ComingSoon editor-in-chief Tyler Treese spoke Maybe I do stars Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon about the upcoming comedy film, which hits theaters on January 27. The duo discussed working with Emma Roberts and working during the pandemic.
“Michelle and Allen have reached the point in their relationship to take the next steps towards marriage. Thinking it would be a good idea to invite their parents to finally meet, they arrange a dinner and make it a family affair ,” the synopsis reads. “To everyone’s surprise, the affair takes on a whole new meaning, as the parents already know each other all too well – they’ve been cheating on their spouses for months … with each other. Caught in this precarious predicament, they try to hide their desires from the children while confronting their spouse’s lovers head-on. Let the games begin!”
Tyler Treese: Richard, you starred in Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts, and now her niece Emma plays your daughter in the movie. How incredible was it to get to work with her?
Richard Gere: I thought it was funny when they said it was her. I don’t think I’ve made a movie like that since then. I think it’s the closest Beautiful womanthis one is in style.
Susan Sarandon: I’m a bit of a whore.
Richard Gere: We talked about it a bit at first and we just let it go. She’s her own person and she has her own career and she does things her own way, so she was just another one of the ensemble of actors in this, and great. I think those kids had the hardest parts in this. We were all kind of multidimensional, crazy characters, but the kids in this were the reality players.
Susan Sarandon: Yes. They had a lot. Hard to sell it. They did a great job.
Susan, your character is just so funny. You sometimes get this very intense, almost psychotic side.
Richard Gere: Sometimes? Sometimes?!
You’re ready to just blow things up. Richard is trying to leave this affair, you are not having it. How fun was that aspect to play with?
Susan Sarandon: So funny. I mean, when I read it, I was like, “With the right guy, this would really be a lot of fun because all the music for each of them is so different, you know?”
Richard Gere: Yes.
Susan Sarandon: And everyone came in to understand it and generously gave the moment to whoever it was and whatever it was. But I really couldn’t wait to blow things up. I had a lot of fun.
Richard Gere: I think it’s true. First of all, I keep telling her, but she is one of the few actresses who could play that role to the fullest.
Susan Sarandon: Thank you!
Richard Gere: And gets crazy about it, and it’s still human. I think all these characters are… I like these characters because they are still characters. You don’t have to pay for each meeting. Things happen, and then you sort of move on. Not everything is personal and there is still some kind of connection with everyone, with all the crazy. A straightforward connection that these four people have.
Susan Sarandon: Well, I think we were lucky to find—you know, sometimes I’ve done this, I’ve been in a movie where there’s a lot of different acting styles and different people, and people don’t look like they’re in the same film from scene to scene. And I think the casting of this was also good in the sense that I thought everybody existed in that world, whatever that world was. It’s not always like that, and I think that also helps a lot.
Richard, for all the laughs, there’s still this very interesting look at love and aging, and there’s so much heart at its core. What did you think of the themes in Maybe I Do?
Richard Gere: Well, that’s really why I wanted to do it. I thought it would be fun – especially coming out of Covid. I didn’t work during Covid and the protocols. Did you? I don’t even know if you did.
Susan Sarandon: I worked all the way through Covid.
Richard Gere: The protocols that were in place… I didn’t want to work that way. It’s hard enough for me to make a film, but without all the other things. So I was happy to do something that was light-hearted, at least on the surface, but resonates, I think, in a grown-up way. I think it’s appropriate and it’s honest for everyone to go through existential crises.
Susan Sarandon: I always ask myself if I’m going to make a film, can I stand talking about it for three days in a junket? Is there anything thematically possible to talk about? And if I can’t find what it is, I’m dead. I can not do it.