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Kate Hudson Takes Comedy Seriously

Published July 9, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Universal Pictures.
You, Me and Dupree- Kate Hudson Kate Hudson in You, Me and Dupree
You, Me and Dupree is a “three’s a crowd” comedy with Kate Hudson acting frustrated with Owen Wilson’s antics while Matt Dillon tries to keep both of them happy. Hudson has done comedy before, but with her dramatic background she couldn’t help but appreciate the emotional heart of the story.

Kate Hudson on You, Me and Dupree


“It's funny because when I saw the movie, we shot so much, you never know how it's going to come out,” Hudson said. “Obviously, we leave set, and the product is in everybody else's hands. When I first saw the movie, not only was I laughing, but I was so impressed by the fact the Russo brothers really made a point to maintain some kind of ground and accessibility to how insane some of the comedy is. [They] actually try to have a point of view of the way it is when your best friend has a new best friend and when your marriage maybe isn't necessarily what you thought it was going to be. I actually got kind of emotional.”

Still, Wilson made it hard to be the straight girl. “I love to laugh and it was really hard for me to get through a lot of these scenes. Even when I had to cry, and I had to do that scene where I say, ‘Maybe sometimes love isn't enough.’ I had to try to be emotional, and I was really focused, but the second I saw Owen's face, I couldn't help it. He had that neck brace on, and I was like, ‘God, this is the hardest thing I ever had to do.’ But the Russo brothers were really very adamant about keeping it grounded, which I think the movie would be not as good of a movie if it wasn't. And for me, I just had to play straight.”



You, Me and Dupree- Kate Hudson Kate Hudson in You, Me and Dupree

Even when Hudson had done comedy, she usually gets to be the instigator. “Everything just had to be totally straight, and that was very challenging for me because I'm used to having sort of a cover up of being able to be so energetic and not totally grounded, just completely spontaneous. It was the opposite. I had to watch Owen do what is spontaneous and go for it, and I had to stay rooted. And my God, it was such a challenge.”

You, Me and Dupree pokes fun at the chaos ensuing when a couple invites their friend to stay, but Hudson appreciated the film’s moral. “I do love the idea that in marriage that no matter what through everything, even when it feels so bad and so wrong, that you do work at it. And you know, the Russos are married and they have amazing women in their lives. And I think that's kind of a wonderful ode to their wives because I think it shows that their women are their ground. Their women are their everything. It's what keeps them going. And I think it also shows that their women are strong. They stick through it and are demanding of them to stick with it. I do love that idea. But all in all, look, we're not talking about an Academy Award film. We're talking about a summer comedy that's a lot of fun and actually has a really sweet, emotional undertone to it that made me feel really good when I walked out of it.”

You, Me and Dupree opens to theatres on July 14th, 2006.

For the trailer, movie stills, more movie info and full synopsis, go to the You, Me and Dupree Movie Page.

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