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Starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes and Kevin Kline, the comedy is about "a guy and girl who try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it's not long before they learn that they want something more. They talked about working together, doing improv, do they really think friendship can survive sex without feelings, what is it really like to film sex scenes, and a lot more.
Hit the jump to either read a transcript or listen to the audio:. If you'd like to listen to the press conference, for the audio. Otherwise, the complete transcript is below. And if you missed the red band trailer for the film, . No Strings Attached opens this weekend. Question: Natalie, you had over a year of really rigorous training for 'Black Swan. Portman: You're like, 'How did you get fat so quickly?
It was like a palate cleanser after all of that really discipline and focus, a very serious kind of set to a really playful, fun — obviously everyone is still very professional on this movie, but there's an improvisational feel all the time and everyone is there to play. It was a really great atmosphere and I didn't have to workout because I was like, 'She's a doctor…they don't have time. Kutcher: Oh, man. Why do I always get these? It's really hard to say. You know, I think that romance sort of coincides with effort, so you can fall flat on your face, but as long as you're making a great effort I think it comes off as romantic.
So it can be something as simple as, like, if you're someone who doesn't cook you can make a meal. It's anything that has a little bit of vulnerability in it and requires great effort. So I think for me I'm a little bit of a workaholic and I was in a different country, and I had one day off, and I flew from that different country just to see someone for an hour and turned around and went back. So it was probably that. Question: Natalie, you were an executive producer on this movie.
How do you balance being the producer role and being the lead star in this movie? Portman: Well, it was a really exciting process to get to be involved for the first time, so early, working with Liz [Meriwether] and Ivan [Reitman]. I came on a couple of years I think before the project.
So to get to sort of watch their process and get to talk to them about the script, they were definitely controlling that process, but it was fun to be included in the sort of evolution of the script and seeing how it changed and why it changed, and to have Ivan's expertise of pacing and figuring out, 'Oh, at the end there needs to be more movement,' because in the original script that Liz wrote there was was sort of a contained scene at the end. He said, 'No. We have to get them moving, on the road. Kutcher: I wouldn't know.
I haven't been fortunate enough to try one of those relationships out. I really think that whoever you're with ultimately needs to be your friend. So all the really successful, happy relationships that I know of, the people that are together are friends, anyways. And I don't know that sex always has to have feelings, but I think that friendship always does. So if you're friends you're going to have feelings of some sort, some layer, some level of like a deeper feeling.
So I don't know that it's completely possible. Question: Ashton, this is Natalie's first rom-com. So, did you do anything to make her feel more at ease, or did you just tease her mercilessly and punk her? How did that work? Kutcher: I learned more from Natalie in one day of being on set together than I can ever possibly teach her in a billion years.
She may not have done a rom-com before, but she's done so much work on so many different levels. I mean, I even watch 'Garden State' or something like that, that's comedic in and of itself, but also is true, specific organic performances.
I don't know that there's anything I can really teach her. Portman: Well, that's very sweet, but he did all the time —. Portman: He would always tease me, like, 'Are you wearing flats again? Kutcher: It was mostly height jokes, and then she would get very much upset with me. She looks like my child when we stand next to each other. I asked if she could reach the pedals in the car one day. That didn't go over very well. Question: Natalie, did you create a back story for this character, to sort of figure out how she got to this point? Portman: Absolutely, but a lot of it was provided to me in Liz's script which was really wonderful about sort of having this incredible loss early on and not really wanting to be the sort of pillar for her family and not wanting to get hurt.
Also, I think most women know someone like this, if they're not like this themselves. They know what happens, that le you to a point where you're not even looking for intimacy anymore. You're just looking for the physical side and not the emotional side of it, but something breaks a little bit before you get to that point. It's not just a way that you're born. Question: This is for Liz and Ivan. Liz, when you wrote the script, in terms of the timing, this is probably an excellent Valentine's Day movie.
So did you write it with that in mind? Reitman: Really this is a studio decision on what the most benign date is for a particular movie. They said, 'How about January 21 st? Do people go to the movies on January 21 st? Look, this movie has been in development for a good three years. Two years where the three of us have been working and then Ashton got involved about a year ago.
You don't think about release dates. Meriwether: Although, I think they should create a holiday for friends-with-benefits relationships. Question: Thanks for advocating safe sex in the movie. It's really important in a movie about sex. Can you guys comment on the prevalence of sex in your movies, how that might affect teens and maybe how it's being glorified in the media recently?
Portman: Well, I'm not a teen. So, that's the first thing I'll say. I'm a grownup. Portman: Obviously, it is really prevalent in our country and I think that's part of what the movie addresses. We have so much sex in our media that's disassociated from emotions. We have so much separation between feeling, and the emotional and the physical side of sex.
They really do belong together. Yes, condoms were fake used in the fake sex scenes in this movie. Even from an educational level. And I do a lot of work on human trafficking and I connect a lot with girls that come up and end up in this trade, if you will, and partially because of a lack of education about sex in the country. I think that sometimes we get to make films that sort of open things up and make things that people can talk about. One of the things that I find really interesting in looking at this, and I don't want to veer off on a weird human trafficking thing, but one of the interesting things, especially for women, in the sex education process in schools, the one thing that they teach about is how to get pregnant and how to not get pregnant.
But they don't really talk about sex as a point of pleasure for women. The male orgasm is just right there and readily available to learn about because it's actually a part of the reproductive cycle, but a female orgasm isn't really talked about in the education system. Therefore part of that, I think as a spin off, creates a place where women aren't empowered around their own sexuality and around their own sexual selves. So from a purely entertainment point of view, to create a movie with a female lead that is empowered with her own sexuality I think is a really powerful thing.
I think if we can give teenage people something to think about from a sex perspective, I would say that it would be to start opening up a conversation where women are empowered with their own sexual experiences from an educational level, as well as an entertainment level. Portman: That was good. All the girls are like, 'Yes, yes, Ashton. You're totally right. Question: Ivan, this seems like the first real relationship comedy you've done.
Any challenge for tackling this type of genre for you? Reitman: It was a pleasure. Making this film was a pleasure. I think I got lost in making science fiction movies for a while. I think there's something about the power of a movie like 'Ghostbusters' that sort of twists one's head a little bit, and I suddenly realized when I started looking back at the films that I had made, that really so many of them had a kind of science fiction element to them, even a movie like 'Dave' about a doppelganger, that it's possible that two men—one of whom is the president of the United States—look exactly the same, and the other guy gets to take over, or 'Twins'.
When I started working with Liz on this thing I just loved the words. I loved the situations. I loved the comfort of being able to direct really fine actors in rooms where they just talked to each other and I really wanted to do that again. I think it's possibly even sort of watching my son do that in his films, sort of reawakened me to the real pleasure that a filmmaker can get from that. So I thank him for that. I had suddenly this extraordinary screenplay and I was able to find these wonderful actors, starting with Natalie and Ashton.
I found that sort of very exciting to do and very satisfying. Question: There are so many funny moments in this for you, Natalie. How much of what you did was improvised? Portman: Well, I have to say that Liz wrote ninety nine percent of what you see onscreen. Everything is really, really there in the script. It was really a very, very funny script, always. I think that's what always carried us through, but there were certain times for me. I don't know about other scenes, but for me I think the most was the pumpkin night, probably, when I was just screaming at the girls.
We had a lot of pumpkin related jokes that were going on for a very long time. Reitman: I also believe that improvisation is really just a directorial tool.No Strings Attached Sex Marshall
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