Aniston and Wilson explore marriage in "Marley & Me"

Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:43pm EST
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By Nichola Groom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In their new film "Marley & Me," Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson pick up where most couples in romantic comedies end -- at the start of a happily-ever-after marriage.

The movie, which opens Christmas Day, follows John and Jenny Grogan as they evolve from career-focused newlyweds to parents of three young children. It afforded both actors the challenge of making the ins-and-outs of married life look as exciting as any over-the-top boy-meets-girl comedy, they said.

"It was refreshing to read a story about a marriage and not be the traditional romantic comedy with some high-concept plot to see how the guy's going to get the girl or how the girl's going to get the guy," Aniston told Reuters in a recent, joint interview Wilson.

"You know, she's leaving for Antarctica. He has to take a boat there to get her," Wilson joked, to emphasize the typical high-concept Hollywood romance.

"This movie is picking up where we're together. And then how do you make that work and make that interesting?" he said.

In "Marley & Me," directed by "The Devil Wears Prada" director David Frankel, the chase scenes and action sequences come in the form of the couple's dog, a rambunctious yellow Labrador named Marley who they dub "the world's worst dog."

But the movie, which is based on the autobiographical bestselling book of the same name, is less about Marley than about his owners, the Grogans, as they struggle with balancing their growing family with their career ambitions. Both are journalists at competing newspapers in Miami.

It's those themes of marriage and family that Aniston and Wilson said they think audiences will find identifiable.   Continued...

<p>Cast members Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson pose at the premiere of the movie "Marley &amp; Me" at the Mann Village theatre in Westwood, California December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>