It’s New Year’s Eve and the ball’s about to drop on a group of romantics in New York when the clock strikes midnight. Cue New Year's Eve, a Valentine’s Day-style movie with a cast of megastars led by the same director, Garry Marshall, in a series of individual vignettes. The best thing about these ‘collection of short stories’ type films is that the director can pack in load of T’Towners into one production, and so it is with this flick. In fact, it would probably be easier to tell you who’s not in it, but we’re going to give listing the cast a go!
The stars of the festive feel-good flick of the season include [deep breath]: Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara! Phew!
We caught up with some of these A-listers to find out more about what’s pegged to be a Christmas blockbuster. Read on for all the goss!
Ashton Kutcher: Killjoy
Ash plays Randy, a too-cool-to-care killjoy who has nothing good to say about anything
“When they told me Garry was directing, I said ‘yes’ before I even read the script!” admits Ashton, who has worked with director Garry Marshall (and new Year’s Eve co-star Jessica Biel) in the movie Valentine’s Day.
Ash also admits that his character in New Year’s Eve is a bit of a prat initially. “He’s a bit of a jerk. His holiday plan is to stay home and avoid the whole celebration because all the amateur partiers are crowding the streets - all those guys who don’t go out all year and then suddenly go bananas on New Year’s Eve - and he thinks he’s above all that.”
Ashton’s character starts to eventually undergo a transformation. How does that happen? Well, in that oldest of rom-com traditions, he meets a girl.
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Lea Michele: Gets Randy
Glee’s Lea plays Elise, a back-up singer who gets trapped in a lift with Ashton’s Randy
“It doesn’t start well,” says Lea about the being trapped in an elevator with Ash. “Out of the thousands of people celebrating that night, Elise can’t understand why she got stuck with this one. But as time passes they get to know each other a little. She’s a singer and he’s an artist so they discover that they have more similarities than differences. She’s also curious about what happened to make him feel the way he does.”
Sarah Jessica Parker: Mum from Hell
SJP plays Kim, an overly cautious single mother with a teenage daughter
“It’s probably been a great source of comfort for Kim to have her daughter and a certain routine in her life, but what we discover is that her daughter Hailey is no longer willing to play that role. She’s at an age where she wants to be out experiencing life. For many parents that’s a hard transition, and in particular for Kim, because she’s alone and has been more reliant upon Hailey for company than she’ll admit,” the star says about her character.
Halle Berry: Top bedside Manner
Halle plays nurse Aimee who’s looking after Stan, a patient coming to terms with a serious illness
“Stan reflects on his life and there’s a point when he starts to hallucinate and believes Aimee is someone else, someone who was once close to him. It’s a sweet and touching moment. Aimee is away from her own loved ones on New Year’s Eve and doesn’t expect it to be a joyous occasion, but she’s going to make the best of it, and tonight that means caring for her patient,” says the Oscar-winning actress, adding, “I think there’s a part of her that understands what it’s like to have regrets.”
Jessica Biel: Preggers and Competitive
Jessica plays Tess, who’s expecting her first child and wants to take home the hospital’s $25,000 prize for giving birth to the first baby of the New Year
“She and her husband try all kinds of unusual things to induce labor. Then, after a couple of false starts, her water breaks the same time as another woman’s does and they go into labor simultaneously. It’s really close. You don’t know who’s going to win till the very last minute,” Jessica reveals.
Zac Efron: Wheeler-Dealer
Zac plays Paul, a confident young bike messenger who wants to hit the hottest party in town
“He’s an energetic, fun-loving guy who prides himself on being a guy who gets things done and nothing breaks his stride.” Zac’s Paul has the wheels and resourcefulness to help someone in need, and that’s what might get him what he wants most – tickets to the hottest party in town, the Ahern Records Masked Ball.
Michelle Pfeiffer: Mousy Assistant
Michelle plays Ingrid, who has a scary brush with mortality
“Ingrid is someone who has walked the same small circuit of her neighborhood and worked the same thankless job without complaint her entire adult life,” says Michelle Pfeiffer, who takes on the role of a woman who often goes unnoticed. “Afraid of her own shadow, she’s carved out a simple, safe existence that won’t throw her any surprises.”
Hilary Swank: Time Manager
Hilary plays Claire, the newly promoted Vice President of the Times Square Alliance
Hilary admits that she had no idea of what goes on behind the scenes of the legendary Times Square as the New Year approaches. “As an audience member you think someone pushes a button and it just happens, but there is so much that can go wrong. From the time you meet Claire to where the story ends there are a lot of dramatic and funny things that happen on that platform, any of which could potentially ruin the entire event, not to mention her career.”
Jon Bon Jovi: Rock Hero
Jon Bon Jovi plays Jensen, a rock superstar who bumps into the girl he let slip away
“He’s trying to think of a way back into her life, a way to get back into her good graces, if that’s even possible,” Bon Jovi explains about his role.
Katherine Heigl: The Ex
Katherine plays Laura, who’s still hurt and angry about the way she and Jensen parted a year ago
“It all comes to a head at the party (where she meets him),” Katherine says. “Without warning, Laura just slaps him, out of nowhere, and storms off, and then you realise they have a history. They were serious about each other once but he moved on without any explanation. He broke her heart and she’s been harboring a lot of resentment ever since, just dreaming of the day when she could let him have it.”
Josh Duhamel: The Romantic
Josh plays Sam, who’s thinking about the fascinating woman he met by chance on New Year’s Eve one year ago
“She wouldn’t give him her number. She said things were complicated for her and that if he was still interested next year they could meet at the same spot, same time,” Josh reveals about his character, who’s also been in a road accident. “As much as he thinks it’s crazy and tries to dismiss the idea, he wonders if she’ll be there now… and if she’ll be looking for him.”