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Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell Talk About 'When in Rome'


Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell in When in Rome

Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell in 'When in Rome.'

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Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel When In Rome Press Conference

Kristen, do you subscribe to the adage that you’ve got to play the character with the utmost seriousness when you’re doing the comic scenes?

Kristen Bell: "Yes and no. You have to be the character, but lucky for me the character was written fairly klutzy. I mean, people embarrass themselves on a daily basis. I know I do. And this character did a lot, which I think is what makes her likable and also leaves room for a lot of funnies. That vase breaking scene allowed me to get really physical, which sometimes when you see people getting physical, it’s just very funny. I’m very klutzy in real life to begin with and we just captured that on film. Basically, there wasn’t much training or stunt coordinating going on. I would just trip. Mark would happen to be rolling the camera and we would put it in the movie."

Would you say you constantly fall over things in real life?

Kristen Bell: "There’s a fair amount of that, yes. I also bruise like a peach. So yeah, I knock into things and I’m not the most coordinated person in the world."

How was your experience in Italy?

Kristen Bell: "Glorious."

Josh Duhamel: "I loved it. I mean, the only thing was it was just so hot. We were in the middle of a heat wave when we were shooting the stuff in Rome."

Kristen Bell: "And Italy has not discovered air conditioning. Yeah, that was different for us because we were so spoiled with every room being air conditioned."

Josh Duhamel: "But, for myself, I got to study a lot of art history in school, in college, and it was always a dream of mine to go to Rome and see some of the things there. So that, to me, was the best part of it. I had a day off when we were there. I remember I rented a Vespa and just went out and didn’t know where I was going and got to see a bunch of the sights in Rome. And I still can’t believe that I had the balls to do it because there’s nine million Vespas running around and cars and not knowing where I was going. So it was a great day."

Kristen, in the movie you picked Josh, the good-looking ex-jock, but in real life, out of all these characters, which one would you have picked?

Kristen Bell: (Laughing) "I’d still pick Josh."

But character-wise, would it be the funny guy or the artist?

Kristen Bell: "Oh gosh. I’d still pick the funny guy."

Kristen, is it true there’s going to be a Veronica Mars movie?

Kristen Bell: "Not as of yet. I’ve answered this question a lot and the way it stands right now, from the information that I have, is that Rob Thomas wrote the script or the treatment or the synopsis or whatever, and we brought it to Warner Bros. and Joel Silver and Warner Bros. had said there’s no enthusiasm to make a Veronica Mars movie at this point, which means they don’t think they can sell tickets. I think that the Veronica Mars fans would say otherwise but..."

Josh Duhamel: "I’d be there."

Kristen Bell: "Thanks, Josh. It’s all a matter of convincing them that people would see it, which I know some of the online groups that are still so dedicated are trying to do, which is awesome. But at this point we have no control because… One day Rob and I will just shoot it in his backyard. I’m positive of that."

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