The battle of the sexes heats up and rears its ugly head in Columbia Pictures' new sex-comedy "The Ugly Truth” starring Katherine Heigl (“Knocked Up,” “27 Dresses”) and Gerard Butler (“300,” “P.S. I Love You”). The film is directed by Robert Luketic (“21,” “Legally Blonde”).
In the film, Abby Richter (Heigl) is a romantically challenged morning show producer whose search for Mr. Perfect has left her hopelessly single. She's in for a rude awakening when her bosses team her with Mike Chadway ( Butler ), a hardcore TV personality who promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick.
Abby is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by Mike to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result.
“There’s a lot of, shall I say, flagrant banging, swearing, climaxing and squealing,” director Robert Luketic says of “The Ugly Truth.” Luketic jumped aboard when Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal told him the studio had landed Heigl for the female lead. “I had just seen `Knocked Up’ and thought she was a breath of fresh air,” he says. “You’re always looking for the `It Girl,’ and she seemed to have all the elements, with a new spin.”
For the likable brute, producers kept pushing Butler . “I was skeptical,” the director admits. “The guy in `300’? In a comedy with Katherine Heigl?” So the two men went out to dinner, and Luketic said he was sold before they’d even placed their order. “I was telling jokes, and long, politically incorrect stories,” says Butler who’d passed on several romantic comedies because he found them too soft. “When I read the script, I said, `OK, this is me.’”
Heigl wrapped up production on “Grey’s Anatomy” last Spring, only two days before filming began, so her rehearsal process consisted of a night of drinks with Luketic and Butler at the actress’ house in L.A. How was the chemistry? “Three alpha, outrageous people,” Butler says.
Opening soon across the Philippines , “The Ugly Truth” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.