Video:Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith - The House Bunnywith Rebecca Murray
Writing partners Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz are no strangers to the romantic comedy genre having penned 'Legally Blonde' and '10 Things I Hate About You.' Now they're back with another rom com with 'The House Bunny' starring Anna Faris.See Transcript
Transcript:Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith - The House BunnyRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the Los Angeles Premiere of The House Bunny.
Writers/Executive Producers Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz
You guys like to write this type of comedy, especially a female driven comedy. Why? What's so appealing?
Kirsten Smith: "These are the movies that we like to see so this is what we want to write, so we can't help it."
Karen McCullah Lutz: "And we like to prove that chicks can be just as funny as guys."
And females can drive the box office too, right?
Karen McCullah Lutz: "Yes."
Kirsten Smith: "Let's hope so. Let's hope females are driving the box office this weekend."
Karen McCullah Lutz: "Well, Reese [Witherspoon] proved it with Legally Blonde so we know that Anna [Faris] can do it with this one."
How was it working with her because she was very collaborative in the whole entire process, right?
Karen McCullah Lutz: "Yeah. She came up with the character. We came up with the story. It was all our own baby together and, yeah, she's amazing."
Kirsten Smith: "That's why tonight is very moving to see her walk the red carpet, her face plastered all over these posters. I mean, this is her moment so we're thrilled to be a part of it."
How much does the script change when you actually cast the roles? Did you have to go back and rewrite anything, like when you get a Rumer Willis or somebody onboard?
Karen McCullah Lutz: "Certain things change along the way. And the producers - Adam Sandler and his crew - threw in some things. The director threw in some things. So it's a very collaborative process. The heart of our story is still there."
That's important. It does have a lot of heart. It's not just her changing them into a group of hotties. There's a message behind it, right?
Kirsten Smith: "Yes. And I think that that message, as Karen always says, is like don't let other people define you. And for women I think that's a really meaningful message. It's a message that resonates with us."
You also have The Ugly Truth coming up. And that one is with Gerard Butler, one of the hottest men in the world. What can we expect from that one? Is it more adult than this one?
Kirsten Smith: "It's a rated R romantic comedy. Imagine a Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn movie with a lot of racy language and ideas behind it."
Where did you come up with the idea for that?
Kirsten Smith: "It's based on another writer's screenplay so we came in and we did a rewrite on it."
Karen McCullah Lutz: "But it's Gerard's first American accent and first comedy, and he is genius. You're going to love him."
Kirsten Smith: "And super sexy."
Did you write any parts where he gets to strip?
Karen McCullah Lutz: "There's one scene where he's shirtless. I tried to get him to take his pants off… But there's a salsa dancing scene that is so sexy that I'm sure there is going to be a rash of new births nine months after opening night. People are going to get arrested in the parking lot for having sex, I'm pretty sure."