Netflix’s new film “Love Wedding Repeat” is exactly the kind of entertainment the world could use right now. “We wanted it to be this is really light, fun romantic comedy.” Star Olivia Munn says on this week’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.”
The Wedding Ensemble (available now on Netflix), directed by Dean Craig, stars Sam Claflin as the brother of the bride (Eleanor Tomlinson) who is hoping to rekindle a romance with one of his sister’s friends. Played by Munn. But things take a disastrous turn when a childhood friend (Jack Farthing) shows up coked out of his mind and determined to profess his love for the wife-to-be. Rounding out the cast are Freida Pinto, Joel Fry, Tim Key, Allan Mustafa, and Aisling Bea.
In a twist, the film also imagines what would happen under different circumstances. “It’s like if everybody sat at a table, and you have your place settings, and what if things were just Changed Slightly, and now everybody was sitting at a different seat?” Munn explains. “So how could everything change from that one moment? And just those small choices that really just kind of completely change your life.”
They shot on location at the 17th century Villa Parisi outside of Rome. “We had an Italian crew,” Munn says. “So we’d be learning Italian – can’t remember any of the Italian – but we loved being able to work with this Italian crew. It was an ensemble, so we’re all getting to hang out together all the time, and laugh. This is, for me. What you dream of, just to go to work and laugh every day.”
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HOW ARE YOU SURVIVING IN THIS CORONAVIRUS WORLD?
I’m surviving and very grateful. You hear how many people are struggling and how many people are not surviving, and it’s definitely surreal. I had two friends die unexpectedly, actually, within a week and a half of each other. And that was such a crazy, very surreal experience. They’re both young. One was actually a very new mother. She had her baby one day and then passed away unexpectedly the next. Another friend of mine, my best friend from high school, and she was diagnosed with colon cancer just a couple of weeks before and then died. And we thought that she had more months of fighting and all that. And so it’s a very surreal feeling to go through a loss like that because it feels like it didn’t really happen. So much a part of grief is the grieving together with people and being able to hug my friends’ moms or husbands and say goodbye. And so it’s a very strange, dream-like state to not be able to say goodbye to people.