Role researched in strip bars
NEW YORK -- To research her role in the football comedy The Replacements, Brooke Langton visited numerous Los Angeles strip bars. Langton plays Annabelle Farrell, the cheerleading coach for the fictional Washington Sentinels.
When the players go on strike, her cheerleaders walk in support.
Annabelle has to look for replacements of her own and the only dancers available work in a local strip club. It makes for some interesting choreography to say the least.
"I watched a lot of pole dancing and some rather interesting duo acts to get the moves we had to use in the film," reveals Langton who is best known as Samantha Riley on Melrose Place and the girl on the run in the TV version of Sandra Bullock's hit film The Net. "The actual cheerleaders in our film are all Broadway dancers."
"They are completely uninhibited which was a blessing in disguise."
"I didn't get to see my cheerleading costume until a couple of days before filming. I was shocked at how scant they are."
"For the first couple of days, I'd wrap a blanket around me as soon as the cameras stopped rolling.
"The other girls were so comfortable with their bodies and it eventually rubbed off on me."
In The Replacements, Langton plays Keanu Reeves' love interest.
She says she was impressed how the star handles his celebrity.
"When we were filming our driving scene, people would hang out of windows or yell from street corners."
"They love Keanu and he was so generous with his responses. There was never even a hint that he found any of this intrusive."
Langton insists she doesn't remember any details about her big kissing scene with Reeves.
"I compare it to being in a car accident. There's so much adrenaline rushing through you that you remember being in the accident but you don't remember any of the details."
"I know it was a great experience. I just can't be any more specific."