Their on-screen smooch’s first take was pretend.
Jane Fonda had a kissing scene with Richard Roundtree within the comedy “Moving On,” launched March 17.
Although the octogenarian co-stars had been comfortable to lock lips, and finally did, there have been problems at first.
“The funny thing was that when that makeout scene came up in the movie, when it was supposed to shoot, Jane had a really bad cold,” the movie’s author and director Paul Weitz instructed The Post.
“So we actually faked it. They did everything but kiss.”
In the comedy, Fonda, 85, and “Shaft” actor Roundtree, 80, play ex-spouses who reunite at a buddy’s funeral.
“She was totally down for making out with Richard,” stated Weitz, 57.
“We form of recreated that only for the close-up, of the 2 of them kissing … on set later.
“So Richard came in one day just to kiss Jane Fonda.”
Weitz, a Big Apple native who grew up in Carnegie House, a luxurious constructing on 57th Street and Sixth Avenue, stated Lily Tomlin, who stars as Fonda’s school buddy, requested him to write down the film for the pair.
“She called me from the set of ‘Grace and Frankie’ one day, and she said, ‘I’m with Jane Fonda, just talking, and we think you should write us a movie,’” he defined.
He stated working with the duo, who’re associates in actual life, was amusing, particularly after they took jabs at one another.
“At some point where Lily was giving a dramatic pause to something, Jane thought she’d forgotten her lines, so she reminded her,” he defined. “And Lily said, ‘I’m acting here!’”
This venture marks Weitz’s thirteenth time within the director’s chair. His directorial debut “American Pie,” which he labored on together with his brother Chris, was not anticipated to carry out properly on the field workplace.
“I didn’t know this at the time, but when the studio was watching the dailies, they’re like, ‘This is going to be a bomb,’” he stated.
The teen comedy went on to gross over $235 million worldwide and spawn three movies and a by-product sequence of 5 direct-to-video films.
“It was a shocker,” he stated. “It was really weird to go up to the theater on the first weekend and see a line around the block.”
Weitz’s three kids, ages 19, 16 and 12, not solely preview his films earlier than they’re launched, however present suggestions.
“They give me notes. My 16-year-old, I showed him ‘American Pie’ … that was the only movie where afterwards he said, ‘I’m proud of you, dad.’”