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23rd Dec 2022

Matthew McConaughey almost wasn’t cast in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days

Ellen Fitzpatrick

One of the best romcoms.

Kate Hudson has revealed that she fought with the makers of How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days to ensure Matthew McConaughey played opposite her.

Back in 2003 when the film first came out, the film saw Andie, played by Kate, make a plan to get Benjamin, played by Matthew, all before pushing him away within a 10-day time frame.

Hoping to use the romance as a story for her magazine, she was unaware of Ben’s own plan to make a woman fall for him to prove he could handle taking on a diamond company as a client at work.

And of course, the rest is rom-com magic and to this day, it remains a classic within the genre.

But the cast could have looked a whole lot different if it hadn’t been for Kate standing up to producers early on.

Speaking about her time working with Matthew on the film during a Life In Pictures talk at BAFTA in London last week, Kate revealed that she initially disagreed with studio executives about how the film should look.

“I’m such a cheerleader for actors in our industry, but for rom-coms you need that guy to have chemistry with,” she told moderator Briony Hanson, director of film for the British Council.

And when it came to casting for the role, Kate said that the creators “just kept hitting [their] heads against the wall”, explaining: “The studio and I weren’t agreeing.”

She went on to recall that she “fought back on a lot of things” and she ended up gaining “approval of everything”, it wasn’t until former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry Lansing reportedly asked who she wanted to play opposite, she suggested Matthew.

She recalled: “We had an energy together, I wanted to play with him. It felt kinetic. We both have a competitive spirit, we’re both super athletic.

“We like to push each other and I just love Matthew’s commitment to everything; he’s razor-focused. What you think he is.”