To the best of my knowledge, Emma Thompson is the only Oscar-winning actress (and screenwriter) who’s ever said that extreme vulgarity in modern comedy is “just like watching somebody getting their dick out and putting it on someone’s shoulder.” (You only get to read it, but I had the pleasure of hearing it spoken aloud, as if by Jane Austen herself.)
In The Love Punch, Thompson and Pierce Brosnan play a long-divorced couple who begin to fall back in love with each other as they try to steal a diamond from the unscrupulous billionaire who sank their financial fortunes. Celia Imrei (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) play their couple-friends who become their partners in crime. It’s an old-fashioned caper of a movie from writer/director Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey), and while there is no pecker-on-shoulder contact, there’s one crazy turn after another as the four friends try to right a wrong.
In a slightly NSFW exclusive clip from the film, which opens in theaters on May 23, the ex-spouses decide that it’s time to fight fire with fire. And if that means they have to act like the Pink Panther diamond thief, so be it. Then, in a charming interview, Thompson discusses working with James Bond, marriages that go the distance, and the number of times men have asked to marry her. For the record, she’s already married to actor Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility) — and my proposal did not count. READ FULL STORY