The world premiere of "Hope Springs" recently took place at the SVA Theater in Chelsea in Manhattan. The film is about a marriage between Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones that is on the rocks and Steve Carell plays their therapist.
George Whipple: The best part of playing the therapist?
Carell: Uh, looking across at Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep and pinching yourself every day thinking, "How did I get so lucky?"
For Streep and Jones, working with their co-stars was their favorite part of making this movie.
Streep: Working with Tommy Lee and Steve Carell, two of our finest actors.
Jones: Waking up in the morning, showing up. That's the best part!
For the director, David Frankel, who was also at the helm of "The Devil Wears Prada," I had a tough question.
Whipple: Two pretty good actors, who's more difficult?
Frankel: Oh my goodness. Who's more difficult? Stop shooting!
So I asked Jones just one more question, before I wore out my welcome.
Whipple: How would you like to be actually married to her?
Jones: No, I'm not going to dignify that question with an answer.
Carell, like a good therapist, tried to bring Lee and me back together.
Whipple: Do you think they'd like to make real-life couple?
Carell: I do! They are so compatible as actors, you know. They're so good together and they have such an amazing chemistry. So you never know how it would be off the set, but I can see them as very good friends.
Whipple: You don't think there would be a Harvard-Yale rivalry?
Carell: Oh, I didn't even think about that! Possibly.
Yours truly got a little nervous on the red carpet, worried that Tommy Lee Jones might come back. If you want to see the movie safely, it's open this weekend.