USA Today (April 4, 2014)
Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton come together for the first time onscreen in Rob Reiner‘s “And So It Goes.” An exclusive first look.
In their lengthy Hollywood careers, Diane Keatonand Michael Douglas have never shared the screen.
That changes this summer with the romantic comedy And So It Goes, opening July 11.
“It’s really surprising that they haven’t worked together,” says director Rob Reiner, who worked with Douglas in 1995′s The American President. “But they loved the idea of doing it together and we were lucky to get them.”
It might seem like an unlikely pairing for Keaton, but Reiner says the 68-year-old actress has made a career out of being the sweet next to the salty both onscreen (Jack Nicholson in Something’s Gotta Give) and off-screen (dating Nicholson and Warren Beatty).
“She actually does like the bad boys,” says Reiner. “She likes a guy who is a little rough around the edges.”
Keaton finds plenty of rough as a soft-hearted lounge singer who finds herself living next door to Douglas’ misanthropic and proudly offensive real-estate agent Oren Little in a humble apartment building.
After his Emmy winning role as the flamboyant Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, Douglas wears a clearly lower-quality bathrobe here as a man who doesn’t care how he’s being perceived.
“Bathrobes can really tell you a lot about someone,” says Douglas. “They are an important part of costume design.”
Little has his reasons for bitterness. His wife, the love of his life, left him heartbroken when she died of cancer. Further, his drug-addicted son heads to prison, leaving a 9-year-daughter Little didn’t even know existed.
Douglas says he was intrigued initially reading the screenplay after his own bout with cancer and his real-life troubles with his own son Cameron, who has been incarcerated in a Pennsylvania prison since 2010 due to drug offenses.
“It did make me smile when I read the script, all of a sudden you realize it’s not as unique a situation as it seems,” says Douglas. “There are a lot of differences, but it’s about how life plays these tricks on you. One moment everything is perfect and the next it’s not.”
Working together with Keaton was as good for Douglas as he could have hoped — “she’s very comfortable in her own skin.” And the actress shows singing chops during a lounge act, including one scene in front of Frankie Valli playing a club owner.
“Very early on I walked into this club and heard this beautiful voice singing,” says Douglas. “I thought Diane was lip-syncing, but it was actually her. She has a great voice.”
In terms of screen chemistry, Douglas believes Keaton made for an even better lip locking partner than his Candelabra co-star, Matt Damon. “Sorry Matt, hate to blow the whistle on you,” says Douglas. “Matt surprised me, mind you. But Diane is a great kisser.”
Reiner believes Baby Boomers will be seeking out this kind of comedy centered around a love story in a summer filled with tent-pole blockbusters. The idea of the story came to him when promoting 2007′s The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson. When asked what was on his own list, Nicholson responded, “One more great romance.” It gave Reiner film inspiration.
“Here you have these two people who are still vibrant, still attractive and still sexual beings,” says Reiner. “There are a lot of Baby Boomers who are not in a relationship who are not ready to hang it up. Many people are looking for that one more great romance.”
by Bryan Alexander