Two Girls and a Guy: About The Production

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Two women wait impatiently in front of a SoHo loft, each hoping to surprise her boyfriend upon his return from a trip to Los Angeles. Carla (Heather Graham) is beautiful, smart, sophisticated, reserved. Lou (Natasha Gregson Wagner) is vivacious, sexy, sassy and outspoken. Chatting, these two equally compelling women discover a surprise of their own - that the fantastic boyfriend they are each supposedly having a monogamous love affair with is the very same man: Blake Allen (Robert Downey Jr.), a struggling actor with a talent for evading the truth.

Carla and Lou could just walk away from a cruel, inexplicable betrayal and begin again. But that's not what they decide to do. Instead they sneak into Blake's apartment, and over the next few incredible hours, the two women attempt to uncover the truth about the enigmatic Blake Allen any which way they can - from dramatic confrontation to fevered seduction to shocking revelation.

Why did such a seemingly talented and passionate man stoop to such damaging sexual duplicitousness? Did he really love either of them? Can love exist under a veil of lies? And what about his mother?

These and other questions come to the fore in James Toback's provocative, sexy and cinematically inventive look at the comedy and confusion of romance: "Two Girls and a Guy."

Lou: I thought you loved me. I really did. And, Carla thought you loved her.

Blake: I did I and I do. I really

Lou: Me or her?

Blake: Both of you.

Lou: Oh, both is very convenient, really convenient.

Writer/director James Toback re-examines the age-old love triangle from an entirely new angle in his provocative comedy "Two Girls and a Guy." Shot in just eleven days almost entirely in real time and with a frank sexual realism, the film is a bold attempt to capture dramatically and visually the intensity, complexity and ambiguity of modern relationships in a time when fidelity, sexuality and honesty aren't always a happy trio.

Which of the three will survive and who will fall in love are two of the questions that drive the psychological suspense in this emotionally charged tale of the late '90s.

"The essential idea," Toback says, "was to portray and dramatize an increasingly significant part of the modern sexual/romantic world, a world in which AIDS, while acknowledged as the ongoing health danger it surely is, has ceased to paralyze people in their quest for sexual discovery, a world in which traditional ideas about romance and love - sexual fidelity, commitment, permanence - are all being rigorously re-examined, a world in which honesty and directness are qualities valued as highly in theory as they are violated frequently in practice."

Thus was set in motion a story of three characters drawn into an unexpected dissection of the desires, passions and fears that brought them together in the first place and will perhaps now drive them apart.

Says Toback: "These two women have each spent ten months with Blake, thinking he was theirs. Now they know he's a liar and a cheat. So a) they want to know how he did it; b) they want to know why he did it; and c) there's still a matter of competition between them."

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