Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Uma Has Last Laugh

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Uma Has Last Laugh

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Byline: Neil Bonner reports

SHE'S proved herself in period roles and of course was a huge success in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.

But all the while, Uma Thurman was aching to break into comedy.

"Trouble was, no one was falling over themselves to offer me anything in that genre," she said.

"So in the end I decided to do it for myself - it took me 10 years!"

The result is THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND, which sees her taking lead and producing roles and which, she hopes, will encourage film-makers to consider her for future comedy parts.

The 37-year-old plays Dr Emma Lloyd, a popular New York radio shrink doling out sensible advice to the lovelorn.

Off air, her own life is equally successful, with plans to tie the knot with the dependable Richard, played by Colin Firth.

All seems pretty straightforward until she advises a young woman, unsure of her true feelings, to call off her wedding to a handsome firefighter called Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

To get his own back, he gets a young computer whiz to hack into her marriage details - and he manages to change her on-line wedding certificate to show that she is actually "married" to Patrick.

Hence, she acquires an accidental husband, making it tricky to wed again until the fake marriage is annulled.

Of course, she grows to quite like cheeky chappie Patrick.

What follows is a conventional love triangle that constantly poses the question: Which one will she choose?

"It's a wonderful story," says Uma. She acquired the rights to the film from two unknown writers, Mimi Hare and Clare Naylor.

"Ten years ago I was in period dramas, which I loved, but I always wanted to do a comedy - but I couldn't even get a reading," says Uma.

"Then when I saw this script I loved everything about it from the title to the set-up of the plot to the dialogue, so I decided to do it myself. …

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