The men of 'P.S. I Love You' chat about the movie, something in their lives

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Article Date: December 20, 2007 | Publication: GateHouse News Service | Author: Ed Symkus
Publication/Article Link:Daily News Tribune

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Hilary Swank gets to kiss all three main male characters – played by Harry Connick Jr., Gerard Butler and Jeffrey Dean Morgan – in the new film “P.S. I Love You.”

Connick, a singer and pianist who also acts, plays possible love interest Daniel, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome (an austism-related disorder). Butler, who recently starred in films ranging from “The Phantom of the Opera” to “300,” plays her husband, Gerry, who passes away but still manages to help her through the rough times. Morgan, best known from his character, Denny Duquette, being killed off on “Grey’s Anatomy,” plays William, another possible love interest. A Washington native, he had to learn an Irish accent and how to play guitar.

Each of the guys talked about something connected to the movie, then revealed something about themselves.

Harry Connick Jr.

ON THE FILM: “I’d been fascinated with Asperger’s Syndrome, anyway. Whenever an article would come up I always made note of it. I talked to [director] Richard [LaGravenese] about whether this guy did or didn’t have it, and I came to the conclusion that he did. I just kind of based it on what I’d read about it. Asperger’s Syndrome is a high-functioning condition. You just don’t pick up on social cues, and you kind of say whatever pops into your head. You’re not really concerned with other people’s responses or where the conversation normally goes; you just kind of say things. There’s a fascinating book called ‘Look Me in the Eye.’

ON HIS MUSICAL CAREER: “I never really had a plan, earlier in my career. I think my manager probably had a more clear idea of what she thought I could end up doing. If you think about it, man, there are people who look at demographics [about] the people who buy tickets to my shows, but I don’t pay any mind to that. I just go ahead and do whatever it is. But it’s like a haircut or a suit that you buy; you may think it’s great-looking at the time, but 10 years down the road you might go, ‘Oh no, what was I thinking?’ So I try to avoid trends; I just try to make the best possible thing I can do.”

Gerard Butler

ON THE FILM: “You learn stuff from every film. Some of it you can’t verbalize; some of it you don’t know. It’s amazing how much happens just from osmosis, just by dealing with characters. The purity and humor and lightness of Gerry kind of trickles into your life. I know that when I was filming it, I was so happy. I was just cheery. I was in a really good space. When you’re playing a character who is cheery and happy and who doesn’t make a big deal or get bogged down in things – and there’s a hopeful theme to the movie, as well – those things kind of rub off on you.”

ON HIS SEGUE TO LAW: “I studied law for five years and trained as a lawyer in a firm for two years. But that didn’t go so well at the end. I was a week away from qualifying, and I was fired because I was a bit all over the place. The next day I packed my bags, moved to London and did what I always wanted to do, which was get into acting. The acting took off and was going pretty good. I had made some half-decent money doing commercials. I wasn’t exactly rich, but I could survive. Then I bought this little apartment in London, and between the down payment and the furniture I bought, I had no money. I had a manager in America, and I kept promising that I was going to come out to L.A. I finally decided to go in January, but I had to get a bank loan just to go there, which was scary. I thought there was no way anything was going to happen there. But I’d only been there two weeks and got offered ‘Attila the Hun’— the miniseries that started me off in America. That led to ‘Dracula 2000,’ and between those two things, my life changed.”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

ON THE FILM: “I’d never done an Irish accent or played guitar in a film before. They were both intimidating. The dialect coach was always there, and I would spend a lot of time talking with the Irish folks who played extras, asking if they’d really say it like this. But the guitar lessons were very daunting. I had about a week of lessons with [Heart’s] Nancy Wilson, who was my childhood crush, and it made me nervous as hell. I went to her house four times, and the first thing I said to her was, ‘I had such a crush on you when I was a kid.’ And I know she was thinking, ‘Hey, how old do you think I am?’ But she was a great teacher. Then we had more lessons when we shot in Ireland. And it hurt! After three days I couldn’t touch the guitar. I needed to callus up a bit.”

ON HIS PRIOR DEMISE: “There were about five episodes left on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ before [my part] was over. That’s when I would go into supermarkets and people were really starting to notice. By the time Denny died, I couldn’t go anywhere for a period of time. Women still come up to me in tears. I would say, ‘It’s me, Jeff. Denny’s a made-up character.’ But some people had a hard time separating the two. To this day, people call me Denny everywhere I go, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’m the luckiest bastard in the world. Who knew that dying on television would change my life so much?”