Larry Crowne: The King In All of Us

June 27, 2011  |  

Madame Noire caught up with the eclectic cast of Larry Crowne that includes Academy Award winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw from “Undercovers”, and Wilmer Valderrama of “That 70’s Show”. Have you ever come to a point in your life where in order to move forward, you had to reinvent yourself? But then you realized that the only version of yourself you knew was the one who had been getting by all this time? Larry Crowne is the story of a man who must do just that and Larry gives us all an example of how we can face the unknown with optimism and perseverance and maybe even get the things we want for ourselves along the way. Larry Crowne opens nationwide, July 1.

The Idea
“It was Tom’s idea, he came to me around 2005 or 2006…and Tom said ‘I have an idea for a movie, do you want to write it?’…We sat down in his office and laid out the entire idea, it was very clear in his head, if a man of 50 years old…through no fault of his own, had to reinvent himself.” – Nia Vardalos – Writer

“I wanted to examine the theme of reinvention and not just reinvention by way of fate dictating it but by your own proactive place in how you move on to whatever the next chapter of your life is going to be.” – Tom Hanks – Actor/Writer/Director

“There comes a time in your life where you’re called to not only reinvent yourself but to rebuild your spirit…that in your darkest times, there’s always room for a little light…[this movie] reminds us that no matter what our situation is, there’s always a way to celebrate life and to restart again.”  –Wilmer Valderrama – Actor

On Connecting with the Character
“All characters that we play are facets of ourselves…when I read the script, I definitely connected to Talia and her sass and confidence…I love my Talia side but there’s more to me too.” – Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Actor

“He (Tom Hanks) really empowered all of us to allow ourselves to live and breathe these characters and do what we would do as them. “ – Wilmer Valderrama – Actor

“I’m serious about my garage sales, I put the price tags on every item, I turned my yellow Tai-Bo kickboxing bag into a mannequin, I had mannequin heads with shades. So when I got this script, I identified with her.” –Taraji P. Henson – Actor

On Winning the Lottery
“I probably would have a garage sale…or I’d blow it all on shoes.” – Taraji P. Henson – Actor
“I would enjoy some little spoils of life, something quick, a sports car, I’m thinking Ferrari.” – Cedric the Entertainer – Actor

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