The Ugly Truth of Gerard Butler
Interview with star Gerard Butler and review of the outrageously sexy romantic comedy The Ugly Truth from Columbia Pictures **** 4 Stars
By Robin Rowe
Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 7/23/09 – “I took inspiration from Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, the way the words are always flying in their films,” says The Ugly Truth star Gerard Butler. “The dynamic between men and women in this story is a little more outrageous than we’re used to seeing and what really hits home is how truthful it is. It allows the characters to say the kinds of things that make people think ‘I can’t believe he just said that,’ followed by ‘but it’s so true.’”
The Ugly Truth is a sexy comedy with heart and very funny. What would you get if you could take a classic romantic comedy with secret identities and clever dialog like Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, a film quite daring sexually for 1955, and make it as daring by today’s shock jock standard? You get The Ugly Truth, the perfect date movie. Butler brings not the suave Cary Grant of To Catch a Thief, but the rough funny Cary Grant of Father Goose. Katherine Heigl plays to perfection the
cool simmering blonde of Grace Kelly.
“What really convinced us is that when Gerry and Katherine Heigl met,” says The Ugly Truth producer Gary Lucchesi. “The chemistry between them was obvious.”
“Here we had this character who could just be a foul-mouthed shock-jock who says outrageous things, but Gerry found a way to make the character not only sympathetic but disarming, good-natured and attractive,” says The Ugly Truth director Robert Luketic. “He really captures that undeniable connection between the bad boy and the guy that women can’t help but be attracted to.”
“Mike has an enormous amount of dialogue, probably ten times the dialogue I’ve ever had in a film,” says Butler. “He has an opinion or a smart line for everything. The trick to portraying Mike Chadway was keeping some sense of his humanity because it’s a love story within the comedy. You could say Mike Chadway is sexist or misogynist or any of these things, but he’s also very smart, very funny and there’s something about him that’s very real and genuine.”
“I think what sets this movie apart is that it isn’t just a few funny moments inside of a romance like a typical romantic comedy,” says The Ugly Truth producer Tom Rosenberg. “It’s one funny scene after another with two leads who have great chemistry.”
For sexy comedy, The Ugly Truth is a better film than Knocked Up, the hit Katherine Heigl film starring Jack Black. Where Knocked Up would reach for the cheap laugh and gross out moment, The Ugly Truth sustains smart and sexy. The movie is an R not because of any naked body parts, but for the relentless attack on the embarrassing truths of the battle of the sexes. As Butler says, “It’s very honest, in an outlandish way, about what goes on in relationships between men and women.”
The Ugly Truth
Release Date: July 24th, 2009 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content and language.
Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.
Distributor: Sony Pictures
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