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Writer-Teacher Conference: Cameron Diaz Dishes the Dirt on Her New Movie
By Lauren Barth June 23, 2011
Cameron Diaz is foul-mouthed, ruthless, and incredibly inappropriate as Elizabeth, the meanest, craziest, baddest teacher ever. She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute, played by none other than Mr. Justin Timberlake. At the recent New York press junket for the hilarious and irreverent flick, we “conferenced” with Diaz about tapping into her inner teacher … and we got quite the education.
Your character is outrageous. Were there ever moments where you thought you, your peers, or the script went too far?
There’s one particularly memorable “sex” scene – if you can call it that with Justin Timberlake. Tell us about shooting that scene.
You say that in the end your character doesn’t redeem herself. But there’s a little shift. Do you think she’s changed at all?
Who was your favorite teacher and your least favorite?
I also had a teacher who always had food in his teeth, and it was terrifying that he was going to come talk to you in close proximity. It was amazing how much stuff he had in his teeth. I had a teacher who really hated me and I don’t know. I’m sure looking back now, she probably thought she was helping me and teaching me a life lesson, but it was so aggressive. And it was missed on me.
Did you ever cheat in high school?
Everyone in high school is so awkward. Can you pinpoint a really embarrassing high school moment?
What was it like working with a teenage boy?
Were there any scenes that were too racy to make the final cut?
Lucy Punch, who plays Amy, the goody two-shoes teacher and your character’s rival, said there was a scene where you had to throw up on her that was cut from the movie. She said it was really gross and you had to hold soup in your mouth for a really long time. For the record, what kind of soup was it?
Bad Teacher is in theaters on June 24.
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