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The Ladies of Reign Over Me

Published March 21, 2007 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Sony Pictures.
Reign Over Me deals with two men's friendship in the aftermath of 9/11, but there are important women on their journey too. Liv Tyler plays a therapist who pushes Adam Sandler's character to talk about his buried emotions. Jada Pinkett Smith plays Don Cheadle's wife, who questions his motivations for helping his long lost friend.

Liv Tyler and Jada Pinkett Smith on Reign Over Me

"I was really excited to be playing a doctor and therapist because I’d never in my career had not been the girlfriend or the ingénue," said Tyler. "So I was very nervous as well. I know it’s a small part, but it was something I took very seriously. I actually have a shrink in New York who I love. I spent a lot of time with her, hours on end. It was weird because I was actually learning some of her tricks and it suddenly made it very weird for me. She actually told me once that if I ever wanted to quit my day job I would be an okay shrink. I was like, ‘I think there something wrong with you saying that, but thank you so much.’"

Just as the film leaves Cheadle's characters intentions ambiguous (does he want to help or just escape his mundane life?), his wife's motivations are equally so. "You’re dealing with a relationship where you have two people who are no longer talking," said Pinkett Smith. "There is this riff that has been created between the two people and I think she really needed more of his support and was pretending to be supportive. I think the biggest problem in their relationship was that they had lost the sense of honesty and they’ve grown apart. They really didn’t know each other anymore which is one of the reasons I was really attracted to the movie."

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For both women, the film's main story inspired them to play their supporting roles. "The story as a whole touched me so much and I thought that it was so important that it was very real and not the caricature of what that would be like," said Tyler.

Pinkett Smith added, "The overall message of the of movie of this friendship and the idea of loss and these two people who have lost something and how through their friendship, they confront their losses and then they can learn to see the other side of the loss. Adam’s character being able to see that there might be life after this tragedy and being able to see, 'Okay my relationship is not where I want it to be right now. I’ve lost some elements of happiness but I’m going to move on the other side of that and find the life and love again.'"

Reign Over Me opens to theatres on March 23rd.

For the trailer, poster and more movie info, go to the Reign Over Me Movie Page.

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