Bases Loaded with 'Anger'
February 4, 2005
a sexy and sentimental ex-baseball player; she's a dysfunctional
and desperate suburban housewife playing mom to four
girls. Only "Extra" has your exclusive behind-the-scenes
look at Kevin Costner and Joan Allen's new romantic
comedy, "The Upside of Anger."
But Joan told us not to expect a typical romance, saying,
"It's not a conventional love story at all."
For starters, Joan plays an alcoholic who hooks up with
Kevin's character after her husband split. "It's
a very personal movie," Kevin revealed. "I've
lived in divorce myself, so I recognize a lot that's
going on here."
"Life does go on," Joan declared.
"The Upside of Anger," which just premiered
at the Sundance Festival, was written and directed by
Mike Binder, best known for HBO's "The Mind of
the Married Man."
"I wanted to do a fable about what a waste of time
anger is," Mike told us. And Mike himself also
got some face time in the film, as Costner's co-worker
at a radio station.
But there's no arguing about who's at the head of this
cast. "Joan is really carrying the movie,"
Kevin admitted. "She's our lead, and it's really
a pleasure to come in and be with her and support her."
And Kevin's convinced he's got a breakout hit on his
hands, telling us, "People who love movies, who
demand a lot from their movies, this movie is right
down the strike zone."
"The Upside of Anger" rages into theaters