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Josh Lucas: Romantic Lead & The Big Green Monster

Josh Lucas: Romantic Lead & The Big Green Monster

Seeing Josh Lucas perfect his comedic timing in Sweet Home Alabama, one might imagine that he is a romantic comedy veteran, or, a comedy veteran at the least. "I don't have comedic instincts," Lucas admitted, sitting in front of a picturesque window looking out at the whole of Atlanta, his first trek their since filming SHA earlier in the year.

"The guy (I played" in The Deep End is a predator of a human being…as opposed to (the character, Jake in) Sweet Home Alabama where you are literally trying to portray a sense of something you believe in yourself, where you came from (and) who you are…it was something I was terribly uncomfortable doing."

Very little comedy was needed for Lucas' past work in films like You Can Count On Me, American Psycho, A Beautiful Mind, and his upcoming role in next summer's The Hulk, making SHA his first shot at a light-hearted role.

"I'm not someone who's light. So, having to play a very light person, I forced myself to watch Comedy Central and every romantic comedy I could possibly find. (Working on this movie) changed my life."

Like in most difficult transitions, a leader is sought to make the change less bumpy. In Lucas' shift from dark to light, he credits director Andy Tennant.

"My instincts are very specific and if I can get someone who can tweak them and play with them then I'm fine. I have to have someone who REALLY knows comedy for me to really trust so I don't get lost. Andy is the kind of guy you can sit here with and he'll have you rolling laughing. I was like 'How do I do the line, And?' and he'd drop the whole crew into laughter. I'd be like 'I could never get it close to that, you have to change the line now, you just ruined it!' It all comes down to the director, comedy's not my forte."

His forte or not, Josh Lucas will fool you into thinking he's been doing this for years.

Sweet Home Alabama is in theatres September 27, 2002

NOTES:

When we asked Lucas about the reported difficulties in creating the CGI Hulk for next summer's blockbuster in waiting, he said:

"I've seen in. You will never see anything like it. Remember when you first saw Jurassic Park and you were like 'oh my god?' This technology is TEN years beyond that now and it's something that's never been put on film, and they have an extraordinary challenge because they have a director who's not going to let one moment go by that doesn't seem like you're actually watching a beast. You're watching it and…there's a green monster right there. Most of my stuff is with him and the stuff they did in Spiderman…this is an evolution of that."

Director Ang Lee's The Hulk hits theaters June 20, 2003.

Peter Oberth
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