Justin Long on wearing many hats with ‘A Case of You’

Justin Long plays a man hunting for love in "A Case of You." Credit: Getty Images
Justin Long plays a man hunting for love in “A Case of You.”
Credit: Getty Images

Justin Long is on a mission to restore the good name of romantic comedies with “A Case of You,” a film he produced, co-wrote and stars in about a guy (Long) glomming on the Facebook-posted interests of a girl (Evan Rachel Wood) to woo her. And since Long is calling the shots here, he and Wood won’t be standing back-to-back on the poster.

As a producer, co-writer and star, you’re wearing many hats here. I would imagine the writing came first?

Yes, the writing came first. [Laughs] Once it looked like it was taking some sort of shape that people were responding to, that’s when I set about to maybe get it made, and we became producers. And I realized why producers always seem so stressed out and anxious. [Laughs] And then we shot it. We raised the money, and I acted in it.

Yes, I noticed. What was it about this point in your career that made you want to take on writing and producing as well?

I’d been reading a lot of the same thing, and I just felt like it was time to exercise a little bit more control over what I was doing. Writing and producing seemed like the best way to do that. They’re also not making the kind of mid-level movies that they used to make. And I love smaller stories and realistic, independent movies, and so I just felt like I wanted to have a more integral part in attempting to make things like that.

I don’t want to call this a “romantic comedy,” in case that’s a pejorative…

A pejorative, yeah. [Laughs] The unnecessarily expensive ones that all have some sort of heightened conflict, that all look really nice but sort of plastic-y — I think those are the ones that have made that term pejorative. I call them “back-to-backers,” when the poster always has two people back-to-back, and the guy’s pointing at the girl like, “I don’t know about this one!” And the girl’s like, “Are you kidding me with this guy?”

What was your approach to avoiding that with this film?

I know it’s such a cliche answer, but we did truly just try to write what we know. We wrote about a conflict that seemed like it could be relatable with the advent of social media and dating. Certainly when we started writing it that was very fresh. [Laughs] I think it continues to be. It’s really changed the playing field introducing tools like Facebook and Instagram. It’s just going to change the whole thing. Human interactions are just going to be completely nullified. On one hand it’s kind of useful — you can save a lot of time, maybe? Because it does take time to go on dates. That’s a night of your life. Those are very precious hours. [Laughs]



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…