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Video:Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - Mark Waters and Robert Forster

with Rebecca Murray

Robert Forster usually tackles serious fare, but he goes for the laughs in 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Mark Waters directed the rom com and according to the cast, Waters made working on the film fun.See Transcript

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Transcript:Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - Mark Waters and Robert Forster

Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

Director Mark Waters - Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

I hear you had ping pong tournaments on the set…

Mark Waters: "You know, why not? Anytime you have a stage bit enough for a ping pong table, I figure let's get a ping pong tournament going. I think it's because I can win. I don't look good with my shirt off like Matthew, but I can beat him at ping pong. So it gives me some small sense of superiority."

I love the twist. What attracted you?

Mark Waters: "I'm always attracted to a great, sort of comeuppance comedy, and this is one of the few ones that I read where it actually seemed really inventive in how it adapted the Dickens. And also it just happened to be a perfect role for Matthew McConaughey because he's the kind of person, kind of man who can date all kinds of women and break up with them and yet they don't hold a grudge. They're like, 'You know, I really like sharing time with him.' And so I figured, 'Wow, he can get away with this so this is going to be perfect.'"

Did you let him do a lot of improv or is this tightly scripted?

Mark Waters: "Everything's tightly scripted but the way I try and work with the actors is we stick to the script but we improvise on the action. So what happens in the scene and the movement of the scene is completely open and changes every take, but they stick to the lines. The writing's very good."

Coming out the beginning of the summer, it's a good way to kick off the summer and good counterprogramming. Are you happy with this release date?

Mark Waters: "I don't care about Wolverine, you know? I want to go on a date. No, I'm really happy with where they're putting the movie. We have a lot of time where it's nothing but action movies and then us, so hopefully that'll be good for us."

Are you still doing the Houdini movie?

Mark Waters: "Yeah, we're working on that right now. It's a very interesting Houdini ancestor movie. It has Houdini but it's set in modern times and it has flashbacks to the actual Houdini and they're connected."

That sounds interesting. It sounds like it hasn't been done before.

Mark Waters: "It's for Walden Media who did the Narnia series so it's going to be very fun."

So it'll be more toward the family audience?

Mark Waters: "Yeah."

Robert Forster - 'Sergeant Volkom'

You don't usually do comedy roles so this was nice.

Robert Forster: "I should do comedy. That's what I tell my agents. I can get a laugh."

Yeah.

Robert Forster: "Thank you. I'm delighted. I heard that twice before. I haven't seen the movie but I told the director Mark Waters, I said, 'Listen, if you hire me I'll get that laugh.'"

So how hard was it to play this guy? He's kind of grumpy but he's got a softer side.

Robert Forster: "Yeah, kind of grumpy, but at the same time wait a minute, I have the Corps and the tradition and my daughter. I've got to hold up our end."

And face off against Matthew McConaughey.

Robert Forster: "Yes, at the proper, last moment."

Do you like this twist of having the ghosts of girlfriends come back and visit the leading character? That's fun.

Robert Forster: "That's Dickens. We're going back into a great literary form. Fun then and fun this way."

I heard Mark, the director, kept the set very light and that he's a very good director to work with. Is he?

Robert Forster: "Yeah. I can't say more about this guy than this is the nicest director I have ever worked with. He always had ideas for making humor, always had specific things. He's got a good eye and a good ear and timing. This guy is really, really, really nice and was exceptionally helpful. I hope I work for him again."

You'd do more comedies, right?

Robert Forster: "I'm delighted if somebody gave me a comedy to do."

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