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George: We looked at His Girl Friday, and I was watching this Capra documentary where he was talking about the greatest screwball romantic comedy he'd ever seen. It was a film called The More the Merrier, which was a film I didn't know. I felt like a moron, because when you see it, it was nominated for five Academy Awards, with Joel McCray and who was the actress?
Renée: Oh you can't ask me that. You can't depend on me for those things.
George: I see that. It was so beautifully done, and so quick and smart. But you couldn't take Rosalind Russell and do that performance now. I mean, she's brilliant in it, but if Renée was in there going, "So! Why not! It doesn't matter! I don't care! Whatever!" - it just won't play. So it's finding that heightened level, and it's hard to find actors that don't feel contemporary when you put them in period pieces. It's a strange thing - I have that problem at times - we slur or we say "y'know" a lot, or we try to explain too much. But Renée has an incredible ability to just walk into a period piece like that and be impeccable. What else did we look at? Certainly, The Philadelphia Story - we ripped that off.
Renée: Well, I was looking at all the Katharine Hepburn films: Bringing Up Baby and anything with Spencer Tracy, like Adam's Rib.
How was it to direct yourself in a football scene?
When you're doing all the jobs - writing, directing, producing, acting - who keeps check?
As a UN ambassador, you were at Downing Street today, talking to Gordon Brown about Darfur...
So what is it about you that women love, George?
Renée: [huge guffaw]
American football is pretty incomprehensible outside America, are there any sports that you can't understand?
DORCHESTER, LONDON, 8.APR.08
25.Apr.69, Katy, Texas
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