- Title: USA: Holiday comedy "Four Christmases " stars Witherspoon and Vaughn
- Date: 27th November 2008
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (RECENT) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS KRISTIN CHENOWETH ON WHAT DREW HER TO THIS FILM, SAYING: "I'd heard about it, but that was kind of the extent of it. And then I get the call that Reese Witherspoon had kind of suggested me for this. And I thought that was a really cool thing. And I went and met the director, and he said 'You're so perfect to play her sister,' and that's how it happened. But what, what ultimately made me so attracted to the part was, that she was a little bit passive aggressive, a little bit evil to her sister. And those parts I love to have fun to play."
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- Country: USA
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- Story Text: Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn star in the new holiday comedy
"Four Christmases" that opens November 26 across North America. The film follows the story of a happily unmarried couple who are forced to endure spending Christmas with an assortment of eccentric relatives.
Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn star in a new holiday comedy "Four Christmases" that opens today (November 26) across North America.
The film follows the story of a happily unmarried San Francisco couple who are forced to endure Christmas with an assortment of eccentric relatives at four different households.
Brad (Vaughn) and Kate (Witherspoon) are dressed for the tropics and heading out of town on an exotic vacation. But when all of the flights at the airport are canceled due to heavy fog, the two must instead visit his father, her mother, his mother, and her father for a variety of yuletide festivities.
They count the hours until they can get away from their parents, step-parents, siblings, and an assortment of nieces and nephews. But by the end of the day, they are forced to examine the honesty of their own relationship and future.
Witherspoon told Reuters the film was a fresh look at how many families increasingly spend their Christmases.
"I never actually read too many Christmas movies. But I read this one, and I was very interested in the idea of people dealing with blended families, and it just seems that this is something that goes on in so many people's lives and there's never been a movie about it. So, I thought it would be really funny."
Kristin Chenoweth, who played a supporting role in the movie as Kate's older sister Courtney, says she got a good recommendation for the part.
"I'd heard about it, but that was kind of the extent of it. And then I get the call that Reese Witherspoon had kind of suggested me for this.
And I thought that was a really cool thing. And I went and met the director, and he said 'You're so perfect to play her sister,' and that's how it happened. But what, what ultimately made me so attracted to the part was, that she was a little bit passive aggressive, a little bit evil to her sister. And those parts I love to have fun to play."
The 40-year-old is both a stage and film actress, and a singer. She is well-known for playing a witch named Glinda in the Broadway hit musical "Wicked."
Witherspoon shared that the on-screen chemistry between she and Vaughn developed as a result of their friendship.
"We spent like five months together before we even started making the movie," explained the 32-year-old actress. "So we knew each other so well by the time we started, that we kind of knew where we are at.
You know, sometimes you just walk on a set and you have to start with somebody. But he and I had spent a lot of time. So we got to be good friends before we ever shot a frame of the film."
Actress Mary Steenburgen, who was cast as Kate's mother in the film, marveled at Vaughn's comic genius.
"I just think he's really deeply funny. And, he just does this stream-of-consciousness fast-talking stuff that comes out of his mouth, and he just constantly hits these like little veins of gold that, that just take your breath away. And he's, he's really truly hilarious."
Vaughn was not able to attend the Hollywood premiere or be interviewed for the film because he is currently on location in Bora Bora working on his next film, "Couples Retreat."
Actors Jon Voight, Jon Favreau, and Robert Duvall, and actress Sissy Spacek also star in the film, along with country singers Tim McGraw and Dwight Yoakam.
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