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Talking to The Man (& Women) From ’The Other Woman’

by Fred Topel
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Apr 29, 2014

After Jaime Lannister's controversial act on a recent "Game of Thrones," Nikolak Coster-Waldau is not going to be making any more friends with his new movie. In the new comedy hit "The Other Woman," he plays a three-timing bastard whose wife (Leslie Mann) and two girlfriends (Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) all find out about each other. Rather than attacking each other, they team up to get revenge on him.

"He's a real prick and gets what he deserves," Coster-Waldau said. "No question about it. It was amazing. All three of these women were amazing. Leslie, Cameron, they are brilliant actresses. They've done this for a very long time. They have impeccable timing. They both like to keep the scene open for as long as possible, to come up with ideas. I really had to stay on my toes to keep up with them to try not to get in their way. I learned a lot from them. Kate, this is her first movie. I'm just amazed by how she pulled it off. It's not easy playing the naïve young character."

Mann’s hives

The ladies weren’t all girls against boys either. Mann in particular proved to be a huge "Game of Thrones" fan. "It was a thrill for me too because I got to make out with the hot guy from ’Game of Thrones,’" Mann said. "I’ve been married for 17 years and was like, ’Yes!’ You know how actors say, ’It’s really technical. The sex scenes are so technical. It’s like work.’ And I’m like, ’That’s bullsh*t.’ So I was so excited to make out with him and then we did the kissing scene and he’s got this scruff. I got red, but not just red, I broke out into full hives. They thought maybe it was his aftershave or something."

Coster-Waldau also shot a very intimate scene with Upton that ultimately did not even make the final cut. So he’s gone around talking about the deleted sex scene which involved Upton dominating him with a whip (and getting bruised in the process)."Okay, well, let’s start off with I said that I didn’t feel comfortable with the scene and somebody said that he was totally down for the scene," Upton said. "I’m a horseback rider. I know how to use a whip."

About that bruise

The bruise remains legendary to the actor - he still brags about it. "I thought she did a terrific job," he said. "I’ve never seen colors that beautiful before. I still have it. But it didn’t hurt that much. Well, it did when she hit me. It never made the cut so I felt we had to talk about this. I have to get something out of it. There was just something about it that was so funny. Kate did exactly what she was told to do and she did it full on, she gave it her best and she’s a strong girl."

For her first movie, Upton felt welcomed into the female trio, but learned that movies aren’t the same as modeling. No stranger to bikinis herself as a Sports Illustrated model, she found wearing a bikini for a movie to be a more awkward experience.

"I’m so lucky," Upton said. "I didn’t know what to expect when I first came on set and they opened their arms to me and made me feel really comfortable instantly. They supported me every step of the way. Like when I was shooting the bikini scene, normally when you go to a beach everyone’s wearing bikinis, but on a film you’re the only one and there’s 60 people staring at you. They’re doing their jobs, but they’re still staring at you. I was so uncomfortable and these girls saw that I was uncomfortable and came out and ran off camera with me, just encouraging me and not letting me be alone. They were like that the whole way filming. I’m just so blessed to have them on my first film."

Sisters helping sisters

Friendship permeated "The Other Woman" on and off set. In the story, Carly (Diaz) discovers her boyfriend Mark (Coster-Waldau) is married to Kate (Mann). When Kate comes to confronting Carly, she realizes she needs a female friend more than anything so enlists Carly’s help dealing with her divorce. While working together, Carly and Kate discover Amber (Upton), Mark’s third mistress.

"I felt this was such a unique film," Diaz said. "Usually when it’s a story about three women all being involved with the same man, it usually ends with some sort of eyeballs being scratched out and some weaves being snatched off. So we decided that wasn’t the story we wanted to tell. We didn’t want it to be a story about revenge. We wanted it to be a story about utilizing the commonality between the three of them having a relationship with the same man to be a catalyst to bring them together because otherwise, these three women would not know each other. It’s not only just a story about friendship and women and how we support one another, and how we’re there for one another, but it also shows how different these women are. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses and how their strengths and weaknesses help them in their own way. They empower one another because of those strengths and weaknesses."

True to life

Upton related to the script as well. "I know that in my life, my girlfriends are one of the most important relationships I have, going through the good times and the bad times," Upton said. "So it really was an amazing script because it shows that it’s true in real life."

"The Other Woman" was written by Melissa Stack and produced by Julie Yorn. Nick Cassavetes directed it, but Mann felt it was a truly female driven film. "It seems like a lot of the other movies with the same kind of idea written by men and directed by men, not that that’s a bad thing, they like to perpetuate this idea of women fighting over them," Mann said. "They brainwash us into believing that that’s what we’re supposed to do. So it’s nice and refreshing to have this new twist on it."

About that rating

Friendship may be the overriding theme of "The Other Woman," but when they get their revenge, they get it good. Diaz recalled the classic female revenge film "9 to 5" in which colleagues Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda got revenge on their boss, Dabney Coleman.

"’9 to 5’ is actually one of my favorite movies," Diaz said. "I watched it a thousand times as a child, literally a thousand times. My girlfriend had a VCR. She had four movies and that was one of the movies so we watched it constantly. That was something I really loved about this movie was the same thing where it was three women who would have never come together for any other reason except that they had something in common, which was this common cause. That’s the feeling I wanted this movie to have. It was a huge influence."

"The Other Woman" is an edgy comedy, and nowhere near as raunchy as other films in which Diaz has starred like "There’s Something About Mary" and "The Sweetest Thing." But when the MPAA first gave "The Other Woman" an R rating, Diaz appeared before the ratings board to petition them.

"I have to say that I completely admire and understand there are guidelines in which we have to be under to get a certain rating," Diaz said. "I appreciate the MPAA for what they do and how they structure that, but we just felt it wasn’t a rated R [film]. We felt it was PG-13 and felt very strongly about that. In the end, we were able to plead a case that showed that they agreed as well."

In the end, Diaz doesn’t know what she said to change the MPAA’s collective mind, because they deliberated in private. "I’m not certain because I don’t know why they voted the way they did. All I know is that we went and pleaded our case and they gave it to us. We’re very grateful and happy because we really think it is a PG-13. There’s nothing in it that, to us, feels like an R film in this movie."

"The Other Woman" is in theaters.


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