While in L.A. for the Delivery Man Event our group of bloggers had the chance to chat with co- stars Cobie Smulders (Emma) and Chris Pratt (Brett) .
Q: How did you first become involved?
CS: I’m sure all of you know this, but I’ll repeat it anyway. It’s based on the original film (which) is a French Canadian film by the name of Starbuck. I saw that a couple of months before I even read the script or anything and I really loved the film. I was really moved by the story. I really loved the characters. I really loved that it was Canadian because I’m Canadian as well and then I heard it was being redone and was kind of surprised ‘cause I thought it was such a great film. Obviously, it’s nice for it to come to America and I was also excited that Kevin Scott who wrote and directed the original was gonna do our version as well and I just thought he had such a strong vision and he had such great storytelling ability that I was really — I just knew it was gonna be a good movie. And then I heard Vince was attached and so I started just auditioning. I just went in and auditioned and met with all the guys and convinced them to give me the role.
Q: How did being a mom affect your role?
CS: Well very much. I mean this movie is really all about parenting. It’s all about what it takes to be a parent so I automatically connected with that at the same time, you know, here he is..(Chris Pratt walked into the room) Look how handsome he is…
CS: I was just asking how being a mom helped with this film. I was pregnant in this film, not in life but I had the fake belly on and I remember just crazy emotions that come into play when you’re pregnant and I think that one of the things that I know I crave and I think that pregnant women do crave is stability. You know, 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 ‘cause he’s like 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 and so like they 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, that was my way out.
Q:What was it like working with Vince?
CS: I loved working with Vince. I think 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 he’s sort of known for his amazing improv and I was very rusty and so when I came to this film and met him, he was so supportive and 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 so it was pretty great.
Chris: I feel the same thing. He’s beloved by his fans and people because he just seems real. He seems like a regular guy and I think that he’s everything you would really hope that he would be if you’re a fan of his. He’s not like some Hollywood A hole. He’s no nonsense when it comes down to doing work. 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, charming, caring and he’s 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 so he’s really everything you’d hope he would be.
Q: How many times did you have to re-do a scene?
Chris: I think that question is probably indicative of what you’d come to expect from a Vince Vaughn movie especially in a sort of outlandish premise like this. But once you’ll see this movie, you’ll see that this isn’t a movie that’s a laugh a minute comedy. There are funny laughs in the movie but essentially everything is teetered to like a very strong, dramatic through line that each of the scenes we’re in so we weren’t just falling and laughing a lot.
I mean the funny scenes that are supposed to be funny are funny. There were some moments that were particularly funny, for me in particular working with these young kids that I was working with. They were just amazing kids. But for the most part it’s actually pretty dramatic in terms of the turns that the characters take and the way the scenes are shaped so it wasn’t like being on the set of Old School or Wedding Crashers or one of his other more outlandish comedies.
Q: What’s your favorite scene?
CS: I had this great scene with Vince at the end of the film, this very long scene where he goes into a speech proposing and then things start unraveling. And that was a really great scene to shoot because it was, I mean it was just this monologue, this never ending monologue and Vince just did a great job with it and for me it was very fun to play off of not only just as an actor but the circumstances being I just delivered a baby and so there’s a lot going on. It was a fun thing to play.
Q: What did you like most about the story?
CS: For me, I was really moved the way that Vince’s character, David, chose to connect for the first time with his children that were his biologically. I really loved the way that Ken wrote these scenes and also the way that it all sort of played out.
Chris: I think for me a movie like this — it goes back to this execution of this idea ‘cause it could be a pretty broad idea, you know. There’s a version of this movie where these kids, one of them is a crazy kid and he’s part wolf. It could go really broad. But instead it went to real places and really the movie about halfway through, when he starts his journey on finding out and some of them are crazy like a professional NBA player like wow, that’s amazing or an actor who needs a role and he helps him get the role and that’s great.
But then all of a sudden you’ve got a kid who has needed assistance his entire life and lives in an assistant living home and then all of a sudden you’re moved and there’s a girl who has chemical dependency issues and you’re starting to dealing with these themes and these realities that make it a real examination of humanity versus just like, you know, see how silly you could play out the outlandish part of this.
Q: What’s it like working with Marvel?
CS: I think we’re both pretty excited. I mean it’s an amazing role. From the world of just creative fun and fantasy and I’m really excited to be a part of anything Marvel because it’s supported by such great fans and it’s just a dream.
Chris: Ditto. I feel the same exact way.
CS: I mean more specific I’m potentially shooting Avengers 2, Captain American 2 comes out in April.
Chris: Oh, my god!
CS: It’s a small independent.
Chris: In the movie they made called Guardians of Galaxy that’s like their take on sort of rocking space opera type story, ensemble cast. Takes place in space, it’s so imaginative. Not really allowed to say even anything about it but I wish I could. I’m beyond excited and I just got a text from our director who’s finished the first week in editing and he’s not a tough guy to please and he is very, very pleased with what he’s seeing and I’m just really excited about that.
I would like to thank Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt for taking the time to chat with our group. They were both upbeat, and super nice while answering all of our questions. It’s great to know they are both just as likable off screen as they are on.
“DreamWorks Pictures’“Delivery Man” stars Vince Vaughn as affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier resulted in 533 children. David must now embark on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but also the father that he could become.”
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I am working with Disney, Marvel, and Dreamworks as part of this event. They provided me with travel, food and lodging in exchange for my coverage. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. Some photos credited to Disney, and DreamWorks Pictures.