Unfortunately, he was detained in the UK, and the "date night" was rescheduled to a "phone date" later in the week.
I hadn't been on a date with someone other than my husband in almost 20 years (!!), so I was actually okay with that development.
I took a friend to see the movie with me, and we had a girls' night out, which I prefer to awkward first dates. Read my review of the movie and part of my interview, along with getting a chance to win a fun movie prize pack at 5 Minutes for Mom.
So, my phone date started out with me trying to find common ground, which is key in successful small talk, right? Terry and I are a bit obsessed with our renewed love of The
"I usually say please discount what you read at all costs, but in this case, it's true," he answered in his British accent.
I followed up with some information I had learned while watching the commentary on one of the episodes (as I said, obsessed) that the actor Richard Schiff loved working with food. I mentioned this to Matthew, and said that I noticed a lot of food bits in his current movie -- a sandwich and two different apples are used. "Was that intentional on your part?"
"Most was in the script, but we might have put the apple in. It's always good to have a prop, so you don't just stand there looking like a looney."
"What do you admire in an actor?" I asked.
"Sam Rockwell. That can answer your question," he said without much hesitation. "He can do so much -- disappear into the roles, do comedy and drama. I'm not sure I could put myself in that bracket, but it's something to live up to. It's not the easiest job to do: 'This week I'm going to play Lincoln.''"
"What is your idea of a good date night, and has it changed since you've settled down and become a father?"
"It depends. When we're abroad, and we have time, we quite like popping in and having afternoon cheese plates. Does that sound very old-fashioned?"
"No," I said,
He continued with the banter, "Yes, we love to take a glass. A good cheese plate, followed by a long meal, and at some point the removal of clothing. That's a pretty good date night."
I'm glad I wasn't sitting across the table from him at this point, because I would have been bright red, I'm sure -- not to mention the fact that when we ended the call, he called me "darling." What would I have done with that little remark had I been sipping a Diet Pepsi in a dark pub with this actor?
Christina, one of the members of his fan site MatthewGoode.net had posted: "Though I’m sure that I will be one of the many women to see Matthew Goode in LEAP YEAR, I’m disappointed that he is falling back into a romantic comedy role. The man is Oscar Worthy. He should not be doing films where his purpose is to make women giggle and swoon."
I have to say that although I haven't seen him in his serious roles (Brideshead Revisited and The Single Man), that he is quite able at making this particular girl giggle and swoon.
My friend Nicole and I enjoyed this movie. If you're looking to get out with girlfriends, or having a date night of your own, go see Leap Year -- opening in theaters January 8.
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Disclosure: Universal studies treated me to a pre-release screening of the movie.