‘Polly’ prods laughs

Preemgoers unafraid of risky business

HOLLYWOOD — Universal’s comedy cabal turned out Monday for a movie about a subject near and dear to Hollywood suits: risk avoidance.

“Along Came Polly” writer-director John Hamburg said the actual inspiration for the tale — which starts with a risk-assessment analyst cuckolded on his honeymoon — came on a vacation to St. Bart’s with his girlfriend.

“I observed all these French men and thought, what would be the worst thing that could happen?” he said at the Highlands after-party as former collaborators Jay Roach and Tom Shadyac mingled nearby.

Hamburg, who directed indie pic “Safe Men” before scripting “Meet the Parents” and “Zoolander,” considers filmmaking in general a risky business. “The studio system is full of risk and the indie world is full of risk,” he said.

Co-star Debra Messing could see why the pic might resonate with those toiling in Hollywood, but she drew a larger lesson. “Just the whole thing about risk-taking and consequences of taking the safe route, in business and even more so in the personal life, I loved that,” she said.

Meanwhile, U’s Scott Stuber brushed aside talk of risk aversion and joint studio productions to point out that Hamburg’s track record with the studio made him a good bet and one “we’ll be happy to invest in for 20 years.”

Also on hand: U’s Ron Meyer, Stacey Snider; Jersey Films producers Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, newly returned from maternity leave; pic’s Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston with their spouses, plus Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety