A Minute With: Topher Grace on "Take Me Home Tonight"

Wed Mar 2, 2011 10:29am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - He'll likely forever be known for his role in TV series "That 70s Show," but Topher Grace has carved out a solid feature film career in movies such as "Predators," "Valentine's Day" and "Spider-Man 3."

The 32 year-old actor now stars in the comedy "Take Me Home Tonight", which is set in the 1980s. And for the first time he is producing a film through his company Sargent Hall Productions, named after his dormitory at boarding school.

The film, which also stars Anna Faris, Tony Award winner Dan Fogler and Australian actress Teresa Palmer, follows a group of recent college graduates over the course one night as they indulge in reckless behavior. Grace spoke to Reuters about his experience making the film and reflects on the TV show that made him famous.

Q: This movie was shot in 2007. Why did it take so long to get to the big screen?

A: "The original studio we did this with (Universal Pictures) had a problem with all the cocaine in the film. Our feeling was you can't do a movie about prohibition and not show alcohol use, just as you can't make 'Dazed and Confused' without people smoking joints. If you're going to have a group of twenty-somethings partying in Beverly Hills in the 1980s, you'd be lying not to show cocaine. It's weird when a 60- or 70-year-old studio boss tells you what kids want to see when you, yourself, feel closer to that demographic."

Q: Four years is a long time for a movie to sit on a shelf. How did it end up at producer/distributor Relativity Media?

A: "Well, it's not gonna get dated because it already takes place in the '80s! (laughs). Ryan Kavanaugh, who owns Relativity, is three years older than me. He saw it and said, 'This is great! It's fun and hilarious.' He gave us more money to put stuff back in that we had been forced to take out."

Q: For your first-ever producing effort, why choose this?   Continued...

<p>Cast member Topher Grace poses at the premiere of "Valentine's Day" in Hollywood, February 8, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>