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Isla plays Gloria Cleary

Director: David Dobkin
Writer(s): Steve Faber & Bob Fisher
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Filming: Filmed in 2004 on location in Washington D.C. and Maryland
Budget: $40m
Box Office: Entered the US box office charts at #2 (behind Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) taking $33,900,720 in its opening weekend in the US. Total worldwide box office gross was $285,176,741, with $209,255,921 of that coming from the US. Made a total of $12,646,659 in Australia, and $23,155,572 in the UK. Was the biggest R rated box office hit of 2005, and had the 6th biggest box office of 2005.
Runtime: 119 minutes (theatrical version); 128 minutes (unrated/extended edition).
Rating: R in the US.

 

Wedding Crashers John Beckwith (Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vaughn), Washington D.C.’s top divorce mediators and lifelong best friends, have never met a wedding they couldn’t charm their way into. Guided by a secret set of “wedding crashing rules,” the pair attends a different wedding – and romances different bridesmaids – every week. But, when they crash the social event of the season, John falls for the daughter (McAdams) of an influential and eccentric politician (Walken) and decides to break the “rules” in pursuit of her love. What results is a wild weekend at her family’s palatial estate where the ultimate “crashers” quickly find themselves in way over their heads!

 

Co-Starring

Owen Wilson … as John Beckwith
Vince Vaughn … as Jeremy Grey
Rachel McAdams … as Claire Cleary
Christopher Walken … as Secretary Cleary
Jane Seymour … as Kathleen Cleary
Keir O’Donnell … as Todd Cleary
Bradley Cooper … as Sack Lodge
Will Ferrell … as Chazz Reinhold (uncredited)

 

International Release Dates

UK – July 14th 2005
US – July 15th 2005
France – August 10th 2005
Brazil – September 9th 2005
Australia – August 11th 2005
Russia – September 15th 2005
Spain – October 7th 2005
Hong Kong – January 1st 2006

DVD (US) – January 3rd 2006

 

Character Information

Gloria is the spoilt daughter of wealthy politician Secretary Cleary, and is used to getting what she wants … and if she doesn’t, she will throw a tantrum! She and her sister Claire are bridesmaids at their sister’s wedding – which John and Jeremy have crashed – and at first appears to be a good girl, trying to get Claire to stop laughing at their sister’s cheesy wedding vows. Soon after they first meet at the wedding party, Gloria falls hopelessly in love with Jeremy after she loses her virginity to him on the beach, and is attached to him from thereon out. She even tries to turn him on under the table during dinner, while all her family are around! She is wild, possessive and very sexually aggressive!

Gloria is a modern-day bunny boiler, exploiting her “virginity” to get men, then threatening to track them down if they ever make the mistake of deciding to leave her. And she would find them.

But is she as innocent as she makes out?

Isla describes her character as a “bipolar nymphomaniac”, and says that Gloria is “a bit like a spoiled kid with a new toy who just wants to snap its head off,” with “no etiquette or ability to control herself”. When Isla first read the script she said that Gloria jumped off the page to her – she thought she was “so absurdly mad, it was amazingly funny”, and that’s where she drew the comedy from.

 

Media

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Trivia

• The Age (theage.com.au) said of Isla and Vince Vaughn that she is “one of the few actresses capable of matching his audacity.”

• Isla auditioned for this role three times, and beat Anna Paquin and Shannon Elizabeth for the role.

• Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time” in 2006.

• Continuity Error: When Gloria is tending to Jeremy’s knee in the bathroom after the touch football game, she unties her shirt when she straddles him. Throughout the scene, the shirt reties and then unties itself.

• Continuity Error: When Gloria and Jeremy have their “moment” on the beach, they show them on a blanket. But neither of them are carrying one on the way there.

• Continuity Error: When Gloria is tending to Jeremy’s football injury to his knee she is getting her supplies off of a cart. When she gets on Jeremy’s lap there is no cart.

• This is Isla’s biggest box office hit to date, having taken in over $285m worldwide. It is also still one of Vince Vaugh, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams’ biggest box office hits.

• Said the audition was “nerve-racking”, because she’d prepared for the lines she’d have to read in an American accent, but wasn’t sure whether that accent would hold up if they started talking about other things.

• Isla says that she watched Fatal Attraction and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle to prepare for the role, and that she based her ‘crazy eyes’ off something one of her (unnamed!) friends does.

• Isla relished being able to do some physical comedy in this role.

• There were reports she had a “minor disagreement” with director David Dobkin over a topless scene and the ‘under the table’ moment, so to compromise they used doubles.

• Isla and Vince Vaughn improvised and/or re-wrote several of their scenes together.

