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Feisty Stewart in American Ultra

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Kristen Stewart reunites with her Adventureland co-star Jesse Eisenberg in Lionsgate’s hip thriller American Ultra.

In the film, a stoner (Eisenberg) and his girlfriend’s (Stewart) sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out.

Stewart plays Phoebe Larson who appears to be as unmotivated as her slacker boyfriend but unlikely hero Mike. Like him, she seems in no hurry to go anywhere. But Phoebe is much more driven than she lets on. “She is way more together than he does,” says director Nima Nourizadeh. “She’s responsible, with more of a real job. Mike actually relies on her for a lot of the time. You soon understand that she pretty much takes care of everything for him.”

After meeting with the pair together, the filmmakers were sure they would be convincing and appealing as a couple dedicated to getting baked together. “There’s something about Jesse and Kristen that is so compelling and so right,” says producer David Alpert. “The idea of re-teaming them was a dream come true. She’s very alluring and charismatic on screen, and she brings amazing depth to the character and the relationship. It’s not just a supporting girlfriend role: She’s an equal.”

Like Eisenberg, the actress is taking a role that is not typical for her, notes screenwriter Max Landis. “Kristen’s played all sorts of crazy characters, but in this she plays someone closer to who she really is, a sort of laid-back tomboy.”

Stewart admits she jumped at the chance to work with Eisenberg again. “We should make a movie together every five years,” she says. “It’s just so comfortable to work with him. He’s hilarious and intimidatingly intelligent. And this script is so original. Imagine that your stoner buddy just turned into an expert CIA assassin and the chaos that ensues. It’s an ultra-violent, in-your-face action movie, as well as an emotionally grounded love story, as well as a full-on slapstick comedy. I wanted to explore that with Jesse.”

(American Ultra is now showing exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.)

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