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Miami Vice Love

Published July 26, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures.
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Being an R rated movie, Miami Vice can show a lot more heat than the original TV series. Every major character gets a love scene. Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) and Trudy (Naomie Harris) get it on in the shower and in bed, and Crockett (Colin Farrell) romances criminal liaison Isabella (Gong Li).

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For her big love scene, Harris was nervous. “I haven’t done one before, actually, and simulating sex in front of 50 people is always really intimidating,” she said. “But, Michael [Mann] was really great because he made sure that there were as few people as possible in the room, and Jamie was fantastic as well because he really tried to make me feel comfortable, and keep me laughing, as well, as much as possible.”

Some of the comic relief even ended up in the scene, with Tubbs pretending to finish too soon, and then revealing he is a dynamo after all. “I thought the most important thing to do with this love scene is, after you’ve been with someone for a period of years, its never like music and flowers and candles,” Foxx said. “No, it’s not like that. There’s a little bit of fun. You kind of know each other. So, that was the reasoning of having that comic relief. We’ve done it before, so that makes it easier, as opposed to slow motion.”

Director Mann approved of Foxx’s choice. “As he was saying, it comes out of the nature of the relationship,” Mann said. “Tubbs is the more volatile of the two partners, but his life is centered in this relationship. And, as Jamie was saying, it’s Tuesday night. It’s not the profound experience that Crockett has, when he meets the right woman and the wrong woman, and they get together.”



For Crockett’s love scene, the love scene represented the tragedy of their relationship. “Isabella and Crockett are two people who find each other, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, though they’re the right people,” Farrell said. “That’s the unfortunate thing about what transpires between the two of them. To quote good old Jerry Maguire, they do kind of complete each other. They are two people that live in very volatile environments. He’s on one side of the law and this woman, Isabella, is on the other side of the law, and they come together in what is a very dangerous idea and a very bad idea. The scene they have in Havana, they say at the bar, ‘You know, this is never going to last. It’s never going to work,’ but they find in each other, in that act of making love, that it’s almost overwhelming. It’s almost too much to take. Crockett’s someone that would have had one night stands, over the years, prolifically, and never be emotionally attached to anyone, and one of the primary reasons would be the work that he involves himself in. But, he finds, with this woman, someone that seems to make complete sense, perfect sense. And so, doing our scene together was just about emotional investment, or emotional realization, in seeing some of yourself, maybe the best of yourself and none of the worst, in the other person, but there is something quite tragic too it, as well, I suppose.”

Miami Vice comes to theatres this Friday, July 28th.

For the trailers, posters, full synopsis, early reviews and more movie info, head over to the Miami Vice Movie Page.

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