Jennifer Lopez Wants A Sequel To “Gigli”
Just because Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are married now doesn’t mean that she’s not going to milk their love, both past, and present, for some attention. JLo already announced that she’s doing a follow-up to her album This Is Me…Then called This Is Me…Now, and it’ll be inspired by her love with Ben. And now, she may be preparing a relaunch of another Bennifer 1.0 classic: the “film” Gigli. Jennifer suggests/jokes/teases/threatens to Vogue that the movie she’d love to make a sequel to is the box office and critical disaster Gigli.
JLo invited Vogue into parts of her house to do their 73 Questions bit. JLo was asked which of her films she’d like to make a sequel to, and wouldn’t you guess?! She said Gigli. RIGHT away, too; it’s so
clearly planned wild. She also was asked who made her laugh most between takes and, GUESS WHO IT IS? “My husband, Ben.”
Gigli made a whopping $7.2 million on a $75.6 million budget. And here’s a synopsis of that mess in case you forgot. via Entertainment Weekly:
Written and directed by Martin Brest, the crime comedy, which starred her and now-husband Ben Affleck, centered around a bumbling mobster named Larry (Affleck) who is tasked with kidnapping the younger brother of a powerful prosecutor. An independent contractor named Ricki (Lopez) accompanies him to ensure that the mission goes smoothly.
Ben also happened to speak about Gigli with EW back in January of this year, and he said at the time that the reaction to his acting in Gigli made him look into directing. HA.
“If the reaction to Gigli hadn’t happened, I probably wouldn’t have ultimately decided, “I don’t really have any other avenue but to direct movies,” which has turned out to be the real love of my professional life,” Ben Affleck told EW in January. “So in those ways, it’s a gift. And I did get to meet Jennifer, the relationship with whom has been really meaningful to me in my life.”
In hindsight, Affleck added, the film was essentially a “horse’s head in a cow’s body” that didn’t quite make sense.
“The studio at the time, because I had begun having this relationship with Jennifer Lopez, which was selling a lot of magazines and appeared to generate a lot of enthusiasm, they just predictably latched onto, “They want a romantic comedy. They want the two of them together. More of that!” And it was just like that SNL sketch: “Bad Idea.””
So few people saw Gigli that they really could make a sequel and go anywhere they want with it. Not a single person would be looking for continuity, so I suppose by that measure, it is a creative opportunity. Ben can direct it! Except, as he said, he actually likes directing, so he may not want to tarnish his directorial reputation with such a thing, even for
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