“It has to be the one thing it seems that defines us as human beings,” Farrell added, “our ability to care for each other, our ability to demonstrate through acts of compassion a concern for your fellow man. Valentine’s Day? I don’t even know what that’s about. Really? It’s whatever you make it. Some people put up a Christmas tree and some people don’t.”
Farrell added, “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with flowers and chocolate-covered maraschino cherries. Would it be nice if it didn’t take such a publicly promoted or commercially promoted holiday for people to extend themselves with gestures of love? But yeah, I know. I think love is really what makes it all spin, you know?”
Eva Marie Saint chimed in, “I’ve been in love. I’ve been married almost 63 years.”
“What do you know about love?” Farrell cracked. “Next!”
Eva Marie Saint, married to veteran director-producer Jeffrey Hayden, with whom she had two children, laughed. “If I don’t know about love by now I never well. And that’s kept me really going in my life. I don’t know how I would have gotten through this life without someone to really love me. Love is very forgiving to one another, and it’s my favorite emotion in life.”
Then Eva Marie Saint, who looks terrific and is still a hoot, gushed about the love scenes in the film, which includes some tasteful nudity that she noted, “left something to the imagination.”
“I’ll never forget your face,” she told Findlay, “with the kiss and Colin, and I wanted to be there,” she paused, “in your place.”
Findlay was asked, what was it like filming the sex scene with Farrell?
The actress stumbled a little of the question and reddened, noting, “It was fine, a peaceful moment. I suppose they’re kind of aware of finding the comedy within something and the naïvete and the joy of it, a very special moment,” where their characters have “found real, true love.”
Then Goldsman jumped in to help her out. “Let me disabuse you of something,” he said, “Love scenes are the most horrible thing you can ever ask actors to do. Just try to take a moment, now take off your clothes. But here, really? No, no, really! So love scenes are the hardest thing in the world, and if you enjoy them that’s wonderful because nobody making them sits there and goes, let’s do that again tomorrow.” The director pounded his fist lightly on the table to emphasize the point.
“I don’t know that I agree,” Farrell chimed in. “I really don’t. Maybe that’s awfully sleazy and cheap of me. It’s not that I get personal kicks or gratification from them, but I do think that human touch in whatever form it comes in, as long as that form is one that is mutually compassionate and respectful, is a really gorgeous thing. So while it is an atmosphere of absolute artifice and it’s not romantic and it’s never going to be sexy, if the two people who are involved in it are on the same page and taking care of each other, there’s worse days at the office.”
Eva Marie Saint smiled.