Anna Faris picks up where Goldie Hawn left off in the new Overboard movie remake, co-starring Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez.
Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez are turning the new Overboard movie onto it’s head. While the original 1987 comedy saw Goldie Hawn as the spoiled rich girl who loses her memory while falling overboard a ship, rescued by single dad Kurt Russell, this time around, the roles are reversed.
What’s it about?
In a new twist, Overboard focuses on “Leonardo” (Derbez), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and “Kate” (Faris), a working class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work - for the first time in his life.
At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new “family” and co-workers. But, with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?
When asked what it was like working with his co-star, Derbez said that Faris was the perfect actor to take over Hawn’s Overboard legacy. “The second Anna and I met, we clicked,” says Derbez. “There’s nothing better than when you have chemistry with your co-star. Anna was exactly as I imagined. She’s funny, full of energy. She’s always making jokes. She’s an amazing human being. It’s very easy to work with her. She’s always feeding you funny stuff. Sometimes, I wasn’t reacting I was watching her and being amused by her. I’m so happy Anna was with us and besides, she looks like Goldie Hawn!”
As for Faris, getting to remake one of her favourite movies was a dream. “It was a movie I grew up just loving. I always called it my ‘sick day’ movie,” she tells Marie Claire. “Overboard was the movie that I put on when I wasn’t feeling great, and it always made me feel better. I could watch it a gazillion times. So when they approached me to be a part of this remake, I was terrified because I felt like there’s no way anything could live up to the original. But it was thrilling. I think that our take is quite different. There is a role reversal situation, and I feel like it’s updated. I loved working with Eugenio Derbez.”
Overboard opens on May 4 and also stars Eva Longoria, John Hannah, and Mel Rodriguez.