Weaver’s in good ‘Company’ with helmer

Dilemma: admiration or adoration for thesp, co-star sez

Douglas McGrath, co-helmer, co-writer and co-star of comedy pic “Company Man,” which Paramount Classics bowed Monday, warmed up guests with some dry humor just moments before the film’s screening.

“I am not at all hyperbolic, but even within our small budget, we were able to hire a cast,” he said jokingly about the trials of making the film.

At the party in the MGM Screening Room’s cozy lobby, McGrath said of his co-star Sigourney Weaver: “I was a little nervous, she has so much talent. The only dilemma I had was my inability to decide whether or not I admired her or adored her more.”

Weaver recalled their meeting. “He wrote me a letter asking me to be his wife in the film,” Weaver said. “You don’t read scripts like this anymore. It was ludicrous. I liked the mix of truth and farce.”

The sparsely attended party included no Par Classics execs due to the weather, but those who showed up included pic’s other writer-helmer, Peter Askin; cast member Ryan Phillippe with Reese Witherspoon; and guests Jane Curtin, Isabella Rossellini, Stephanie March and Breckin Meyer.

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