Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep Dish on 'Hope Springs'

Acting legends discuss antics on set alongside former "Office" star Steve Carell.
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Transcript for Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep Dish on 'Hope Springs'
Oscar winners, meryl streep and tommy lee jones joining forces in a funny and touching new movie called "hope springs." They play a long-time married couple who lost their spark. She wants it back. And she has convinced her husband to go for marriage counseling. You see why they need it right here. Coffee to start? Is there anything on this menu that doesn't have lost on it. There's your eggs. And they have a breakfast special. What's special about $11.75? I'll give you the special. Nope. The special's a dollar more. And for you? I'm going to have fruit and cottage cheese. And we're in a bit of a hurry. You have the 10:30 with bernie. We'll get you there on time. The characters are funny. And funny to play. The one thing I took away from this movie is so real. Good. Good. That's what we were trying to do. Our job was to make it real. And make the funniness of real, normal human problems available. People can be ridiculous. And they can be ridiculous all day long. We had steve carell here yesterday. He was talking about how -- he played it so straight as the therapist to give you guys the space to be funny with it. He's very tender in it. He created an atmosphere that was like a real therapist. I've journaled the progress that you've made. And I think that will make it easier to proceed to the next step. Next step. That's great with it. Can you make passion last, which is clearly -- this couple, they had it at one time. But it went away. Did you actually learn anything from going through the experience? Learn it from each other? No. You already know everything. We all know everything about all this stuff. Meryl knows everything. No. You have to stay alert and attentive to each other. And all those things. But life takes over. And time takes over. And inertia takes over. And people, you know, always need to be reminded. I didn't think you ever want me. I never wanted anything more. Was it fun to work together? It was great fun. I've watched everything you've work with him. And I've been paying attention. To her. Every day was a joy. Imagine waking up in the morning and telling yourself, I actually know meryl streep. Oh, man. Nobody in my house is so thrilled about that. And I'm actually going to work with her today. That's a real -- you know, you feel privileged. That was one of the privileges for all of us watching to see three such powerful actors in that small space. Is there any awkwardness -- and maybe not. You've been tremendous actors for such a long time, to do sex scene at this stage? I think we better stop. At this stage? After your triumphant career. Awesome. I thought you meant at this geriatric point in your life. No. It's -- you know, the job is the same. People always think that's the hard stuff. The difficult stuff is often just really interior things that happen that surprise you, like on the couch, when you're really revealing something about yourself. And I don't think any one piece of it -- was more difficult or the other. Or difficult, frankly. It was fun. And it was -- actors' catnip. You worked so well together. Thank you for coming in this morning. Thank you. I wish we'd been funnier.

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