Disclosure: Thanks to Disney, Marvel & Dreamworks, I was sent on an all expense paid trip including airfare, hotel accommodations & transportation while in Los Angeles. However, all opinions stated are 100% my own.
Before walking down the red carpet to the Delivery Man Movie Premiere at the #DeliveryManEvent, we were able to interview Delivery Man's Chris Pratt & Cobie Smulders. Chris Pratt plays Brett, Vince Vaughn's character's best friend & lawyer & Cobie Smulders plays Emma, Vince Vaughn's character's love interest.
After a full day at Disneyland, we had to hurry & get ready for the premiere before the interview. Since I ran down to buy something at the CVS down the street, I was running a bit late & on top of that, only I would get lost getting to the room where we were interviewing them so I was one of the last to enter the room with the others. I sat down & I guess since I was one of the last to sit, I didn't get the memo that we couldn't snap pictures of Chris or Cobie. I say this now because I captured one of Chris on my phone when he arrived – big whoops, lol. I remember we were allowed to take pics for another event I went to so it's not my fault! I'm innocent! (∪ ◡ ∪)
I wasn't the only one running late – since there was a lot of traffic, Cobie & Chris were a little held up trying to get to the interview themselves & had to arrive at different times. Chris' wife, Anna Farris, tweeted that they were on their way & even used our #DeliveryManEvent hash tag in her tweet! We went a little crazy & re-tweeted her, of course before Cobie finally arrived. Since everyone was on a schedule, we had to start the interview without Chris but two questions in & he walked into the room. And I agree with how Cobie described him, very handsome indeed. I used to see him on the show Everwood & Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite shows now so I'm used to seeing him the way he is in Delivery Man – he looks good either way but wow, it's crazy to think how after losing weight for a previous role, he committed to the role of Brett by putting on the pounds but still managed to take it off again.
They were both really nice & it was nice to hear how much they support this film because they love the story so much. After seeing the movie myself, I have to agree with them. Delivery Man is a great movie that while funny, is overall very touching.
A couple of weeks before the #DeliveryManEvent, we asked everyone to send in questions for Cobie & Chris through Twitter & Facebook. Please note that it was a short interview with 25 bloggers so sadly, not all questions were able to get asked. Check out all the great questions that were asked below!
Q : How did you first become involved [in Delivery Man]?
SMULDERS : Well, I'm sure all of you know this but I’ll repeat it anyway. The original film is a French Canadian film by the name of Starbuck and 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 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 : What was your favorite place to film?
SMULDERS : In New York. Well, 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 and 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 just 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 and it just adds so much to it, visually and it also just made it so much fun to shoot in. I mean you’re in Brooklyn and instead of going to get your coffee at craft service you go to like the local coffee shop and have a cup of coffee. It just made everything just much more fun.
Q : How did being a mom affect your role?
SMULDERS : 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 walks in]. Look how handsome he is.
PRATT : Hi.
SMULDERS : I was just asked 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’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.
PRATT : Well for me, my son 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. But 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 : How did you gain weight?
PRATT : Well, really applied all of the principles of losing weight and just reversed them. You know, I had just come off from a movie where I had gotten in good shape. I did this movie, Zero Dark Thirty and I got in good shape for that. In a way like how a lot of people lose weight I just crash dieted and worked out and starved myself until I was skinny. 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 and gaining weight alongside her as we indulged in things that we don’t normally eat.
And then I had a meeting with the director and I saw the original movie. The actor who played my role in the original, really brilliant actor, and part of the charm was that he was a bit of a bigger guy and I was like 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 and 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.
Q : Did you lose it?
PRATT : Yeah, I lost it. I wish it could have been immediate but it took a long time. It took about seven months or eight months to lose it.
Q : How long did it take to gain it?
PRATT: Probably about the same time. I was wrapped up on Zero Dark Thirty in June and so by November I had gained about 70 pounds.
SMULDERS : Well done. Well done.
Q : What was it like working with Vince?
SMULDERS : 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.
PRATT : 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?
PRATT : 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?
SMULDERS : 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: Were those improvisation?
SMULDERS : No, scripted. The movie was very scripted to sort of go back to what Chris said. I think that what happens is when you’re doing more improv in a movie or on a set in general like things, you just throw things out and things switch up. Ken had such a strong vision for this film and maybe even stronger because this is the second time he did it. He really was specific about the characters and how he wanted them to relate to each other.
Q : How would you feel to have 533 children?
SMULDERS : I’d be so stoked. Wouldn’t you be so stoked?
PRATT : It’d be like how did that happen?
SMULDERS : Like oh, my gosh. I don’t remember birthing any of them.
PRATT : It would be different for you than it would be for me.
SMULDERS : It would be very different.
PRATT : I’d have to go to my wife and be like I told you there was a past. Didn’t get quite into how deep.
Q : What did you like most about the story?
SMULDERS : 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.
PRATT : 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?
SMULDERS : It’s big because we got this guy. We got this guy.
PRATT : Yeah, a couple of …
SMULDERS : … Marvel-etts. Is that new?
SMULDERS : 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.
PRATT : Ditto. I feel the same exact way.
SMULDERS : I mean more specific I'm potentially shooting Avengers 2, Captain American 2 comes out in April.
PRATT : Oh, my god.
SMULDERS : It’s a small independent.
PRATT : 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.
The interview had to end since we all had to make our way down the red carpet but they were nice enough to take a picture with us before leaving.
Critics can say what they want – I don't know how many times they have said a movie isn't worth watching & it ends up being one of my favorites or how many times they praise a movie & I think it stinks so what I say to you is, only you can decide if a movie is good but I personally think Delivery Man is great & I would recommend watching it – especially during this holiday season. My family & I loved it – here's hoping that you & your family do too! 🙂