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All good reunions should involve an abundance of laughter and tears, & there were certainly both recently when reunited the cast of the 1997 blockbuster My Best Friend's Wedding in Los Angeles. Star Julia Roberts, 51, and her titular BFF Dermot Mulroney, 55 (close pals in real life), arrived together & immediately wanted lớn get down to business.

"Let's go see Cameron," Roberts exclaimed excitedly while dragging Mulroney by the arm. Then came the laughter. Roberts và Cameron Diaz, 46, have, arguably, two of the best laughs in Hollywood, và their joy echoed throughout the photo studio. It only got more giggly when costar Rupert Everett, 59 — who played George, Roberts' character's gay wingman — arrived. The group's buzzy, infectious energy is part of what has cemented Wedding's status as a rom-com classic.

"People come up lớn me và just say, "My Best Friend's Wedding!" và I'm like, "Aww," says Diaz. "It's just this joyous feeling that you get off of them. I appreciate that so much." Mulroney is even moved khổng lồ tears when talking about the film. "I think about these guys every day," he admits. "Because people come up to me & they bring up this movie every day for the last 22 years."

My Best Friend's Wedding tells the story of food critic (and large-cell-phone owner) Julianne Potter (Roberts), who discovers her bestie Michael (Mulroney) is marrying pastel-loving rich Chicago college student Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). The revelation sends her into a jealousy-fueled revenge plot to steal Michael back & ruin the wedding (Julianne and Michael had "one hot month" in college but have been platonic ever since).

Wedding, which can be downloaded on Amazon Prime or iTunes, stands apart from other films in the genre for its mixture of both sweet and sour, particularly in its choice lớn have America's Sweetheart, Roberts, play the rather villainous Julianne.

"Romantic comedy is a really difficult genre," says director P.J. Hogan, who was separately from the cast. "I think what kills romantic comedies is they often feel prepackaged or lượt thích frozen food that hasn't quite thawed — they're just not really fresh. But when I see the film, it's still got a snap to it. When it's funny, it's really funny, và the actors all glow. Và I think Julia was extraordinary in the lead role. I mean, who else could've pulled that off?"



My Best Friend's Wedding was shot on location in Chicago in the summer of 1996 under the direction of Hogan, who had a breakout sleeper hit with 1995's Muriel's Wedding, và with a script by Oscar winner Ronald Bass (Rain Man). It was a return lớn the genre that had made Roberts a star with 1990's Pretty Woman & provided major roles for Diaz, who made her debut in 1994's The Mask, và Everett.

JULIA ROBERTS: I just thought it was really clever và just funny. All the physical comedy I loved. Lots of falling down and falling through things, falling all over myself, falling over Dermot. The scene, for me, that made it feel so authentic & earnest is when I finally tell Dermot's character, "Pick me. Let me make you happy." Just that line: That's just so succinct và sweet and meaningful.

DERMOT MULRONEY: I liked that he was the lead in the movie & Julia Roberts liked him. I liked those, like, obvious elements, but he had his own little story. He was a sportswriter và he was in love in ways that many people still argue with me about. I wouldn't give this movie up for anything.

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CAMERON DIAZ: Yeah. I mean, I was considering turning it down. No, I'm kidding. I got to work with these folks và Julia. It was, like, a huge break for me.

MULRONEY: I've worked in Chicago a lot since then, and that đô thị loves this movie. It's incredible.

DIAZ: My sister-in-law is obsessed with this movie. We went lớn Chicago, like, a year and a half ago, and she took me to every single . She's like, "Remember when you were walking down the street right here and then…" It was so much fun. I was like, "Yes, I think I do." She's like, "I do, và it really means a lot khổng lồ me, so I would lượt thích for you to lớn pretend lượt thích you do."

RUPERT EVERETT: When I got the part, it was literally two lines in the script. I thought it was kind of a career-icide move at first. P.J. Hogan made me test, like, three or four times for the film. I kept saying, "P.J., what can I do? There's nothing I can do."

EVERETT: and so I came in with quite a bad attitude, in a way. What was the point, I thought. But it was a complete changing point for me.

EVERETT: But we all got on so well straightaway. & everybody clicked on screen straightaway, và you could feel that. Và for me, it was magical. But the last time I saw it, it kind of made me cry just thinking of how magic that time was, that summer.



Julianne makes many different attempts at sabotage, but perhaps the most mortifying is a karaoke-bar triple date between her, Michael, & vocally challenged Kimmy.

P.J. HOGAN: We staged it as a real karaoke song, where the lyrics appear in front of you on all the monitors. So I shot it live. Cameron just botched her way through the song, và the worse she got, the better the scene was. But then Cameron was so trò chơi that the applause started khổng lồ become real.

DIAZ: I was terrified to vị that scene, for real. I allowed the true terror of singing in front of people khổng lồ be alive in me. I wanted lớn run & hide, and Dermot kept me there. He said, "You can vày it, you can do it." In the scene I'm just staring at him the whole time because he's looking at me like, "You're okay. You're not gonna die." và I was like, "But I'm dying."

EVERETT: It's an amazing scene because it turns around from being ridiculous to lớn suddenly being incredibly moving. fall in love more & becomes more isolated in her plotting.

ROBERTS: I need lớn watch this movie again. I don't remember feeling isolated in my plotting. <Looks at Everett> I had you.