'Tourist' as Comedy Was the Director's Idea
They all laughed (including star Angelina Jolie) when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominated The Tourist as best comedy or musical. But HFPA's Phil Berk says the much-razzed idea came from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
"The Tourist was submitted by the studio as a drama," Berk says. "However, the filmmakers involved with the film expressed their opinion to us that the film should be categorized as a comedy. Given the differing opinions, we asked the studio to screen the film for us in advance, and collectively, we decided that the elements of preposterous fun lent the film more to a comedy than a straight drama category. The issue was raised not by the HFPA but by the director himself."
(reporting by Kim Masters)
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