Warner Bros.’ new comedy “Arthur” brings the inspired pairing of charismatic British comedian Russell Brand with Oscar®-winning actress Helen Mirren, in roles based on the 1981 performances of Dudley Moore as Arthur, and Sir John Gielgud as his strait-laced butler. Now he faces his biggest challenge—choosing between an arranged marriage to ambitious corporate exec Susan (Jennifer Garner), that will ensure his lavish lifestyle, or an uncertain future with the one thing money can’t buy, Naomi (Greta Gerwig), the woman he really loves.
|Helen Mirren plays Hobson, Arthur's Nany, the only real family he's ever known.|
What Helen Mirren particularly appreciated about the Hobson role was that, unlike the others in Arthur’s life, “Hobson is not a simple enabler. She’s a strong character. She doesn’t so much stand up to him, because technically he is her employer, but she’s perfectly capable and unafraid of telling him he’s behaving like an idiot and she knows him well enough to send him up. It’s a rich, intense and complicated relationship; there is undeniably a great love there and a great depth of feeling.”
|Jennifer Garner is Susan, ambitious corporate exec deemed the most suitable match for Arthur.|
“Susan isn’t after the money, because she has money of her own, but the position and power Arthur’s name can provide,” explains Garner. “Her family came from poor beginnings and she made something of herself the hard way, but that ultimate status eludes her and she’s savvy enough to know this is the only way to get it.”
|Greta Gerwig plays Naomi, A New York City tour guide who shares Arthur's idealism and spontaneity.|
“The wonderful thing about Naomi is that she doesn’t want to be anywhere other than where she is. When she discovers Arthur is a billionaire, she thinks that’s fine for him, but she’s not covetous and doesn’t see it as an opportunity to improve her life. She thinks her life is pretty good already. Her affection can’t be bought,” says Gerwig.
ARTHUR will open across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 23, 2011. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.