Jane Fonda and Don Johnson star in the new comedy “Book Club” about a group of women whose lives are changed after they read “Fifty Shades Of Grey”.
So, ET Canada’s Paul Maguire had to ask – did the stars read the erotic novel?
“I did, but way before I knew anything about this movie,” Fonda says. “I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about.”
For the record, the two-time Academy Award winner says she gets the hype around not only the book, but the movie trilogy.
“I’m grateful that the movie [and] that the book was written cause I think it awoke a lot of women,” she says.
Her “Book Club” co-star Don Johnson also has a special connection to the “Fifty Shades” franchise – his daughter Dakota stars as the story’s heroine, Anastasia Steele. But just because he has a family connection to the material, doesn’t mean Johnson has read the book.
“No. Seriously, I did not,” he says. “I’m glad that it was written for no other reason than I get to make this movie with these fine ladies.”
Johnson and Fonda star alongside Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton in “Book Club”, which also feature Alicia Silverstone, Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia and Richard Dreyfuss.
“Our movie ‘Book Club’ is deliciously rich with laughter and feelings and emotions,” Johnson, 68, explains. “There’s this interesting role reversal between the females playinmen’sns traditional roles and the men playing traditional female roles. That made it that made it even more fun and interesting for us.”
“I think it’s a movie that will make younger people like you less afraid of getting old and feel freer,” Fonda adds.
Johnson had a surprise for Fonda and ET Canada during the sit-down interview – his series “Nash Bridges” might be returning to TV in the near future.
“We just started talks about a reboot of ‘Nash Bridges,'” Johnson says.
“Who knew!” Fonda explains.
Johnson starred as the titular San Francisco Police Detective in the series, which ran from 1996 to 2001.
“I’m really happy about it,” he says. “Because one, I own the show – that’s a good thing – and secondly, it was a really great show. We made 122 episodes and I wasn’t really finished making it. I just wanted to take some time off. And now I’ve had some time off I’m ready to go back!”
Fans will have to wait a while for the return of “Nash Bridges”, but in the meantime, “Book Club” will open in theatres on May 18.