In "The Proposal," Betty White, 87, plays the too-helpful Alaskan grandmother of Ryan Reynolds' character, a man who has been cornered into marrying his boss ( Sandra Bullock) so she can get a green card. They don't make the work easier just because you're 80-something.
"I had to learn a song in Eskimo. And that ain't easy, Honey," she says. "There are no syllables that you can relate to. Learning the song was hard, and by the time we got to filming that dance scene, it was 3:30 in the morning. It started to rain. Singing and dancing in the rain is fine for Gene Kelly,
but it doesn't work at 3:30 a.m. in the woods."
In the movie, she also steals a puppy.
"Oh, that little Samoyed was so adorable. I just walked in for a rehearsal and just automatically, without even thinking about it, took the dog away from Ryan," White says with a chortle. "I thought, 'They're never going to let me get away with that.' But nobody said anything, so that's the way we shot it."
- Orlando Sentinel