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    The all-star cast of the upcoming film "Nine" -- clockwise from bottom right: Dame Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Lauren, Marion Cotillard, Stacy Ferguson (Fergie), Daniel Day Lewis, Kate Hudson and director Rob Marshall -- sat down with "Nightline" co-anchor Cynthia McFadden (top right) to discuss their new film, inspired by the Tony-award winning musical. <p> It's some cast. Six have won Oscars. Everyone has been nominated except Fergie, who has won three Grammies. For the first and only time, "Nightline" got them all together at New York's legendary Plaza Hotel for one a feisty and intimate conversation.<p> <b>Watch Cynthia McFadden's interview with the cast of "Nine" on "Nightline" Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at 11:35 p.m. ET. </b>
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    Daniel Day-Lewis plays Guido Contini, an Italian movie director tormented by his desire for too many women.<p> "The prevailing sense that you have is of a man who is running helter-skelter from his own, from his very own self, and kind of has to be shepherded back to confronting it," said Day-Lewis.
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    Sophia Loren, left, plays Mamma, Guido's mother, and Penelope Cruz plays Carla, Guido's mistress.<p> "I try to make my son as I would like him to be, I've tried to adjust his life the way I would like it to be," said Loren of her character. "But sometimes there comes a moment that I cannot help him anymore because he has to go on his own and he has to decide himself what he wants to do with his life."<p> Cruz was known as "the warrior" on set for her dogged rehearsing.<p> "Well [my hands] had to bleed a little bit because of the ropes, yes, yes," said Cruz. "But I think you feel no physical pain after dancing for all those hours -- you get high in a good way."
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    Fergie plays a prostitute who introduces Guido Contini to sex.<p> "Fergie came in to London, auditioned in London," said director Rob Marshall. "I have never seen an audition like that in my life. I have never seen anyone want something more. To prove themselves and say this is mine and claim it and say this is my role, this is for me."
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    Kate Hudson plays Stephanie Necrophoros, a journalist who tempts Guido Contini. <p> "When you watch the film all these women have something that Guido thinks he needs," said Hudson. "He has to figure that out for himself."
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    Cynthia McFadden, Rob Marshall and Marion Cotillard. Marshall's directing credits include "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005) and the Oscar-winning "Chicago" (2002). In "Nine," Cotillard plays Luisa Contini, the wife of director Guido Contini. <p> "Rob, he directs by stealth," said Dame Judi Dench, who plays a friend of Contini. "He makes you feel, he makes you feel good about doing it and you do it. … He gives you a way of working that you think you are doing it amongst friends."
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    "I have to say the joy of being together has been incredible, because it's a very special, special group of people," said Rob Marshall, director of "Nine."
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    Dame Judi Dench plays a costume designer and friend of Guido Contini.<p> McFadden asked Dench whether Guido was the man that every man would like to be.<p> "He is the man he wants to be, and women in their fantasy may well want that kind of man," said Dench. "Most of us do," she added, with a laugh.
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    Nicole Kidman plays Guido Contini's muse, the woman he wants to star in his new movie.<p> "One of the lessons in life is learning to want what you have," said Kidman. "And I think that's probably what Guido has to get to, a place of going, 'I want what I already have, instead of I want, I want, I want, what's beyond.'"
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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Hudson and Cynthia McFadden.<p> Hudson said part of what she loved about working on "Nine" was "all of this work and all of the rooting that everyone was doing for each other, and all the support and the laughs and fun and late nights."
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