is a female-centric movie, it’s not a tree-hugging anthem to man-hate. In fact, one of its most put-together characters just happens to be one with a Y chromosome.
During Annie’s travels, she encounters police officer Nathan Rhodes. He falls head over heels for her, but year’s of weird relationships means Annie just doesn’t know how to react when she meets somebody who genuinely likes her.
The role of Rhodes went to Irish actor Chris O’Dowd, whose CV includes the likes of
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“People can be very sacrosanct about their scripts, and they can want nothing to be changed, and be very protective,” O’Dowd notes of the crew's love of improv. “But here, it was: ‘Whatever the best lines and best scenes are will be used.’ That’s the way it should be.”
The improvisation even extended to encompass O’Dowd’s Irish accent. “Chris came in and he did an American accent,” recalls producer Barry Mendel, “and then I thought, ‘Let’s try his natural Irish one.’ All of a sudden, this whole other side of him came out, this whole new charm.
“It helped us to flesh out his character in the final writing process, and I think he felt more comfortable being able to react on the fly during the shoot, too.” Rhodes isn't the only man in Annie's life, though…