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dayline.info: Meet the Parents (Widescreen Special Edition): Robert De Niro, out of 5 stars . away most of the best scenes and are solely responsible for getting people off their rears and into their cars and into their seats at the theater. dayline.info: Meet the Parents [VHS]: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe out of 5 stars . most of the best scenes and are solely responsible for getting people off their rears and into their cars and into their seats at the theater. Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner . In the first dinner scene when Jack asks Greg to say grace and Pam tells him that Greg is "Meet the Parents" is a funny flick that hearkens back to the glorious lates, or maybe.
He brought it to the attention of Universal Studios who initially declined but subsequently optioned the rights to the film in I think the film is fantastic, and I can't imagine a screenwriter being any happier with a film unless he directs it himself. Which, in this case, would've been a disaster since Jay is a brilliant director He initially presented it to Roach who had, up to that point, directed the first two Austin Powers films.
Roach admits to have liked the script from the beginning  and was very much willing to make the film even though he thought "it needed more work. The studio was skeptical of Roach's ability to direct a "less-cartoony, character-driven script" compared to a comedy like Austin Powers.
The drafts of the script were written by Herzfeld and, once De Niro and Stiller were confirmed as stars, John Hamburg was brought on board "to help fit the script to their verbal styles. The script was not written with De Niro in mind as Jack Byrnes; the first draft of the script was completed inthree years before De Niro appeared in Analyze This.
Explaining how Ben Stiller came to be cast in the role of Greg, Roach states: The film's script was initially written with Jim Carrey in the role of Greg and contained much more physical comedy, something that Stiller did not think would be successful with himself playing the role.
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She ultimately lost the role to Teri Polo because the filmmakers "didn't think [Watts] was sexy enough". Jinx the cat was played by two five-year-old Himalayan cats named Bailey and Misha sometimes written as Meesha .
The American Humane Association oversaw the filming of all scenes where the cats were used and ensured the animals' obedience and well-being by keeping two trainers and a veterinarian on set at all times. The name was written into the script after Jim Carrey came up with the idea for the Focker surname during a creative session held before he abandoned the project.
The filmmakers were asked if they had made up the name or if they can prove that such a name exists. I was more nervous asking him than asking her. The film's original opening had Greg proposing to Pam during a Cubs game at Wrigley Field —and failing spectacularly. While researching a role, De Niro read up on polygraphers. He then talked about what he had read to Roach at a pre-shoot dinner.
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Jim Herzfeld was one of the two credited screenwriters for Meet the Parents, along with John Hamburg. Herzfeld said he always thought of Greg as someone who was misunderstood, like The Graduate's Benjamin Braddock.
For a scene in which Stiller interacts with a pharmacy cashier played by Judah Friedlanderthe production not only used a real pharmacy—but an open one. Whenever the actors would finish a take, the actual cashiers would get back to work and deal with the customers.
When the cameras started to roll again, the cashiers would stand off in a corner so that they wouldn't be seen by the cameras. But that scene was a lot of fun, because it was mostly improvised, and that's my favorite thing to do, is making stuff up on the spot.
The MPAA refused to allow the use of the last name "Focker" unless the filmmakers could find someone with that actual surname.