Jennifer Garner Reveals Mark Ruffalo Nearly Quit ’13 Going On 30′ Because Of This Scene

13 Going on 30‘ is one of the more beloved romantic comedies of the early 2000s. The film may have received mixed reviews from critics, but it got rave reviews from the general audience.

Even though it was released nearly 20 years ago, people still talk about it as if it was just released last year. The chemistry between Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo was incredible.

But according to Garner, she almost had to find a different co-star. During a recent interview, the 48-year-old actress talked about how Ruffalo nearly quit because of the intense dance rehearsal.

We started to learn the dance. Our first rehearsal, I think it was Mark and Judy and me, and Judy and I were both dancers growing up and poor Mark didn’t know that. And he came in and he hated the rehearsal process so much he almost dropped out.

If you don’t remember the scene, you can check it out below…

It looks like he did a-okay in the final cut. Garner and Ruffalo obviously enjoyed working together because they recently teamed up again in the upcoming movie The Adam Project.

In the film, Ruffalo and Garner play a married couple and parents to Ryan Reynolds’ character, Adam.

The upcoming film sees Reynolds play a person who goes back in time to find his dad, played by Ruffalo, and save the world.

No word on a potential release date, but production ended back in November of 2020.

Jennifer Garner Will Produce And Star In Netflix Comedy Film ‘Family Leave’

Jennifer Garner and Netflix are developing a healthy working relationship. On March 12, the streaming giant will release the Jennifer Garner-starring family comedy, Yes Day.

The film co-stars Jenna Ortega and Edgar Ramirez. The story follows a set of parents who decide to give their kids a “yes day” in which the kids have 24 hours to make all the rules.

After that film is released next month, Garner will turn her attention to another Netflix project.

She has signed on to star/produce a comedy film titled Family Leave. The movie is reportedly inspired by New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s book, Bedtime For Mommy.

The plot centers on the Brenners, who wake up to a full family body switch and quickly realize the same thing has happened to a family on the other side of the world. They must unite with this group of strangers and determine how to undo the switch, all while hilariously navigating daily life in a different body before it is too late.

Neither film sounds groundbreaking, but they do sound entertaining, especially if you have a family. Netflix knows their market, and both films should play well.

Congrats to Garner!

Movie Review: Draft Day (2014)

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Star Ratings

I’m not really a football fan, so I tend to avoid football related movies. If you’re like me, then I should tell you that Draft Day isn’t really about football. Instead, it’s more a behind the scenes look at the wheeling and dealing that makes football, and it is absolutely worth the watch.

In Draft Day, we meet Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner), a general manager who has the opportunity to shape the Cleveland Browns into his dream team. His father, who was also the previous coach, has died and he now has the opportunity to trade up to the number 1 spot with Seattle. Of course, then he has to deal with the repercussions and that includes dealing with team owner Harvey Molina (Frank Langella) coach Vince Penn (Denis Leary) and even his own mother (Ellen Burstyn). There is literally no one who doesn’t have a strong opinion about his pick.

Let me say this again, I don’t like or even understand football, but I could still follow this movie. That’s because Costner plays such a great, self depreciating been-there-done-that character that he makes the movie worth watching.

I did feel that the movie was a bit too PG considering the subject. Let’s be honest, this is the NFL with its image scrubbed squeaky clean. The NFL was heavily involved in the making of this movie, so I doubt they would have approved anything that would have seriously undercut their image. The NFL actually went over the dailies of the movie and made cuts, which explains why they come out looking like utter Boyscouts.

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But this isn’t really a movie about football scandals. Again, it’s a movie about one man dealing with a high pressure job and handling everyone’s opinions on how he does that job. The NFL can be forgiven for trying to keep their image clean.
Costner has great chemistry with Jennifer Garner. Garner plays a fantastic, business savvy, football loving independent woman with a secret relationship with Weaver. The best part is they didn’t make her come across as a ball breaking cliché. Her character is likable and efficient, and she didn’t fall into the stupid ‘woman trying to prove herself in a man’s world’ trap. She is clearly knowledgeable and proves that effortlessly.

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There are some great football moments as well and fans of the game won’t be disappointed. The best part is, for those of us who don’t watch football, we become so emotionally invested in the characters that we actually care about the outcome of the game.
Draft Day isn’t a sports driven movie. It’s a character driven movie, and the characters make the movie. Costner shines like he hasn’t in a long time, and has more than made up for his last train wreck of a movie “3 Days to Kill.”
Draft Day is tense, intelligent and fun. This character driven drama can make even the most die hard non-fan of football care about the game. It was fast paced and filled with great, tense moments. This is a must watch for any football fan, and a fun watch for those who aren’t.
Heck, I might even watch a football game now.  Here is the Draft Day official Trailer:

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