Jennifer Garner Sheds Good Girl Image in ‘Arthur’

Jennifer Garner (Valentine's Day, TV's “Alias”) plays Susan, an ambitious corporate exec deemed the most suitable match for Arthur (Russell Brand), the irresponsible billionaire, in Warner Bros.' new romantic comedy “Arthur.”

Susan’s the only one who can offer a sure, if loveless, continuation of the only lifestyle Arthur knows. “As far as Susan’s concerned, Arthur can either make this easy or make it difficult, but their marriage is going to happen,” says Garner of her character.

“Susan isn’t after the money, because she has money of her own, but the position and power Arthur’s name can provide,” explains Garner. “Her family came from poor beginnings and she made something of herself the hard way, but that ultimate status eludes her and she’s savvy enough to know this is the only way to get it.”

Luckily for Susan, her boss is Arthur’s mother, a woman who understands and appreciates her drive. Played by Geraldine James, Bach Worldwide CEO Vivienne Bach is not so much determined to make Arthur miserable but to ensure the success of the company, her first priority. For her, this marriage solves two problems: keeping BW in the family and keeping her wayward son under control.

Unbeknownst to her mentor, Susan has another motive for dragging Arthur to the altar. They once dated, briefly, but she couldn’t hold his interest and he moved on. “It’s a slight she has never forgotten, and this is her delicious revenge,” director Jason Winer reveals.

Often cast as the good girl, Garner admits, “It’s fun to be naughty and not liked.”

“Jennifer did a masterful job of conveying Susan’s guile, conniving sexuality and absolute determination, but she also found a chord of humanity in her,” says producer Kevin McCormick. “This is a woman who’s put a lot of work into reaching a certain place in society. She feels she deserves it and there’s nothing she won’t do to get it. Arthur can’t shame her, he can’t shake her. She’s got her teeth in his ankle.”

The strike-and-dodge interplay between Susan and Arthur inspires some of the film’s most memorable moments of physical comedy—in particular, a sequence involving Arthur’s high-concept floating bed, suspended in space by powerful magnets. “Susan shows up drunk at his place in a corset, determined to prove how spontaneous she can be. Unfortunately for her, there are metal stays in the corset. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t her best wardrobe choice,” Garner hints.

Adds Winer, “It’s one of the rare times I can accurately say ‘chaos ensues.’”

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Arthur” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

9 Comments on Jennifer Garner Sheds Good Girl Image in ‘Arthur’

  1. alex g. Panalo ka talaga teh wala kang katulad.

  2. alex g: How would you equate a Decline in Ads, Cheap Awards, Flop Movie Gross & Poor Artists' Endorsements, from a high ratings (daw!?!?!?!?1?!?) claimed by gozon? // April 5, 2011 at 9:59 am //

    Cheating & Data Tampering, Desperate Publicity, Mind Conditioning, Mislead Info’s, Rating Manipulations, etc.

  3. alex g: Did you know that gma7 was always the first channel that SIGNS-OFF the tv? And terminated by KBP for Television Code violations? Did you also know that AGB Nielsen Media Research has a pending case here & abroad? // April 5, 2011 at 9:59 am //

    Early Signing-Off, Cost Cutting, Debt Increase & Financial Crisis.
    Words that best describes gma.

  4. alex g: What happened to the Titan Plugs of gma? I think that's what you called, "KARMA". As usual, yung "Halo-Halo Summer Plugs", basura na naman. // April 5, 2011 at 9:58 am //

    Pag d gawang gma, minsan nag re-rate.
    Pag gawang gma, basurang-basura.

  5. alex g: gma artists/shows are equipped with Very Poor Acting Skills. Kaya dinadaan na lang sa mga effects & fighting pose, para mairaos man lang ang basurang show at pagtakpan ang mga malalamyang pag-arte (how stupid). // April 5, 2011 at 9:58 am //

    Boboserye, Flopserye, Peryaserye, Pornoserye, O.A.serye, T.H.serye, etc.
    Practice Acting – tatak gma.

  6. alex g: Kapit-Tuko tlga si gozon sa ratings, (as usual pag PANIC time). TALUNAN kasi sa lahat ng bagay, mapa Ads, Awards, Movies, Endorsements & Recognitions. Hay, tsk! tsk! tsk! tsk! Walang kadala-dala. // April 5, 2011 at 9:57 am //

    Weakness tlga ng gma ang lumaban ng patas.

  7. alex g: AM/FM Programs, Balance Programming, Daytime/Primetime Shows, Foreign Programs, News Channel/Program, Promos, Regional Network Events, Sports, Station ID, TV Format, Timeslot, etc. (kinopya lahat ng gma). // April 5, 2011 at 9:57 am //

    Konting Delicadeza naman gozon.

  8. alex g: "Walang kinikilingan, walang pinoproteksyonan, walang kasinungalingan, walang bahid pulitika, serbisyong totoo lang", Dahil d natutulog ang balita, BAYARAN niyo kami para gumawa ng commercials 24 oras". // April 5, 2011 at 9:57 am //

    gma is afraid of getting involve into politics. that’s why they tend to engage in “barangay” matters.
    duwag kasi.

  9. alex g: Valentines Box Office King daw, ni wala nga kasabay na Filipino movie eh, 44.26M in 3 weeks lang!? (as compared to BULONG with 67.27M). May "Divine Intervention" pa raw, sabi ni mother lily (how stupid). // April 5, 2011 at 9:56 am //

    “Napakahirap na ng buhay ngayon, kaya for a movie to make over P135 million in 3 days is a miracle. Divine intervention ito”.
    -lily monteverde (how stupid).

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