On chilly day back in December, myself and some other wonderful bloggers, made our way into New York City to visit the set of the upcoming film release Delivery Man.
Delivery Man stars Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt.
Delivery Man is the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt to the mob, rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn’t look worse for David when he is hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twenty-somethings who want to know the identity of the donor. As David struggles to decide whether or not he should reveal his true identity, he embarks on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but the father he could become as well.
Here is the film’s trailer.
The movie looks really good. I am looking forward to seeing it in theaters when it’s released on November 22, 2013.
I always enjoy visiting movie sets. It’s fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a film.
Myself and my fellow bloggers had seats and headphones (so we can hear what was going on in the scene) and a TV screen set up for us not too far down the sidewalk from where the cast was filming.
It was interesting to see this entire block taken over by the film crew. There were HUGE movie cameras all over the place, as well as a prop truck and various other crew members.
I was in awe of the movie cameras. Some of them looked really heavy. I couldn’t imagine having to hold one up for a long period of time.
The scenes were being filmed on a New York City street in the morning on a cold December day. It was amusing to see native New Yorkers walk by all the hustle and bustle of the film crew without even so far as “batting and eye”. It was if they were oblivious to everything. You’ve got to love New Yorkers.
While we were there we watched two scenes being filmed. One was with only Vince Vaughn and the other was with both Vince and Cobie Smulders.
Vince and Cobie knew we were watching (we had the opportunity to speak with them). During the one scene they were filming they would refer to us from time to time. At one point they joked about goofing up in the scene, but that was OK because we are bloggers and we write about things. Both of them started to sign the song “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt. That was pretty funny.
We did have the opportunity to meet and chat with both Vince and Cobie. I’ll post those interviews tomorrow and on September 12, 2013.
We also had the opportunity to chat with the Writer/Director of the film, Ken Scott.
Here are some highlights from that interview.
FYI… Delivery Man is actually a remake of the film Starbuck, which was only released a few years ago. It was also written and directed by Ken Scott. This is a bit of a unique situation where a Writer/Director re-makes his own film. The movie was out in France, as well as in Canada (last year). It was even shown in Japan (the original – not this remake).
Ken told us that he had an opportunity to view the original film, Starbuck, with an American audience. He saw potential to have the movie better connect with American audiences if he just integrated a bit of American culture into it. And thus a remake was born.
Q: How was directing the remake different than the original?
KEN SCOTT: Directing a remake, especially since it was my original, I had to get into a frame of mind of making sure that two things, two things that may seem opposite. But on the one hand, I wanted to make sure everyone that I worked with – the actors, all the heads of departments, and even myself, I wanted to make sure that we were not just copying something. Because, you know, we wouldn’t have that great creative energy, the magic that you want in a movie.
So, you know, basically I tried to forget the other movie and just go through the same process. And sometimes going through the same process you end up exactly at the same place, but at least you know why you’re there. And it feels the same thing and it feels real. So that’s, that’s the way I went through the whole process of redoing the movie.
Q: Why choose New York to do the movie?
KEN SCOTT: New York was, for me, the greatest place to shoot this movie because, you know, five hundred and thirty-three kids have to live in the same town.
And what was great is that so many very different neighborhoods, and the kids are very different from one another, in the sense that they have different realities. So it really helped, the fact that I was filming in different neighborhoods. Right away you understand what that kid’s about. If there’s a kid that’s living in Chelsea, or living in the Bronx. You know, it’s all very different. So visually it was great to be here.
Q: Did you film in all five boroughs?
KEN SCOTT: Well we were all over the place.
Q: Why did you want to do this?
KEN SCOTT: Well, when we made the original, it’s that had the idea of having this sperm donor with a lot of kids. I have three kids, he has two kids. In their young forties, and we are surrounded by kids and by fathers. And we had a lot to say about fatherhood. It’s basically very much a story about fatherhood and what it is to be a father.
And I feel that we wouldn’t have written the same movie fifteen years ago, because I think in the last ten, fifteen years, fatherhood has changed a whole lot. You know, nowadays you can hear stories of, fathers staying home with their kids, on a leave for a few months when they’re born…So it was exciting to be writing about something that seemed to be changing in society.
Q: Doing the remake was Vince Vaughn always in mind?
KEN SCOTT: Yeah, Vince Vaughn for me it was perfect for this character. The way the whole story is built, he’s in every scene. He’s there all the time. And I wanted the tone of the movie to be very much like Fatherhood and that brought me naturally towards a dramatic comedy. You know, it’s comedy, it’s a drama. Because I felt that Fatherhood is very much like a dramatic comedy. You know, there is some very funny moments, there’s some more dramatic moments, there’s some more difficult moments. … And I found that Vince Vaughn has definitely that capacity of making us laugh, yet he’s a great actor, he’s very charismatic. So he was a perfect actor for this story.
Look for our interview with Cobie Smulders tomorrow and the interview with Vince Vaughn the day after.
You can check out the film on the various social networking sites.
What do you think about the film so far? Does it look interesting? Are you looking forward to seeing it in theaters? Have you seen the film Starbuck? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I was provided a set visit. I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.