• There has been much speculation about the possibility of a sequel to this movie since it was released and did so well. In a 2005 interview Isla and Owen Wilson talked about that speculation, with Isla saying, “They’d have to chuck us [her and Rachel McAdams] in the first act so they can crash again,” and Owen adding that “with the way audiences responded to your characters, I wouldn’t be surprised if you guys chuck us”! As of July 2012, there has been no official talk of a sequel.

• Isla gets recognised because of her role in this film – on one particular occassion, a guy approached her and said she looked just like the character from Wedding Crashers, and then ran away!

• She has also been approached by several women who tell her that they are just like Gloria, something which Isla thinks is “terrifying” but “amusing”!

 

Quotes: Isla, Cast & Crew

Isla Fisher: “It’s a comedy, there’s not a great message behind it. It’s just supposed to be fun and people are supposed to have a good time watching it.”

Isla Fisher: “For most people playing a bipolar nymphomaniac would’ve been a challenge. But I just played myself.”

Isla Fisher: “I had to make sure she was crazy enough that you were frightened for Vince but maintain a level of sweetness so you find her endearing and ultimately believe their love story.”

Isla Fisher: “Vince and I both had body doubles for the dinner table scene and I had one for the tying up scene. But it was definitely daunting.” (on filming the more risque scenes)

Isla Fisher: “I negotiated that from the beginning, trying to analyse why. I find pornographic violence just gratuitous and unnecessary than nudity, because there’s nothing more peaceful and beautiful. I totally kind of hate the puritanical approach to the whole nudity thing, but then when it comes to me … I’m like double standards, no way am I doing anything like THAT, and it wasn’t because of my relationship or because of my parents. It was a personal choice that I just made.” (on the scene where she has Jeremy tied up)

Isla Fisher: “It was hard because I wanted her to be properly crazy – like, scary – so I watched ‘Fatal Attraction’ and ‘The Hand That Rocks The Cradle’. But I didn’t want it to be too big. I wanted her to be believeable. It was a lot of fun to play somebody that has no social etiquette and no regard for anything.”

Isla Fisher: “Sure, she’s young and ompressionable – and he’s a real ladies man who woos her. Gloria is swept off her feet and becomes very much a woman obsessed… She’s a bit like a spoiled kid with a new toy who just wants to snap its head off!”

Isla Fisher: “She is crazy. She’s on mood enhancers and Jeremy is crazy, too. I mean, she’s crazy in the sense that she’s eccentric. And that’s why they’re the perfect match.”

Isla Fisher: “Dad, are you reading this? The character is very far away from me!”

Isla Fisher: “At the beginning, there really was no chemistry because my eyeline is his belly button. He’s like a circus freak, he’s so tall, and I’m very, very short. But he was very supportive when I came up with fresh ideas for the character and played them in the scene. He would say, ‘That’s great. You’re really funny’. And it gave me the confidence, because he’s such a veteran of this genre of comedy, to then experiment more.”

Isla Fisher: “It was difficult to get a rapport in the beginning with Vince Vaughn, because my eyes met his belly button, he’s so tall. Im only 5ft 2in I’m circus-freak short and Vince is 6ft 5in. But once we started performing together, it was great.”

Isla Fisher: “I found him to be really funny all the time. He’s just constantly improvising and it’s a really fun challenge to keep up with someone like that.” (on Vince Vaughn)

Isla Fisher: “I didn’t spend a tremendous amount of time thinking about my character in this. It was, sort of, showing up and OK, this is the stuff we’re going to say today. Or maybe we have something funnier to say. Or maybe we don’t. And, um, yeah, I didn’t put a lot of research or thought into it, I just kind of wing it.”

Isla Fisher: “Actually the first scene that I had to do was the scene where Gloria tells Jeremy that she loves him and that she’s a virgin and I chose to kind of cry in it. And I remember thinking that that was a strong choice and let’s hope that the director doesn’t think that it’s too much because that could’ve cost me the job. But luckily he laughed when I did it. But I didn’t end up doing it in the film, actually.”

Isla Fisher: “I was so excited and pleased and just so happy. Yeah, he was great. He’s an amazing guy and so funny. He’s so down to earth, sitting on set reading a book and talking to the rest of us with no star treatment like, ‘I’m Christopher Walken the movie legend.’ He wasn’t intimidating or anything. He was just a great, great guy I thought.” (on working with Christopher Walken)

Isla Fisher: “There are so many jokes you can do when you’re playing a girl who’s in heat and has no ability to control herself. I just pushed it as far as I could go.”

Isla Fisher: “It’s always hard. You have a moment where you feel slightly prudish and even though you have a body double and it’s playing and pretend. But you know, it’s a comedy. It’s not even like it’s a drama. It’s not like you’re doing something really heavy, but it’s definitely hard. It’s a tough thing to do because it’s your sexuality. Even though it’s a character, it’s still a little bit hard.” (on sex/love scenes)

Isla Fisher: “Since the movie came out, a lot of women have come up to me and say they really relate to the character. That’s when I suddenly feel the need to walk away from this person. Clearly there are a lot of Glorias out there, so men beware.”

