Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were hand-picked by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to portray them in "Walk the Line." But sadly, June died before Reese had a chance to meet her. Joaquin, on the other hand, had dinner with Johnny and June months before the film went into production. "You go into such an intimate setting and yet immediately you're put at ease because John and June just have something so welcoming about their personalities," he said. "So we talked a little bit; we sat down and we had dinner ... I didn't expect him to play a song at all, but as it turns out that's how he felt most comfortable. That's his way of sitting around and bullsh*tting with someone—he'll pick up a guitar and play a song." [MovieWeb] — Oh, to be famous enough to invite Joaquin Phoenix to dinner and have him be the intimidated one.
Natasha Richardson played Patricia Hearst in "Patty Hearst," based on Hearst's autobiography, Every Secret Thing. The two women met for lunch two weeks before filming began and had lovely things to say about each other. Natasha said of Hearst, ''She was a very bright and strong lady. Very witty, not at all the airhead the press made her out to be.'' Patricia saw the movie three times and said of meeting Natasha, ''I thought—who wouldn't want to be played by someone so attractive and intelligent?'' [NY Times] — So, so sad that she is now dead. Click here for more from TheFrisky.com
Before Angelina Jolie was cast as Mariane Pearl in "A Mighty Heart," the two women became close friends. Mariane read an interview with Angelina and thought they could be besties. Since they were both single mothers at the time with 3-year-old boys, they arranged a play-date. Mariane says, "We cooked pasta. And then we started talking about changing the world..." Angelina says, "Her instincts were right—we did have so much in common. And all the kids are great friends now. Zahara is madly in love with [Mariane's son] Adam." Of playing her now close friend, Angelina said, "I was so nervous! I mean, it's like you're in a roomful of your closest friends and somebody says, 'Why don't you get up and imitate the friend to your left?' Nobody would want to do that, ever!" [SocialiteLife] — Who knew that stars have play-dates? It's like pre-puberty match-making for famous children!