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Oct 6, Meet the Parents—the first film in a comedy trilogy that made more than (For the sequel, Meet the Fockers, Dustin Hoffman was cast as. serii.info: Meet the Parents: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, Nicole DeHuff, Jon Abrahams, Jay Roach, Get a $ statement credit after first serii.info purchase made with new Cast and Filmmakers; DVD-ROM Features Including Games, Screen Savers and Wallpaper. Cast. Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes. Ben Stiller as Greg Focker. Teri Polo as Pam Byrnes. Blythe Danner as Dina Byrnes. Owen Wilson as Kevin Rawley.
The drafts of the script were written by Herzfeld and, once De Niro and Stiller were confirmed as stars, John Hamburg was brought on board "to help fit the script to their verbal styles.
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The script was not written with De Niro in mind as Jack Byrnes; the first draft of the script was completed inthree years before De Niro appeared in Analyze This. Explaining how Ben Stiller came to be cast in the role of Greg, Roach states: The film's script was initially written with Jim Carrey in the role of Greg and contained much more physical comedy, something that Stiller did not think would be successful with himself playing the role.
She ultimately lost the role to Teri Polo because the filmmakers "didn't think [Watts] was sexy enough". Jinx the cat was played by two five-year-old Himalayan cats named Bailey and Misha sometimes written as Meesha . The American Humane Association oversaw the filming of all scenes where the cats were used and ensured the animals' obedience and well-being by keeping two trainers and a veterinarian on set at all times.
The name was written into the script after Jim Carrey came up with the idea for the Focker surname during a creative session held before he abandoned the project.
The filmmakers were asked if they had made up the name or if they can prove that such a name exists. The aspect ratio is 1. English language audio tracks available with the film are a 5.
Additionally, English language subtitles are provided as well. The director discusses issues that include working with the cast, utilizing the best camera angles for comedic effect, discussing scenes that were improvised and scenes that were scripted, and commenting on issues surrounding shooting on location.
The editor speaks about putting together the best functioning comedy from material that was filmed and discusses some deleted scenes that were excluded from the DVD release.
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In addition, the DVD features a twelve-minute outtake section, three minutes of deleted scenesand Universal's Spotlight on Location featurette. The film's original opening had Greg proposing to Pam during a Cubs game at Wrigley Field —and failing spectacularly.
While researching a role, De Niro read up on polygraphers. He then talked about what he had read to Roach at a pre-shoot dinner. Jim Herzfeld was one of the two credited screenwriters for Meet the Parents, along with John Hamburg. Herzfeld said he always thought of Greg as someone who was misunderstood, like The Graduate's Benjamin Braddock.
For a scene in which Stiller interacts with a pharmacy cashier played by Judah Friedlanderthe production not only used a real pharmacy—but an open one. Whenever the actors would finish a take, the actual cashiers would get back to work and deal with the customers.
When the cameras started to roll again, the cashiers would stand off in a corner so that they wouldn't be seen by the cameras. But that scene was a lot of fun, because it was mostly improvised, and that's my favorite thing to do, is making stuff up on the spot. The MPAA refused to allow the use of the last name "Focker" unless the filmmakers could find someone with that actual surname.
DeNiro grew attached to the twoand kept kibble in his pocket to keep them close.