Isla Fisher: “I’d love for Vince and Owen to crash it. All crashers are welcome.” (talking about her own wedding!)

Isla Fisher: “Every girl that went in before me was famous. I remember sitting in the [waiting] room and thinking I shouldn’t really bother because usually they just pick a name. I was with Shannon Elizabeth, that girl that won the Oscar for The Piano (Anna Paquin) … we were all in a row. You can hear other people going ‘I’ll find you’ [one of the lines from the film] and all the lines. It was pretty full on. I’m lucky … particularly with people like Vince and Owen, who are huge – it’s very rare that they’d cast an unknown.”

Isla Fisher: “When I first read the script, I thought there was no redemption for these womanisers, that they get to have their cake and eat it, but then I’ve heard from so many of my girlfriends that they love it, that the men are so charming and loveable. I know that women love the film and love my character.”

Isla Fisher: “My character in Wedding Crashers just jumped off the page to me. The story was dark: womanizing, misogynistic men crashing weddings. I straightaway liked the story, but when women come up to me and say, ‘I love that character, that character is me,’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe you’re proud of that! I was doing that ironically!'”

Vince Vaughn: “It reminds me of when I got a Chia Pet for a holiday occasion and at first it was just this piece of clay, and pretty soon gorgeous green things were growing out of it. I had to water it every day, I had to pet it, talk to it, and it was just a full-on Chia Pet with a lot of beautiful, beautiful, beautiful leaves growing from it. And that’s just to sum up my experience working with these two girls.” (on working with newcomers Isla and Rachel McAdams)

Vince Vaughn: “I became the straight man in those scenes. She’s so off the reservation that I’m kind of responding to her antics.”

Vince Vaughn: “It was a lot of fun for me, because Isla is very funny and a good actress. It was nice to go into a scene and be the character that is reacting to that, it gave the movie a nice kind of flow, gave the movie a twist.”

Vince Vaughn: “We went through and rewrote a lot of our scenes, and we rewrote a lot of mine Isla’s scenes as well, like the whole imaginary friend idea. We actually went through and changed the lines so when we performed it, it was not improvising, it was stuff we thought that was better.”

Vince Vaughn: “I really enjoyed the way we did our scenes, it was misleading you to where the relationship was going to go.” (on working with Isla, and their characters)

Vince Vaughn: “Isla’s funny as hell! She’s fast. She’s sharp and she’s whip smart.”

David Dobkin: “I needed someone that could stand toe-to-toe with Vince Vaughn’s energy — totally sexy one moment and scary the next. No one will ever win [his character] over unless they beat him at his own game, make him think, ‘This chick is the best! She’s perfect for me’.”

 

Quotes: Character

Father O’Neil: “And now for our next reading I’d like to ask the bride’s sister Gloria up to the lectern.”
John: “20 bucks, First Corinthians.”
Jeremy: “Double or nothing, Colossians 3:12.”
Gloria: “And now a reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.”

[After having sex on the beach]
Gloria: “That was amazing!”
Jeremy: “Yeah, it was really great. We should probably head back so they’re not looking for us.”
Gloria: “I always knew my first time would be on a beach.
Jeremy: “First time? You’re a virgin?”
Gloria: “Mm-hmm.”
Jeremy: “Wow.”
Gloria: “Jeremy, we are going to be so happy together. I love you.”
Jeremy: “I’m sorry?”
Gloria: “I love you.”

[Gloria is tending to Jeremy’s injured leg]
Jeremy: “Oh Jesus Christ, it burns.”
Gloria: “Poor baby.”
Jeremy: “It stings.”
Gloria: “You want me to blow on it?”
Jeremy: [misunderstanding what she means] “No! No! I don’t need any blowing.”
Gloria: “Jeremy… I’m not wearin’ any panties. Let’s rock!”
[Gloria spins her hair around]
Jeremy: “Ok. Ok. That was nice. I don’t understand what’s going on. It’s like, eight hours ago you were a shy little virgin, and now you’re not wearing any panties. I’m just trying to catch up with you here.”
Gloria: “You do that to me? Ooh…”
[she grabs Jeremy’s crotch]
Gloria: “Where’s my little friend? Where’s my little friend?”
Jeremy: “He’s tired! He’s tired! He’s in time-out! He’s in time-out!”

Jeremy: “Gloria, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching recently, and I think I’m ready to take this relationship, our relationship to the next level.”
Gloria: “Jeremy, I am so ready to take it to the next level.”
Jeremy: “Really?”
Gloria: “Yeah. Do you want to watch me with another girl? How about those Brazilian twins we met at the ball game?”
Jeremy: “I was thinking more along the lines of an engagement.”
Gloria: “Oh Jeremy, I do!”
Jeremy: “I love you.”
Gloria: “I love you.”

