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Jennifer Lopez has romcom ‘homecoming’ with ‘Marry Me’

/ 05:22 PM February 10, 2022
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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attend a special screening of the film “Marry Me” at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Feb. 8, 2022. Image: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

LONDON — Jennifer Lopez plays a familiar role in new film “Marry Me,” portraying a pop superstar whose love life is scrutinized by millions.

Often snapped by photographers herself, Lopez plays Kat Valdez in the movie, half of a music superstar couple with her partner Bastian.

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The two plan to wed in front of a global audience, streaming their nuptials to their fans, but shortly before, Kat learns Bastian has been unfaithful and instead marries a stranger in the crowd, Charlie, played by Owen Wilson.

“This wasn’t a role where I had to research what it was like to be a famous recording artist… I understand what all of that is already,” Lopez said during a virtual press conference.

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“The difficult part was… the idea of showing what it’s really like inside my bedroom when something goes wrong and you suffer a heartbreak like this in front of the whole world and the media kind of goes to town on you.”

Released in time for Valentine’s Day, the movie is a romantic comedy “homecoming” for Lopez, known for films like “Maid in Manhattan,” “The Wedding Planner” and “The Back-up Plan.”

“I, as a moviegoer, love romantic comedies. Those are some of my favorite movies of all time, whether it’s ‘When Harry met Sally’ or ‘Prelude to a Kiss’ or any of these type of movies,” Lopez said.

“All of those movies is what I grew up on in a way, and I love them so much. And so it is kind of a homecoming for me because I haven’t done one in a few years.”

Colombian singer Maluma makes his acting debut in the film, playing Bastian.

“We both love music. We both love touring, (performing) and everything. So I felt pretty connected,” he said of his character, though dismissing Bastian’s unfaithfulness.

“I enjoyed… the experience of being in the movie… even making the music was beautiful too,” he added.

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“Marry Me” hits the United States and British cinemas on Friday, Feb. 11.  AP/JB

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