November 01, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

The Truth About Charlie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
104 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/25/02
performer
Thandie Newton, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Dillane, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Ted Levine, Joong-Hoon Park, Tim Robbins
director
Jonathan Demme
distributor
Universal
author
Jessica Bendinger, Jonathan Demme, Peter Stone, Steve Schmidt
genre
Mystery and Thriller

Q In Mark Wahlberg’s Truth About Charlie, a Peter Joshua is among the four writers credited. That was one of Cary Grant’s aliases in 1963’s Charade (inset), on which Charlie is based. What’s in a name?

A Joshua is a pseudonym for Peter Stone, who scripted Charade. Charlie director Jonathan Demme says Stone, noted in the credits for penning the original, was ”too modest” for double billing. But sources close to the production say the scribe never supported the remake and attached a pen name only to preserve his royalty rights. Stone wouldn’t comment. Like the films’ twisty plots, the truth about Joshua depends upon whom you ask. — Suzanne Ely

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