[Upon seeing Jeremy making balloom models for the kids]
Gloria: “You’re good.”
Jeremy: “I’m just warming up. Last week I did an exact replica, to scale, of Wrigley Field. Honest to God. I don’t have anywhere to put it.”
Gloria: “OK then, I’ll take a sports car.”
Jeremy: “How about a dance?”
Gloria: “That’s what I really wanted.”

[Jeremy wakes up in the middle of the night to find Gloria on top of him and tying him up]
Gloria: “I’ve been thinking about what you said and I think the problem is that I’m not being adventurous enough for you.”
Jeremy: “Gloria, I’m pretty sure that is not what I’ve been saying to you.”
Gloria: “Baby, I’m going to make all your fantasies come true.”
Jeremy: “But this is not fantasy…”
Gloria: “I love you.”

Gloria: “Don’t ever leave me!”
Jeremy: “Never.”
Gloria: “Good. Cause I’d find you!”

 

Reviews

MTV.com: But Wilson and Vaughn get some powerful comedic competition from Isla Fisher as Gloria. Fisher is a 29-year-old Australian actress who’s previously figured in such movies as “Scooby-Doo” and “I Heart Huckabees.” Here, in a performance of foul and fearless originality, she steps out as a full-fledged star. It’s a giddy triumph.”

TheIndependentCritic.com: “Some will remember Isla Fisher from last year’s “I Heart Huckabees”, when she played Heather. Fisher was simply hilarious here and a perfect comic foil for Vaughn. (A scene at dinner is nothing short of hilarious in its simplicity).”

Roger Ebert: “Rachel McAdams is a honey, and Isla Fisher has everything she needs to play a hilarious nymphomaniac, except the dialogue and the opportunity.”

NYTimes.com: “As her considerably naughtier sister, Gloria, Ms. Fisher brings some serious Rick James-style freakiness to a supporting role that might otherwise barely register. She even manages to steal scenes from Mr. Vaughn, an inveterate scene-stealer.”

Rolling Stone: “Fisher gives the role just the right notes of erotic dazzle and fatal-attraction menace.”

MoviesOnline.ca: “Isla Fisher is a comedic revelation…”

Empire Online: “In fact, the only supporting character who doesn’t feel watered-down is Isla Fisher’s nutso nympho — an unexpected, scene-stealing joy.”

Total Film: “Isla Fisher vamps it up as a potentially fatal femme – or, as Jeremy puts it, “a Stage 5 clinger”. You won’t see a more tender toilet lust scene all year.”

TVGuide.com: “The film’s flaws can’t be laid at the actors’ feet: Vaughn is at his best, McAdams is perfectly adorable, relative newcomer Fisher steals scenes from her cast mates with wicked ease; and Walken is, well, Walken.”

Boston Phoenix: “The performances shine with nuance and wit; McAdams and Fisher in particular show how to prevail over stereotypes.”

Three Movie Buffs: “Of the two stars, Vaughn definitely gets the funnier lines, reducing Wilson almost to the role of straight man. Isla Fisher though, manages to steal every scene that she’s in, away from both of them.”

 

Fisher Fantastic

A definite Fisher Fantabulous rating for this movie! Isla is hilarious as the uninhibited Gloria – she really lets loose and goes all out in playing her, and the result is a very memorable performance and character. Isla really lit up the screen, and provided the most hearty laugh out loud moments in the film. Her incredible knack for physical comedy really showed, and you can tell Isla relished getting to do that on screen. Isla is in a large part of the film, and when she’s off screen you really miss her … and wonder what Gloria is going to do next!! A very emphatic must see for all Isla (and comedy) fans.

 

Promotion

Isla did a lot of promotion for this film, going on the press tour for it around the world, and giving interviews to several high profile magazines. Isla’s Wedding Crashers promotional tour started with a premiere in London, before continuing on with premieres in New York, Sydney, and finally Melbourne. She posed with several of her co-stars at these red carpet events, and even took her two brothers with her to the Sydney event! She also had small spreads in several big film and fashion magazines to promote the film, including Allure, Entertainment Weekly, and Interview. The following year, in 2006, she attended the MTV Movie Awards, where she won the award for Best Breakthrough Performance.

This was really her breakout role in Hollywood, with many impressed by her hilarious performance in the film … therefore there was a lot more media attention focussed on her.

Isla Fisher Web‘s Press page (related: 2005 interviews)
Isla Fisher Web‘s 2005 Appearances Gallery
Isla Fisher Web‘s 2006 Appearances Gallery
Isla Fisher Web‘s 2005 Magazine Scans Gallery
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Isla Fisher Web‘s 2005 video interviews



 

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Last Updated: July 29th 2012