Drew Barrymore, Justin Long true to their emotions in ‘Distance’

HollywoodNews.com: Drew Barrymore and Justin Long figured that it was best for their art to imitate their lives and decided to hook up for the end-of-the-summer romantic comedy “Going the Distance.”

In the Warner Bros. film, which bows on September 3, the duo endure a long-distance relationship. In real-life they broke up in 2008, however, are rumored to be dating again.

“Everybody knows we have a history together and I just thought, ‘Oh, you know what? Let’s exploit it’,” Barrymore told Access Hollywood. “I just thought, ‘God, we have like seen each other through highs and lows.

In their performances for the film, both Barrymore and Long went all out method:

“He makes me laugh for real,” Barrymore said. “We’ve been through, like, tough moments; I just thought maybe it would seem more genuine if you believed that the people were going through it as opposed to two actors acting it.

“We are actors and we are playing characters, but maybe there’s, you know, some shred of the chemistry or the emotion or the joy that is really authentic and I thought that was a very unique situation.”

Whenever real-life Hollywood couples play love doves on the screen, the box office results can be spotty, often times disastrous. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s “Gigli” bombed at $6 million. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s “Eyes Wide Shut” had a much better draw abroad than the $56 million it minted in the U.S. The Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor feature “Cleopatra” is often cited as the most notorious Hollywood bomb to headline a famed couple. Originally the production was suppose to cost $2 million, but spun out of control and cost $44 million back in the early ‘60s.

Here’s hoping that Barrymore and Long can buck the trend.

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