PLAYING BY HEART
Release: December 1998 in theaters
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Running time: 124 minutes
Box summary: Poignant and funny drama, Playing
by Heart follows a group of people who varied generations and lifestyles as
they search for love and conneciton in the contemporary Los Angeles. All of
these people strangers, lovers, and family -- are transformed by a series of
unsettling events that bring into focus just how elusive, complex, and occasionally
miraculous love can be in the right circumstances
JSIA summary: Jon fans seem to be evenly split
on loving this movie or hating this movie.
Fast-forward tip: All throughout.
Jon Stewart (Trent)
"Jon Stewart and Gillian
Anderson are also very good. She is a lonely theater director and he is a lonely
architect. They have a natural unforced chemistry that you wouldn't expect from
these two very different television personalities. Although their relationship
in the script seems ill-conceived, their performances almost make up for it."
Mike Salvati (email@example.com)
"They had already cast
the entire movie, and this was the one guy who hadn't been cast yet," he recalls.
"And they called up one night -- it happened very quickly -- just, 'Would you
want to read for this?' I said, 'Sure.' Did. Boom. It was weird." (Byron Allen
"I just thought that the
script was a really interesting exploration of relationships [in] different
generations," he explains. "It wasn't trite. It wasn't 'Listen, we've seen that
on Love Boat every weekend.'" (Journal Now 1/28/99)
"I think they thought I
was the caterer," he recalled. (Toronto Sun 1/31/99)
[On Gillian Anderson] "She
was very cool," he says. "That was the great part. You're in a situation where
you're supposed to be, uh, dating, so you have to establish that chemistry right
off the bat. But it worked out great." (Jane 2/99)
He says that he dosen't
identify with his character, "except, of course, that I am an architect." (Journal
May 1, 2002 by Chaney.