Elizabeth Perkins, the love scene in ‘Big’ will never happen today.
To that end, many thanks for the memories!
Elizabeth Perkins is not holding her breath that a memorable sexy scene in the classic film starring her and Tom Hanks would survive a modern remake.
“We do not see them having sexual intercourse, but he does remove my shirt,” Perkins, 60, tells Page Six. “In reality, I take off my shirt and he touches my breast, and then we cut to the elevator door opening, and he’s smiling big. We never say, ‘Oh, they slept together,’ but they most certainly flirted.”
In the 1988 comedy, a young boy (Hanks) finds himself in the body of an adult (as a result of a carnival wish. Naturally, he secures a dream job in New York City and even acquires a girlfriend — played by Perkins.
Today, she asserts, “they would not have shown that at all.” I assume we are living in a different era.” And, for the record, “I wholeheartedly concur.”
Perkins acknowledges that the scene’s appropriateness “was not even a concern at the time.” “It was never even brought up or mentioned on some basis. Various eras.”
Additionally, the Queens-born star admits that no one associated with “Big” anticipated the film’s success.
“In reality, we believed the opposite,” she explained. “At the time, a slew of films in the same genre were being released. The film was initially slated to star Robert De Niro and then Harrison Ford. Penny [Marshall, the film’s director] cast me, but was having difficulty finding a suitable lead.
“Then, when Tom joined the squad, it was as if everything was set in stone. Because of Penny and Tom, we realized we were going to be better than the other body-changing films.”
Perkins, who began her career in theatre, is currently starring in the second season of “The Moodys,” a show about a cantankerous couple (Perkins and Denis Leary) raising their children.
“We are a dysfunctional family attempting to coexist under the same roof,” she said, “and we are a family that simultaneously loves and hates one another. As many families do.”
However, there is one person with whom she does not share the dysfunction — at least not in real life — and that is Leary.
Perkins says, “I’ve always been a big fan of his.” “With Denis Leary, I would have read the phone book.”
The display, she describes, “picks up post-pandemic when people are able to resume normalcy, which I believe is very optimistic in today’s world.”
Perkins elaborates, “So much of what we’re seeing these days seems very bleak and nihilistic.” “I believe that people are able to rediscover their sense of humor and spend time with their families.”