While in LA for the premiere of two AMAZING movies we had the chance to sit down and chat with some of the actors from both movies. For Delivery Man we talked with Vince Vaughn but also had the chance to sit down with his co-stars, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. We learned so much about the movie, their take on working with Vince, and how their being parents played a part in how they took on the roles.
While we waited for Chris we wanted to know where Cobie’s favorite place to film was, here is what she had to say
In New York. I loved shooting in Brooklyn. We shot in Carol Gardens, we shot in Parks Slope, and we shot a lot of our exteriors there. I think my character’s apartment was there and a lot of the outdoor scenes that we shot, were in Brooklyn as well. I’ve always wanted to shoot a movie in Brooklyn. I was really, really excited that we were able to because nowadays it’s usually Detroit for Brooklyn, to keep the cost down or whatever. I think at one time we were looking at New Orleans but I feel that in this film, the city of New York is such a strong character in our movie. It just adds so much to it, visually it just made it so much fun to shoot there. I mean you’re in Brooklyn and instead of going to get your coffee at craft service, you go to the local coffee shop and have a cup of coffee. It just made everything just much more fun.
When Chris arrived we wanted to know, from them both, how being a parent affected their roles…
Cobie: Very much. This movie is really all about parenting. It’s all about what it takes to be a parent so I automatically connected with that. I was pregnant in this film, not in real life, but I had the fake belly on and I remember just crazy emotions that come into play when you’re pregnant. I think that one of the things that I know I crave and I think that pregnant women do crave, is stability. You’re in this situation where, especially if it’s your first child, a lot of things are unknown and in terms of this movie, the character of Emma, she has a very unreliable partner so she’s just sort of trying to figure all that out.
Chris: Well for me, my son was had just been born when I was doing this movie. I think he was maybe two months old. So for me I wasn’t necessarily able to relate to my character’s journey as a father in this movie because he’s so overwhelmed with the idea of being a father. I was still finding every little tiny thing endlessly fascinating about my own son. I did miss him a lot. There were moments in the performance where I needed to just stare off into space and think about something that bummed me out. The fact that I was away from him was something that I could go to if I needed to so that was my way out.
For this role, Chris had to put on quite a bit of weight, we all like to think of him as seen here, we liked to refer to him as #RippedChris:
However, that isn’t exactly how he looked in the role, though he was still very easy on the eyes. We wanted to know how he gained the weight for the role.
I really applied all of the principles of losing weight and just reversed them. I had just come off from a movie, Zero Dark Thirty, where I had gotten in good shape. So by the time I was done with that movie my body was really ready to gain weight, rapidly. My wife was in the last third of her pregnancy and so a good 20 pounds of that was probably just sympathy weight, gaining weight alongside her as we indulged in things that we don’t normally eat. Then I had a meeting with the director and I saw the original movie. The actor who played my role in the original, a really brilliant actor. Part of the charm was that he was a bit of a bigger guy and I thought, this is really great. It’s a role where I can gain a lot of weight and I’ve always wanted to do that. I’ve done it before once and I really wanted to do it again, to see if I could really push it this time and so I did it. Everything you think, you know, minus any guilt. It was really great.
Don’t worry, he lost all the weight he gained in the movie in about 7/8 months (which by the way was about how long it took him to gain it). Of course we wanted to know from them what it was like working with Vince
Cobie: I loved working with Vince. He’s everything that you would kind of expect him to be. Super funny, super quick. Going into this movie I was very intimidated because, you know, he’s sort of known for his amazing improv and I was very rusty. So, when I came to this film and met him, he was so supportive. He’s also very considerate and very charming. Like he really goes out of his way to put everyone at ease on set and set the tone for everybody. It was pretty great.
Chris: I feel the same thing. He’s loved by his fans, because he just seems real. I think that he’s everything you would really hope that he would if you’re a fan of his. He’s not like some Hollywood A-hole. He does work and makes sure everyone around him does good work and that’s important as the captain of the ship. But at the same time he’s charming, caring, and polite. He’s polite to everyone from the people who are his wait staff at restaurants to fans and strangers on the street who approach him, who like him. He always gives a little bit of himself to people.
It’s nice to hear the way these actors speak so highly of each other and to know that it’s a truly enjoyable experience working with each other. This movie was very scripted and not the usual improve you might be used to when you think of Vince but Chris and Cobie said it was perfect that way. You could tell they were very proud of the movie and that is what really matters in the end. It was such a pleasure to sit down and talk with them and I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit about the actors you will see when you go see Delivery Man…if you haven’t already seen it!