Jennifer Aniston stars as Brooke, an art-loving, meticulous woman who has had it up to here with her live-in boyfriend, Gary (Vince Vaughn). After two years together it's over - but there's a huge problem. Neither one is willing to give up the terrific condo they bought as a couple...
There are No Bad Guys in The Break-Up: Jennifer Aniston doesnt feel her character is necessarily the films good guy, or even the bad guy for that matter. I think thats whats so well done about how they wrote it, because no one is really the bad guy. Theyre both flawed. They both sort of fall short, and thats the problem.
She was playing games, so they both sort of had their [moments]. But I guess from the beginning in the 12 lemons scene she definitely was the good guy.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The Break-Up is, well, all about breaking up, leading into the following question put to Aniston: Is closure important to a relationship? Well I would think so, yeah, answered Aniston. I mean for any relationship, romantic, friendship, anything, work there should always be a sense of closure and clarity as to why it happened so that you can sort of move cleanly into your next phase.
Aniston was also open to talking about the irony of shooting The Break-Up while in the middle of breaking up with Brad Pitt. It was ironic. I mean, at the time it was something I thought about, you know? You kind of cant believe [it] when I first got the phone call that a movie called The Break-Up was coming. I kind of laughed and thought, Thats funny. And sure enough it was. I kind of found it something like a sign or something to do it because, in a way, it was a cathartic thing. I felt very lucky in a way. If this had come to me at any other time in my life, I dont know if I would have been able to really get it for myself on the level that I would have wanted to as an actor.
Baby Wanted 12 Lemons: One of the scenes in The Break-Up that generates the most laughs has to do with Aniston as Brooke and Vaughn as Gary arguing over lemons. She asked him to bring home 12 and he only buys three. Aniston says their arguments may look painful on the screen but were actually fun to shoot.
We had a ball, admits Aniston. We really had such a really strict rehearsal schedule where we were in there for two weeks straight, and we really nailed down every scene. We walked through it. We sort of improved. We kind of some scenes didnt get touched. The 12 lemons really didnt because that was just kind of perfectly written. Its more fun than anything cause it is so relatable. Everybody is sitting there going, Oh my God. It always is about 12 lemons versus three. Those are the fights that people have, these silly arguments. So it was kind of fun in the irony of it all. It was good.
On Working with Vince Vaughn: The script was good but Aniston and her fellow co-stars did improvise (something Vaughns famous for doing). When I say improvisation, explained Aniston, that was more during the rehearsal time when we were trying to nail down just specifics for Brookes kind of voice and stuff. So I couldnt say which scenes specifically they were in, but working with Vince is just like working with a pro tennis player - if youre into tennis. Hes such a professional; hes so good at his job. Hes so funny and hes such a great actor, aside from being comedic. So for me, it was just You get those moments pretty rarely. You get to have the kind of volleys, as I like to say.
Aniston continued. You can kind of tell pretty quickly when you work with someone, Oh, this is going to be easy. Oh, this is going to be a tough one. And so it was pretty. He asks questions. He listens. Hes interested in other people. Its not just about him.
The Nude Scene: Aniston didnt panic over the scene although she admits it was the one of the few times she ever watched the dailies. Luckily I had been hitting the gym before that already, said Aniston. No, you dont panic about your physical shape. You panic that you just need to be naked, period.
And just for the record, its all Aniston in the film. She didnt use a body double. No, I definitely didnt. The problem is because the way it was shot, it was so specifically me. They wanted to make it a tricky camera so you saw the face and then you go to the back. It was hard to cut, unless you did it. You dont want to do a butt double really. Thats iffy.