Cameron Diaz, absent from the press junket for her film What Happens In Vegas… due to the recent death of her father, sent a note to her fans. Co-star Ashton Kutcher read the handwritten missive. Diaz’s Dad Emilio died from flu-related pneumonia on April 15.
“Due to the loss of my father I have chosen to be with my family this weekend. But it was important for me to convey to all of you how much I love this film. We really did have the best time, most fun and laughs making it. I know that the stories Ashton, Rob [Corddry] and [Director] Tom [Vaughan] share with you will illustrate that point. I was fortunate to work with a group of truly gifted individuals that share the common denominator of a generous heart and wickedly sick sense of humor.
“This weekend I am screening What Happens in Vegas for my family. It was a unanimous decision that we all needed to share a good laugh. After all that’s why we make films like these. So people can leave behind their worries for a couple of hours. Have a good laugh.”
The movie is your typical rom-com schlock about a man and woman who drunkenly marry in Vegas and then compete to win slot machine earnings from each other. Kutcher told the press that Diaz is the only “true comedic leading lady in our business right now.” In light of her recent tragedy, I won’t touch that one.