Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon tackles her first action role in This Means War, where the love of a woman turns best friends and super-spies Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine) into rivals, using all the hi-tech tools and muscle at their disposal to wage an epic battle. Lauren, who from being recently dumped and dateless comes across two of the hottest and charming guys she has ever met. Unknown to her, FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) are the CIA’s best secret agents and have been friends since childhood. FDR and Tuck then made a gentleman’s agreement to hide the truth from Lauren and let her choose the best man. What happens is a series of outrageous tactics to help prevent Lauren from falling in love and sleeping with the other.
“It’s every woman’s fantasy to have two unbelievably hot, sexy guys battling over you,” says Witherspoon. “Lauren doesn’t know that Tuck and FDR are secret agents for the CIA. THIS MEANS WAR is almost like two different movies. My character’s in a comedy and Chris’ and Tom’s are in a big action film.”
Witherspoon also appreciated the two sides of Lauren. “At work, Lauren is the most decisive woman in the world, but in her personal life, she’s very indecisive. I think a lot of people can relate to her feeling of, ‘Am I picking the right guy for me.’”
It’s a tough choice, to be sure, because her suitors are handsome, smart, romantic…and the world’s greatest secret agents. For generations, movie audiences have been entertained and beguiled by the thrills, chills and sex appeal of super spies. “With FDR and Tuck, we were going for the classic movie special agent,” says McG. “What’s sexy about that world is it’s life and death; it’s international; and it’s the antithesis of what most people experience in their everyday lives. I think we all want to travel around the world, go to exotic locations, drive fancy cars, fire guns, and be romantically irresistible. We’re having fun with that, and FDR and Tuck are incredibly proficient in that world. But when it comes to affairs of the heart, they’re just like everyone else. Clueless.”
“In her work she’s a very decisive woman, but in her romantic life she’s just a disaster. The man she moved from Atlanta with ended up leaving her, shattering her heart and crushing her spirits, so she’s been debilitated. She hasn’t been able to date, she hasn’t been able to go out. Chelsea Handler’s character Trish is her only friend because she works so much, so she’s finally decided she’s going to enter the dating world,” says Witherspoon of her role.
On her first meeting with Tuck and FDR, Reese relates that “She meets Tuck, played by Tom Hardy, on a dating website and they have an awkward first date that ends up going really well; then she ends up meeting Chris Pine’s character, FDR, in a video store. They’re both excited about their new relationships, and there’s this great reveal where they show each other a picture of their girl, and it’s the same girl. It’s a great scene between two men – like, ‘what do you do if you’re best friends and you like the same girl?’ It brings up all that territorial male dominance stuff.”
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And find out who Reese will ultimately choose when “This Means War” opens February 22 (Wednesday) in Philippine theaters nationwide.