Yes, this Mad Money was fake … but it was still high-maintenance. “There was so much money that every time we had to move something, all this money had to be moved around or replaced and picked up!” says director Callie Khouri of her movie about three female bank robbers (costarring Katie Holmes). “Everybody had to help pick up money.”
“She sings and dances and keeps everybody entertained,” Khouri says of working with Queen Latifah, who plays a single mom in the film. “She had just finished recording a record, so she’d just start singing along to something. She’s one of those people who can do lots of different characters, she’s just silly.”
Shooting the scene after the first heist, Khouri told the ladies (Latifah, Diane Keaton and Holmes), “Just make it a food fight with money!”
Ted Danson worked his mojo on the set. “He’s a guy who really knows how to be around women,” says the director. “He’s really funny and he’s charming, but not overly flirty.” Except onscreen, perhaps: Playing Diane Keaton’s husband in the movie, he shared “fantastic chemistry” with her, Khouri says.
As a comedienne, Holmes “has got great timing and she’s really funny. I was shocked!” says Khouri. Holmes’s blue-collar character “is a person who is totally into her own world when she’s at work because her job is so boring … so all she does is listen to music and she dances around.”