Though the word “Jersey” often conjures images of leaking Superfund sites, docile cows or Jimmy Hoffa’s cement-related internment, at Tuesday’s Village Theater preem of U/Col’s “Erin Brockovich” it meant superior films.
U’s production prexy Kevin Misher said the reason Jersey Films has been able to produce a quiver of fine movies, including “Pulp Fiction,” “Out of Sight” and “Get Shorty,” is “they have an intelligence that informs every decision. They never go for the lowest common denominator. They’re always looking for the challenging answer.”
“Erin” screenwriter Susannah Grant said the company “protects their filmmakers really well. They don’t let a script run all over town. A script loses energy when it goes ’round and ’round.” U’s chief operating officer Ron Meyer said Jersey has “an accumulation of great taste. They get it. Plus they understand the studio’s problems and the talent’s problems — they bring it all together.”
As for “Erin,” one recurring comment at the tented after-party was the need to suspend disbelief when the Julia Roberts character gets excited over a $2 million check. “Like (Roberts) would leave the house for $2 million,” was one industryite’s comment.
Among those who left the house to see “Erin Brockovich” were U’s Stacey Snider and Rick Finkelstein; Jersey’s Danny DeVito, Stacey Sher, Carla Santos Shamberg and Michael Shamberg; director Steven Soderbergh; stars Roberts, Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart; plus Sony’s John Calley, Amy Pascal, Brian Medavoy; and guests Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, Neal Moritz, Lou Pitt, Nick Reed, Steve Stabler and Denzel Washington.