JB: I heard movie critic/talk show host Michael Medved review the movie, and he slammed it. I was furious. I’m not sure if because he’s a hardcore conservative, the movie offended him on some level. The weird thing, I feel if there’s a good film, none of that should matter. I loved the show Sex and the City, but hated the movies. I don’t care about shoes, or women gossiping…but good writing that makes me laugh, means I don’t have to fall into the ideal demographic to appreciate it. And everyone should love your movie.
JW: Thank you so much. I do realize there were some raunchier scenes that might not appeal to that type of demographic, but….
(at this moment, a guy in a black Mustang cuts me off. I slam on my brakes, and the phone slips from my hand. I pick it up quickly, wondering if Westfeldt is still on the line. She is, and is still going strong).
I agree with her, even though I missed most of what she said. I’m sure had I heard, I would’ve agreed with her.
JB: I didn’t want to ask you a lot of questions about Jon Hamm (Mad Men). And I’m guessing when promoting this movie, every single reporter has asked you about how you aren’t married but have been dating him for 15 years. Instead of asking about the similarities between any characters in the movie and real life…I thought I’d ask for you to give me a great story about him. It could be something like how you went to your high school reunion and brought him, and everyone went nuts (I think about how Rosario Dawson talked about in an interview how women came up and went crazy when she was out with Sex and the City actor Jason Lewis, and completely ignored her).
JW: Well, I appreciate you not wanting to ask me the same old questions, but I really don’t have a story like that. I’ve been with him so long, that all my friends already kind of knew him. When he got Mad Men and started getting famous, we were thrilled. Everyone was discovering him and it was kind of like – what took so long? We always knew he was talented, but…
(she goes into his character in the film being a jerk, and not just a perfect guy…and how in real life Adam Scott is the sweetest guy…but I’m looking at directions for a person I’m supposed to pick up, and trying to get around an 18-wheeler that’s going 48 mph in the right lane).
Westfeldt and I talked about the differences between men and women. The couple in the film plan to have a child together even though they’re just friends. Her character falls in love, while Scott continues to date (Megan Fox), as they had both planned.
She talked about the differences in men and women, mentioning it’s not always just in the bedroom. Men and women even fight different. She gives an example from the movie, in which Hamm and Scott have a shouting match at a ski lodge. Later they make up calmly over a few beers at a bar, both apologizing for the way they acted. She explained that if women fought this way, it would be a lot more dramatic, and more tears would flow. It was hard to argue that point.
As we’re discussing this, the two people I was picking up walk to my car. I give them a hand signal that indicates I’ll be with them in a few minutes.