goal. I only missed a few weeks total. I've decided to end the year the way I started it, with a romance. This time, however, it's one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies, one where everything comes down to that faithful New Year's Eve. Say goodbye to 2010 and ring in all the great things that 2011 will bring with "When Harry Met Sally..." (1989)!
"When Harry Met Sally..." is the story of a man and a woman and their friendship over many years in New York City. Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) first meet for a road trip after college to New York. Complete opposites, they part ways on arrival, only to meet again five years later on a plane trip. Again they part, only to finally meet again six years later and become best friends. But can men and women truly be friends without sex getting in the way? Only time will tell in this brilliant comedy by screenwriter Nora Ephron and director Rob Reiner.
Stand By Me" and "The Princess Bride." But the trio would get together once a year at least to keep the project moving until production began.
All in the Family" as, coincidentally enough, Reiner's best friend. But Reiner did not initially hand Crystal the part of Harry. He looked around first before finally realizing that there was no other choice but Crystal. Crystal had never had a leading man role in a film before, not like this, but he had witnessed personally Reiner's struggle to date again after his divorce. Therefore, he already knew Harry inside and out, and with Crystal joining the team, the script just got even funnier.
famous deli scene was created. Only in the first draft, Sally didn't fake an orgasm at the table. That idea came from Meg Ryan herself. Unfortunately, when it came down to the shoot, Meg was a little nervous and wasn't giving it the gusto Reiner wanted. So Reiner demonstrated himself, slapping the table and screaming "Yes!" at the top of his lungs. The funniest part about all this? He did it right in front of his mother. Crystal came up with the topper line, "I'll have what she's having," and Reiner gave it to the perfect actress - his mother. That line is now #33 on AFI's "100 Years...100 Movie Quotes" list.
Innerspace," this was Ryan's first starring role as well. Reiner had considered Molly Ringwald, Susan Dey, Elizabeth Perkins, and Elizabeth McGovern before finally hiring Ryan for the role that catapulted her into America's Sweetheart status. And the character of Sally was based primarily on Ephron. Someone who's very neat, controlling, yet optimistic in many ways, Ephron has the exact same characteristic of ordering all her food very, very specifically, mainly with things "on the side." After spending many working lunches with her, Reiner noticed this trait and insisted Ephron include it for Sally. Thanks to the fame of "WHMS," Ephron one time had a waitress mention to her, "Have you ever seen 'When Harry Met Sally'?" after Ephron gave another complicated order.
So, ring in the new year with this great romantic comedy! "When Harry Met Sally" is available on DVD almost everywhere. Have a wonderful New Year's Eve, everyone, and I'll see you back here in 2011 with even more great Hollywood trivia and stories to tell. And thanks again for being part of such a wonderful year for me!
(Post-tidbit: If you visit Katz's Deli in New York, you can sit at the actual table where the famous deli scene was shot. They even have a sign pointing to it, which says "Where Harry met Sally...hope you have what she had!")
(Post-post-tidbit: Ironically and wonderfully, while making this film based on his horrible single life, Reiner met and fell in love with his future wife Michele.)