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Posted on Mon, Oct. 13, 2003
Zeta-Jones Talks About Marriage and Kids
Associated Press

Catherine Zeta-Jones says her marriage to Michael Douglas is neither intolerable nor cruel.

The actress, who stars in the new comedy, "Intolerable Cruelty" with George Clooney, said she's not cynical about marriage like her scheming character, Marliyn Rexroth.

"Take it a day at a time, and be kind. In our business, we meet a lot of people and sometimes you spend so much time being nice to strangers," she told reporters. "Just keep a clear head and be nice to each other."

Zeta-Jones found out she was pregnant during filming, and gave birth in April to daughter Carys.

"I have a little lady in waiting who's going to drive her dad nuts in about 15 years, and my son is just terrific, he's a showman, he's a lot of fun to be around," she said.

The film centers around Clooney, as Miles Massey the most successful divorce lawyer in Los Angeles.

Zeta-Jones is his scheming client, and is glamorous beyond all physical possibility - a perfect match for Clooney in every regard.

Marylin's ex-husband, the wealthy (of course) real estate developer Rex Rexroth (Edward Herrmann), initially walked into Miles' office after a private investigator (Cedric the Entertainer) catches him bouncing around a motel room with a lingerie-clad blonde.

Despite the abundance of physical evidence, Miles wins the case for Rex with his ultra-slick courtroom skills, and Marylin ends up with nothing. To get revenge, Marylin marries gullible oil tycoon Howard Doyle (Billy Bob Thornton, who's hilariously doofy) and enlists Miles' services in drawing up the famous "Massey prenup," knowing fully that Howard won't hold her to it. All Howard can do is sit by cluelessly as sparks fly between the lawyer and his future wife.

The film was the third most popular last weekend, drawing $13.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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