While in L.A. for the Delivery Man Event, our group of bloggers had the honor of chatting with the film’s lead actor, Vince Vaughn (David Wozniak).
Before reading my interview, I’d like to share that Vince was very generous with his time, and answered all of our questions. He entered the room with a smile, and graciously thanked us for attending the film preimere and after party the night before. He also seemed to get a real kick out of our “Delivery Man T-shirts”.
Q:Why did you decide to take the role as David Wozniak?
VV: You know, the director is a very passionate storyteller, and I think what he is doing with this story is really unique and inspiring, because it’s not an overly obvious way in to some very kind of sentimental and universal feelings I think about parenthood and also about life, I think: acceptance, accepting yourself, and all those kinda things. But it starts with this kind of big concept. But what’s interesting to me is – nowadays movies can be just a comedy or just sentimental or, just a drama, and I think the skillset that Ken has, which is very unique, is that it kind of is all of those things in one movie. So, it makes it a very unpredictable story. You’re not quite sure what emotion’s gonna come next.
Q:How did being a dad affect how you took on the role?
VV: I had only my daughter. My second child was conceived during Delivery Man. So you have your kids and you start thinking about family… and inevitably you start thinking about what should I do for their lives. You start seeking information about how do I parent, temporary words versus permanent words. It just becomes a journey of figuring out what’s the best way to give them skill sets to be successful. I think for me, fortunately, I come from a very close family, and I waited till I was older and I really wanted to be a parent when I got to be a parent.
So, I’m very invested in it. I think it was very easy to draw on those kind of emotions that were running in me anyway. I think it was very much at the surface.
Q:Are you actively trying to make more family-friendly movies, something that your family could see in the future?
VV: I don’t know if I would say I’m actively doing it. I think this was nice,’cause it was kind of a return to doing more grounded performances, which I used to do and not so broad. So, that was exciting. And I do think the time in my life kind of particularly made me excited about investigating parenthood…
Q: So, out of 533 children, who’s your favorite?
VV: Love ‘em all the same. I really did. I have to say it’s like, all those actors were just so wonderful and so excited. There’s something in that enthusiasm that they had and commitment to do a great job that I found inspiring.
Q: What kind of gifts you would ask for Father’s Day from your 533 kids?
VV: Gosh, I would really hit ‘em up for some stuff; right? Maybe if you have 533 kids, you can ask for a Father’s Day alone. I love you guys so much – this is my day. No one talk to me.
Q: Which actor or actress do you feel like you connected with the most in filming this movie?
VV: You know, I’m not trying to be diplomatic, but I really felt like I was just really the whole way I felt connected to all of them.I mean Cobie was tremendous with her point of view and so honest and same with Chris. Chris was so committed to his part. He put on all that weight. You know, and then those kids, like I said, it was just easy to put yourself in those circumstances,’cause I thought they were very committed and very believable.
Q: Were you able to ad-lib at all…, or was it all fully scripted?
VV: It’s pretty much all scripted. There’s a couple places where I added some lines, but it was nice to go and just give a performance and work off the script. There was a couple places where we played around. A lot of the ultrasound was just sort of played, but that’s based on my experience.
Q: Did you have a particular favorite moment of filming or a favorite scene?
VV: It’s hard to say, as there are so many moments. I mean all the kids were just terrific. I had different unique experiences with each of them which was great. It’s fun to go be with Chris (Pratt), because he was so funny. The stuff with Cobie was really fun. I can’t say that there was just one, one particular day, because they were all so kind of unique. It was nice to have a variety of things to do so it didn’t feel like the same kind of tone every day. It was nice to have some funny scenes, but it was nice to kind of have some more heartfelt scenes.
I would like to thank Vince Vaughn for taking the time to chat with our group. For being such a friendly and easy going host the evening before. Paired with a movie I honestly adore, this has been such a great experience.
Five quotes from our Vince Vaughn interview:
1. I think the best thing you can do as a father for your kid is to love the mom in that it shows him what a good relationship should be.
2. I do think you look at your life and your life becomes secondary at that point, once a kid comes in the picture. It’s nice for your life to be about something different.
3. (on filming DM) It was nice to have a variety of things to do so it didn’t feel like the same kind of tone every day. It was nice to have some funny scenes, but it was nice to kind of have some more heartfelt scenes.
4. I’m open to more kids. My wife has informed me that while someone is breastfeeding that’s not a conversation to bring up.
When we told Vince that both Cobie and Chris spoke highly of him the day before –
5. “I hate those guys (chuckling)…yeah. I really like them. I would say the same about them. I think one of the things that was so nice was that both of them are really new parents, so I had a captive audience to show my photos to.”
“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.”
Watch for my Delivery Man review, as well as interviews with Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders posted here soon!
Delivery Man will be in theaters Friday November 22!
The perfect movie for thanksgiving week!
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. Some photos credited to MomStart.com.