Setting the Tone for the Actors: They played it as neither. I think they played it actually as a real character piece. I think whats interesting is thats what allows it to move both into comedy and action, because the characters are taking their lives seriously.
A Different Mr and Mrs Smith if Nicole Kidman Had Remained Onboard: Nicole Kidman was the first star to express an interest in the film. Kidman signed on but had to back out when the filming of "Stepford Wives" made it impossible for her to star in "Mr and Mrs Smith." Had Kidman stuck around, the finished product would obviously have been very different. Goldsman said, Probably quite different, as is always the case. You know, when you think about Ronald Reagan almost having been cast in Casablanca, its impossible to imagine once something is fixed in celluloid or very difficult to imagine once something is fixed in celluloid what it would have been. (Laughing) For example, what would I have been with Brad Pitts looks?
Akiva Goldsman on the Deleted Baby Scene: We shot a scene in Italy. It was our 3rd or 4th reshoot and theres a scene where Im not going to spoil it for you because it really will be on the DVD and its a cute scene. Its about Mr and Mrs Smith and the little Smith.
Bettany Signs on to The Da Vinci Code: Goldsman is the man responsible for adapting Dan Brown's best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code." Very hands-on both as a writer and as a producer, he's looking forward to being on the set of "The Da Vinci Code" with his "A Beautiful Mind" and "Cinderella Man" director, Ron Howard.
Things are really starting to get busy as the start of principal photography on "The Da Vinci Code" draws near. Goldsman confirmed the major players are all in place. Thats the last of the principal casting. Paul Bettany is playing Silas and thats fantastic.
Akiva Goldsman on The Da Vinci Code Script: Im almost never done with scripts. I mean, were certainly getting close to production. I believe that scripting is an ongoing process.
His Thoughts on Cinderella Man Taking in $18 Million Its Opening Weekend: Goldsman wrote the screenplay for Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. The touching drama follows the true story of boxing champion Jim Braddock, a heavyweight fighter who gave America something to cheer about during the Great Depression. Reacting to the films box office performance, Goldsman said, What Im hoping is that people continue to see the movie because they like it. I dont really worry about opening numbers, I worry about ending numbers. I mean, Ive been very lucky in my life and career. Neither A Beautiful Mind nor A Time to Kill were ever number one and Im very proud of both of those movies, and Im very proud of Cinderella Man.