Valentine's Day: Interview with director Garry Marshall

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"Valentine's Day," directed by Garry Marshall, has a star-studded cast featuring Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway and many more. The film is being released February 12 by Warner Bros.

Director Garry Marshall, who has successfully captured the many facets of love in some of the screen's biggest romantic comedy hits, offers, "Some people think Valentine's Day is the best thing and others try to block it out. It means different things to different people. The other holidays are all clearer," he adds with his trademark deadpan delivery, noting, "Christmas, we decorate a tree, you give me a present, we sing nice songs, go home, go to bed. New Year's Eve, you drink, you kiss at 12 o'clock, sing Auld Lang Syne and cry, go home, go to bed. That's simple. Got it. Arbor Day…not the biggest holiday, but getting bigger because we're all 'going green.' But Valentine's Day is vague. It's a hard holiday to define because love is so hard to define and that's why it makes for a good story. Why not do a romantic comedy about the day we're all concentrated on romance, and that's 'Valentine's Day.'"

Attracted by the Screenplay

Before any of the cast was in place, what first drew Marshall to the film was the original screenplay, written by Katherine Fugate. He recalls, "Mike Karz and Wayne Rice told me they had a movie they wanted to make with me. They said, 'It's a love story; you do those things.' I read the script and liked it and said, 'Let's go.'"

On the Relationships in the Film

Marshall states, "'Valentine's Day' covers various types of relationships, and I think they all work very well because all our actors were so good. The most important thing was finding the right chemistry. Nobody can define it, but the audience knows when it's there. The great actors and actresses can create it…and we certainly had a great cast."

He concludes, "We hope this movie inspires some people to take a chance on a relationship and maybe even fall in love. If you're in love it can be a wonderful thing; it's really nice when somebody needs you. Valentine's Day is a good day to give it a shot. But whether you're in a relationship or not, Valentine's Day can be stressful, so get ready."