Anne Hathaway attracted to Love and Other Drugs journey

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Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this comedy-drama film based on the non-fiction book "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman" by Jamie Reidy. Jamie Randall (Gyllenhaal) is a charming and relentless pharmaceutical sales rep who excels at persuading doctors and bedding women. While working one day he runs into Maggie (Hathaway), a stubborn and free spirited girl who also happens to have early onset Parkinson’s Disease. The two hit it off, and as time goes on, their no-strings-attached arrangement becomes harder for them to maintain.
December 21st, 2010

Anne Hathaway was drawn to the role of a young Parkinson's Disease sufferer in 'Love & Other Drugs' because of the "journey" people go through to accept their diagnosis.

The Oscar-nominated actress - who stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the Ed Zwick-directed comedy drama - learnt a lot about how people deal with the disease at "stage one" of diagnosis and was attracted to comments made about Parkinson's sufferer Michael J. Fox.

She said: "Stage one is very much about good days and bad days. And so that kind of, when I spoke to other people they would say, 'Has she [her character] accepted her diagnosis yet?' Which led me to believe that there is a whole world of anxiety before you even come to that moment.

"Michael J. Fox has very eloquently described his relationship with Parkinson's as having evolved to a place where he thinks of it as a gift but it was quite a journey to get there. One of the things that drew me to my character was that journey."

She was also keen to work with Jake again following their film 'Brokeback Mountain'.

She added to BANG Showbiz: "I guess I really believed the love on the page and since I've worked with Jake on 'Brokeback Mountain' I believed we could get their again."