Diane Keaton

Something's Gotta Give

Diane Keaton and writer-director Nancy Meyers have worked together on and off for more than 15 years, with their most recent collaboration, “Something’s Gotta Give,” yielding some major kudos buzz.

Keaton has nabbed a Golden Globe nom for lead actress in a comedy and honors from orgs such as the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.

Meyers was adamant that only Keaton take the role of “Something’s” Erica Barry, a divorced playwright of a certain age who’s rumored to be modeled in part on the filmmaker.

“Nancy is always fighting for me,” says Keaton, who has starred in four films penned by Meyers. “It has never been easy, dating all the way back to ‘Baby Boom.’ I am not quite sure what she sees in me, but even if it is just familiarity, I love her for it.”

To Meyers, the Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall”) is “an original and funny woman who manages to be off-center yet completely centered at the same time. It’s her mystique. I find her fascinating because her intelligence comes through in every film she does. I am sure that is one of many reasons why Woody Allen loves to write for her as well.”

Keaton, however, had some trepidation about creating onscreen chemistry with Jack Nicholson. “I was so scared to be in love — how would it be to work with Jack?” Keaton remembers. “I knew I had to love him, and I was afraid we would not have that thing between us that makes it all convincing. He is a legendary American myth after all.

“But, there are not very many parts for women over 50 in this business, especially not romantic comedies. Who am I to say no?”

In hindsight, Keaton must be pleased with the outcome — even if she did have to endure the most intimate of moments in front of the camera including near-full-frontal nudity, a passionate lovemaking scene and her tearful proclamation of love to a man she thinks will never be seriously interested in her.

“Having your heart break like Erica’s did is the essence of what it is to be human,” Keaton says. “Rarely am I ever that unguarded; I will remember that feeling forever.”

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  1. sanman$ says:

    I went to the Neighborhood Playhouse for two years with Diane (Hall) Keaton (1965-67) and I used to take her to the movies and we were in summer stock together in 1967 in Woodstock, N.Y. I ran in to her in 1969 and again in 1970 in Central Park and she introduced me to Woody Allen. But when we met at Tavern On The Green in 2008 she treated me like a stranger and wouldn’t speak to me. I gave her a video of a play I’d written called “The Sanitation Chronicles” and kissed her on the check and said same old Diane, as beautiful as ever. But she didn’t say a word to me. I thought her behavior was really strange.

    • sanman$ says:

      I’m Paul Brno and I’ve been an actor all my life. I never became rich and famous like Diane Keaton or the late Ray Sharkey so I had to work as a waiter and bartender and doorman and finally as a garbageman for the NYC Dept. of Sanitation for 24 years. I worked with crazy people and morons. I hated the job. And every day I’d ask myself, isn’t there something else I’d rather be doing like starring in a movie or a TV show? I wrote a play all about it called “The Sanitation Chronicles”. I retired 2 years ago and now I want to turn my sanitation play into a move and star in it because it’s never too late to be what you might have been. Wish me luck!

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