Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Emily Blunt Briefly Appears in Boston

As Media Director for the Boston LGBT Film Festival I was asked to attend a screening of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN which would be attended by one of the stars of the film Emily Blunt, the British actress best known for her roles in THE YOUNG VICTORIA & THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. The film is based on the Paul Torday novel about a fisheries expert in London named Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) who is approached by an uptight consultant, Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) to help bring a sheik’s vision to life. The sheik (Amr Waked) wants to bring his favorite sport, fly-fishing, to the middle of the Yemen desert. At first this seems like a selfish act but then the truth unravels & it’s clear that the sheik is trying to feed his people. It’s a must-see romantic comedy that also stars Kristin Scott Thomas. There is a love scene with Blunt & McGregor where they swim in the river under moonlight. Blunt told the audience that the reality of that scene was that they were freezing to death in the 2 feet of cold water where the hardest challenge was to stop their teeth from chattering. The film is directed by Lasse Hallström (CHOCOLAT) & the Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy ( SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.) SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN has a limited release on March 9th.
Blunt was in Boston visiting her in-laws. As you know she married to Newton native actor John Krasinski (THE OFFICE). During PRADA Blunt's friend Anne Hathaway introduced her to Krasinski in 2008. "It's one of those things where, as soon as you meet someone, you know," Krasinski later told Ellen DeGeneres. "She says she knew, too!" Krasinski & Blunt tied the knot in a private ceremony at George Clonney’s Villa D'Este in Lake Como, Italy, on July 10, 2010. Guests included George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jimmy Kimmel, David Schwimmer, Stanley Tucci and Matt Damon. Emily Blunt & John Krasinsky live in the Los Angeles area of California.
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