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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 31, 2003

How the stars dump that guy or gal

By Kelly Carter
USA Today

What do you do when you want to lose a guy ... or a girl?

At the Hollywood premiere of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," we asked celebs what they do when they want to dump someone. "How To" star Matthew McConaughey takes a woman out and tells her point blank. Co-star Michael Michele uses work as an excuse.

Kate Hudson, who stars opposite McConaughey in the romantic comedy opening nationwide next Friday, is married to rocker Chris Robinson. But when she was still playing the dating game, she was never as wicked as her character, Andie Anderson.

"I would be honest and tell him that I was ready to move on," Hudson said. "I don't think I would do anything as malicious as what Andie does in the movie."

In the film, Andie is the how-to writer at Composure (think Cosmopolitan) magazine. For her column, she has to meet a guy (McConaughey), then get rid of him in 10 days. Her antics include making him go to the concession stand with a minute left in an NBA Finals game, taking him to a Celine Dion concert, and filling his medicine cabinet with feminine hygiene products. Meanwhile, he's trying to get her to fall in love with him to win a work bet.

In real life, McConaughey concedes he's not real subtle about trying to lose someone.

"I'm also not a guy who faxes them or leaves a message on a phone," says McConaughey, who is involved with someone he wishes to keep secret. "We meet in person, and I basically tell them what I can or cannot do. It's hard, but afterward I didn't leave any crumbs."

Bebe Neuwirth, who dates actor C.J. Wilson and plays Hudson's boss in "How To," says, "I tell the truth as gently, lovingly and respectfully as possible and don't say anything that could in any way hurt their feelings."

Kathryn Hahn, who plays Hudson's co-worker, says, "I would start flirting with his best friend. Or I would start leaving notes saying "Mr. & Mrs. Blankety Blank" and putting them around for him to see."