boy that was just perfect for the part,” Bateman said. “I don’t want to take anything away from his acting talent, but he was similar to that part in his sweetness and accessibility. Some kids are sort of shelled off, but he was wide open.”
Interacting with Robinson reminded Bateman of his own beginnings as a child actor on such popular shows as “Little House on the Prairie,” “Silver Spoons” and “The Hogan Family.”
“I started when I was so young, when I was 10, so I related to and empathized with his situation, and that was a lot of fun for me,” he said. “I didn’t necessarily help him, but I supported him and tried to anticipate some of the moments that might be more challenging for him.”
After years of playing supporting characters, Bateman really gets the chance to show off his leading-man chops in “The Switch.” It’s a transition he’s still not completely comfortable with.
“The bigger parts are given to the bigger stars, so if you’re lucky enough — like in this case — where those people are either busy or they don’t want the part and it comes down the list and your name comes up … you grab it,” he said. “If this is well received, that’s great for me. If not, I’m still in a fortunate position where I’m asked to do great roles that may not be on the top three spots on the call sheet. I’m in this for the long haul, and if I start trying to sprint, I could end up losing it.”
“The Dr. Oz Show,” daytime television’s newest hit series, will feature all-new, informative and thought-provoking episodes during May sweeps (go to www.doctoroz.com/find-station or check local listings for time and channel). Upcoming episodes include an intimate conversation with nine-time Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow as she opens up to Dr. Oz about her battle with breast cancer; an “Ask Dr. Oz” first as Oprah Winfrey makes her first-ever appearance on the show; an exclusive and emotional interview with the officer who first responded to the scene when Charla Nash was attacked by her friend Sandra Herrold’s chimpanzee Travis in February, 2009; anti-aging secrets from some of the world’s top supermodels; Dr. Oz’s ultimate countdown of health tips you need to know now; Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Summer Diet; and a celebrity edition of “Ask Dr. Oz” that features Jennifer Aniston, Mary J. Blige, Whoopi Goldberg, Carrie Ann Inaba, Patti Labelle and more.
Friday, May 14th - Jennifer Aniston, Mary J. Blige, Trudie Styler, Whoopi Goldberg, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Patti Labelle join Dr. Oz for a special “Ask Dr. Oz: Celebrity Edition” revealing their own personal health questions.
It had been declared a flop internationally, but Jennifer Aniston starrer ‘The Bounty Hunter’ has become the highest grossing comedy at the Indian box office raking in nearly a crore in its opening weekend, according to distributors Sony Pictures.
The romantic comedy starring Aniston and Gerard Butler grossed Rs 98 lakhs off 52 prints, despite competition from the IPL cricket tournament’s final phase.
“The film benefited from the great chemistry between the lead actors, the unusual plotline, and the extraordinary buzz around the film,” said Kercy Daruwala, Managing Director, Sony Pictures, India in a press statement.
“We are really proud of its amazing success, especially as it released during IPL cricket fever. Monday collections continued to be very strong,” Daruwala said.
You guessed it… Jen made People Magazine’s 2010 world’s most beautiful list! Congratulations, Jen!!
“I feel beautiful when I’m laughing and surrounded by friends that know me and love me and vice versa,” says Aniston, who celebrated her 41st birthday in February with good pals Courteney Cox and Sheryl Crow in Mexico. “A good body scrub and massage do the trick as well.”
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Taking a break from the road, Dave Matthews is spending a few days in sunny Hawaii with his family.
Joined by his wife Jennifer and their adorable son August, the 43-year-old Dave Matthews Band frontman was spotted enjoying an afternoon of famliy bonding on the beaches on Maui this afternoon (April 26).
Dave is currently in the Aloha State to film the upcoming ensemble cast comedy Just Go With It alongside Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman and Adam Sandler and the musican-turned-actor has seemingly turned his business trip into a family vacation.
Meanwhile, Dave and the band are currently working on their follow-up to 2009’s Grammy nominated Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. No release date has been set.
I’ve updated the gallery with one of the first high quality production stills released for ‘The Switch’. Click on the image or link to view the larger photo in the gallery!
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Here’s the video of Jen’s Smartwater Shooting 2010 … enjoy!