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Tim Allen and Courtney Cox in Zoom
Who is Courtney Cox? I know Courtney Cox Arquette, but where did this Arquette-less person come from? Turns out, the former Friend is going back to her maiden name, as evidenced in the opening titles to her new movie Zoom.
Cox Talks Zoom
“If you ever tried to sign a name with that many letters, you have no choice, really,” she joked. “I didn't drop it officially but my dad passed away about 5 years ago now and so when he passed away I kind of thought, I don't want [his name to be lost]. I've actually just wanted to keep my name Courteney Cox, and yes I'm still Courteney Cox-Arquette on my social security and my driver's license but it's also really long, so keeping it simple and keeping my dad's name around.”
In Zoom, Cox plays a government lab assistant helping Tim Allen train a young generation of superheroes to use their powers. With Allen as the verbal comic relief, it’s up to Cox to provide the physical.
“Tim helped me with my pratfalls. It was fun. I was glad that that was part of my character as opposed to just being the girl in the movie. It was fun to play kind of a klutzy scientist obsessed with comic books.”
Cox developed the clumsy aspect of her character to make the battle of the sexes in the film more believable. “It was one of those things where I read the script and I knew that I wanted to work with Tim, and I thought it was really sweet and fun adventure film. But I thought that the girl's character was a little too much like the girl's character who at first she's not attracted to the guy and whatever. I remember Tim saying, ‘I would be attracted to that.’ I remember saying to him, ‘But I wouldn't be attracted to you.’ Not in real life but he was wondering how he'd be attracted to me. I'm like, ‘It's a movie. Deal with it.’ He wanted me to be really strong and beautiful. And I'm like, "’No, I'm a nerd. I should be obsessed with you.’ Yes, I'm a little goofy but maybe I'm funny and you'll find me endearing.’ I think it worked out. I just didn't want to play the typical girl.”
Zoom opens to theatres this Friday, August 11th.
For the trailer, more interviews, movie stills and more movie info, go to the Zoom