For this remake of the 1968 Sandy Dennis - Anthony Newley romance, Theron chose the role of a free spirited San Franciscan, who mysteriously takes in a new boyfriend every month, over the female lead in the almost certain blockbuster ”Pearl Harbor” (a part that ultimately went to Kate Beckinsale). Why on earth…?
”My wife [Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio] was in ‘The Perfect Storm,”’ explains director O’Connor. ”As a woman, you’re not going to be the center of the universe in a movie like that.” Reeves plays a cocky advertising executive and Theron’s ”November” tenant, who eventually discovers the tragic explanation for her love ‘em and leave ‘em M.O.
We won’t spoil it here, though coming attractions ruin some of the surprise by showing scenes of Theron with a ghostly pale complexion and dark circles under her eyes. ”I’m comfortable with the amount of awareness of that in the trailer,” says O’Connor (”Inventing the Abbotts”). ”But I wouldn’t want any more than that.” Then he shouldn’t watch the television commercial – it shows Theron lying in a hospital bed.