Garry Marshall’s new romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, spotlights a diverse group of people celebrating February 14th in their own special ways. Couples and singles experience the pinnacles and pitfalls of finding, keeping or ending relationships in a day in the life of love.
The actors who are courting the girls in the movie include Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace. They got together to talk about the film and their own experiences with love.
What was your best Valentines Day?
Jamie Foxx: When I first got here, when I didn’t have the name tag, it was a little interesting to even try to date in L.A. I met this girl on Monday, it was incredible. We went to party, kicked it, went back to my crib, made love and then after that it was like we cuddled and talked. This was on a Monday. Then I woke up in the morning and I smelled something. It was breakfast. She was cooking breakfast. I was like wow, she’s great. Hung out, then she left.
That was back when there were no cell phones. It was land lines so I didn’t call Tuesday and then Wednesday I didn’t call. Then Thursday I was like, “Man, what happened?” Then Thursday I was at the club and I saw her with another guy and she spoke to me. ‘Hey Jamie, how are you?’ ‘Hey, girl.’ She was like, ‘This is Michael. I told him all about you.’ And I said, ‘Okay, cool.’ And she said, ‘Oh, and by the way. He has a Range Rover like yours only it’s this year’s.’ So it was sort of a bad experience.
Any ideas for a healthy Valentine’s Day?
Ashton Kutcher: I think watching this movie is a healthy Valentine. We had a green set so there was a lot of dedication to that on this movie; using solar panels and clean energy and recycling. Due to the fact that the movie was shot in L.A. actually made that an easier thing to make happen. In some ways it worked out and in some ways it didn’t, but I think that every opportunity we have in our industry to make what we’re doing something more an environmentally conscious effort is a good thing. So this movie was mostly a green movie. So coming and supporting a movie that was made that way I think can contribute to that.
Ashton, are you a romantic in real life like your character?
Ashton Kutcher: I had the good fortune of playing a florist in this movie and one of my best friends is a florist so I got to work with him and what I really learned about that was these guys are sort of like the real cupids, passing these messages off from one person to the next person. The way that arrangement shows up can really dictate the resulting relationship. It’s almost like if you can find somebody like that, that can really translate what it is that you’re trying to say, it’s a big deal. So that was my experience on this movie. As far as being a romantic, I don’t know. I love life and I love people and I love sharing and so I think yes, I am, I would say.
Topher Grace: There wasn’t a Valentine’s Day that went by on That ‘70s Show where I didn’t get a card or something from Ashton!
Ashton Kutcher: I did all kinds of nice things.
Topher Grace: It was very, very romantic.
What was it like to be back in a comedy, Jamie?
Jamie Foxx: We had a great time. To work with Garry Marshall, to be back in comedy was great. And I was so excited for the chance to work with everybody, it was a ball. I had a good time.
It seems like love and the pursuit of it is what everyone wants. It’s like a drug. People want to be happy and that’s really the only thing that makes them happy. Can you comment on if you think that’s the case?
Ashton Kutcher: When it comes to love everyone wants to receive it but at the end of the day you don’t get to receive it until you start to give it. I think it goes for everything—what you give is what you receive. If you want the drug you have to give the drug.
In the movie you have a pity party because you hate Valentine’s Day. What are some other suggestions you have for those who like and dislike the holiday?
Topher Grace: I would say go see the movie. There are so many pointers in there and really you don’t get anything out of it unless you’ve seen it twice!
This film makes use of LA but it’s universal, not just an LA film don’t you think?
Ashton Kutcher: A friend of mine once told me that Los Angeles is a city filled with the second best looking person from every town across the America. The best looking person stays home because they have it good there.
Topher Grace: By the way, wouldn’t you like to meet the guy in Iowa who is better looking than Ashton?
Why does this one Valentine’s Day matter when you put so much work into a relationship the rest of the year?
Jamie Foxx: Women are built different. You’ve got to remember all of these dates and put it in your cell phone if you have to, the birthdays and anniversaries and all of that. So get all those dates down. The most important thing is, four or five days before that day comes, get something for her so you’re prepared. Then you can go without doing something the rest of the year!