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In the original series, James Garner played the titular James Rockford: a gumshoe that, after wrongfully serving time in San Quentin, started his own Private Investigation business. Working out of a trailer he also lived in, Jim enjoyed serving justice just as much as he did a good drink or a witty comeback. Among the shows other trademarks were the catchy theme song, and a seemingly limitless answering machine (Seriously, how did that thing never run out of room?)
Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt And Cobie Smulders Talk Branching Out, Gaining Weight And More For Delivery Man
The film’s three stars recently gathered for a gathered for a press event in Beverly Hills, California where I had the pleasure of talking to all three about their roles in the film. Watch the videos below to learn about Vaughn’s approach to a very different kind of character; Pratt’s fun ride gaining weight for the role, and Smulder’s thoughts on her career post-How I Met Your Mother.
The movie industry is a results-oriented business heavily influenced by momentum. With a few surprise hits and the buzz that always accompanies success, actors and actress can suddenly find themselves fielding offers for the most hyped upcoming projects and demanding truly ridiculous salaries.
Imagine finding out you had a 18-year-old kid you never knew about. Now imagine you have 533 grown children you never knew about. This is the incredible situation underachieving New Yorker David Wozniak finds himself in in the new comedy Delivery Man.
QED International and Worldview have signed on to produce and finance the picture that is inspired by Andy Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow's graphic novel of the same name. Universal will serve as the picture's domestic distributor.
Despite its dark premise, it looked like Term Life was angling for comedy, as Universal Pictures had Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley attached to helm. However, following some shakeups in the studio's management, it appears Universal has lost faith in Term Life, denying it a green light.
The new film will tell the story of a man named Nick Barrow, who has found himself in quite a bit of trouble. The mob, dirty cops and contract killers have all put a target on his back and Nick knows that he doesn't have much time left. With his sad life about to come to an end, he decides to try and do one last kind thing, taking out a million dollar life insurance policy on himself that would give the money to his estranged daughter.
One of the funniest scenes in recent memory, and in a movie that almost nobody saw, was the opening credits of Duplicity, a spy comedy starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, but opening on a slow-motion fistfight between Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti, playing two titans of industry who were sick of each others' shit.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues reteams producing partners Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, the former directed the sequel that the pair wrote together. Ferrell of course stars as the titular newscaster Ron Burgundy, and will be joined once again by Vaughn, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, and David Koechner.
In just a 24-minute interview, my opinion of Vaughn was transformed intensely. No longer did I think of him as a goofy guy with acting chops he could use when called upon. Now I saw Vaughn as a dedicated actor who takes a great deal of pride in his work whether it be something serious like the Joseph Ruben thriller Return to Paradise or the willfully silly buddy-comedy The Internship.
“Nope. This can’t be right,” I thought to myself, quadruple-checking the address for my visit to the set of Vince Vaughn’s upcoming dramedy Delivery Man on the second to last day of shooting. I’d been told I’d be visiting the Screen Gems’ sound stage, but midtown Manhattan is too crowded with skyscrapers to fit a studio right?
Vaughn will play David, a commitment-phobe whose world is turned on its ear when he learns that a mistake at a sperm bank has allowed his long-ago donation to create 533 offspring.
A definite eyebrow raiser is his next project, an adaptation of the crime thriller Term Life, an Image Comics graphic novel written by A.J. Lieberman, who also wrote Marc Forster’s possible Cowboy Ninja Viking project. Vaughn is reteaming with Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley, who is another unique choice
Locations are key in certain comedies. When a filmmaker is able to shoot in them to achieve authenticity, I don’t think it’s product placement – more of a happy marriage between a recognizable brand and a storyteller who needs their assistance to lend credence to the vision.
As the trailer explains, Vaughn will be playing a guy who donated sperm a long time ago, but due to some mix up at the sperm bank ended up fathering 533 children. Oh, and and some of them are suing to find out who he is. I’m not sure how accurate the legal portion of the plot is, but it seems a bit off.