Kate Hudson pressured the studio to cast Matthew McConaughey alongside her in the 2003 romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”
According to Variety, Hudson discussed her insistence on the casting during a Life in Pictures chat at BAFTA in London this week.
“I’m such a cheerleader for actors in our industry, but for rom-coms you need that guy to have chemistry with,” the “Almost Famous” actor said, speaking of the casting process for the movie. “We just kept hitting our heads against the wall, and the studio and I weren’t agreeing.”
Allegedly, former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry Lansing asked Hudson for her top choice to play her romantic co-lead, to which the actress responded with McConaughey.
“We had an energy together, I wanted to play with him,” she said. “It felt kinetic. We both have a competitive spirit, we’re both super athletic. We like to push each other and I just love Matthew’s commitment to everything; he’s razor-focused. What you think he is, he is.”
Hudson also discussed the differences in acting for comedy and acting for drama.
“Comedies are more exhausting, to keep that pace all day and to find the energy. When the day is done doing comedy, I want to go to bed. When the day is done doing drama, emotional work, I want to go for a drink.”
Elsewhere, Hudson discussed being open to acting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She discussed her half-brother Wyatt Russell telling her “You gotta do a Marvel,” after he acted in the Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
I’d be open to it, for sure. Why not? If it was right, I would love it, I think I’d have a lot of fun,” she said.
Hudson currently stars as part of the ensemble cast in Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.”
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