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.
A DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment presentation, the film is written for the screen and directed by Ken Scott, based on “Starbuck,” the original screenplay written by Ken Scott and Martin Petit, and also stars Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. “Delivery Man” is produced by André Rouleau and executive produced by Ray Angelic, Scott Mednick and Mark Sourian.
I met Vince for the first time a year ago in NYC on the set of Delivery Man. That interview is here. I had not seen many of his movies, and did not know much of his acting work at that time so I was curious to see how he would perform in this movie.
I had my first of two chances to see Delivery man at the Blogher13 convention in Chicago in July. I unexpectedly found myself crying at certain points, and unable to hear some dialogue at other points because so many of us were laughing. I have since seen the film a second time at the LA Premiere, that post is here.
My second interview with Vince occurred after my viewing of the movie 2 times, so the second interview was a very different experience for me. It was also 1 year later. Vince had since had his second child, and he was sitting with us the day after the premiere, not during a film shoot in the streets of NYC.
We talked about Vince as a parent. He shared that he waited until he was older to start having a family, “I waited till I was older and I really wanted to be a parent when I, when I got to be a parent.” Vince waited until his 40′s to have kids, he clearly knew when he was ready. ”I’m very invested in it. So, I think it was very easy to draw on those kind of emotions that were running in me anyway.” A lot of the discussion was about the fact that as a parent it was much easier to understand the role of David Wozniak, someone who, when he found out he all of a sudden had 533 kids, began to look at each child, file by file, one by one, and parental feelings began to grow. I can’t imagine the acting range that would take without being an actual parent, and having seen the movie twice, I can say that Vince portrayed a caring parent superbly.
This was a remake of a recent movie, Starbuck, from Canada. As such, it was pretty much fully scripted, almost no room for ad libbing, because that is always one of our questions: “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 [CHUCKLES] that’s based on my experience.” Vince had just been through 2 ultrasound experiences in the last few years, you will see he brings some great comedy into that scene!
The other great thing is that the two co-stars, Cobie and Chris, are also parents of young children, they all had that in common, “And, you know, they’re just excited parents, so that was fun. It was fun to be making this movie with people who are at a similar stage that I was; what I liked about them is that they’re very grateful still; so, that was fun to be around.”
Lastly, as an experienced actor we were curious how it was to work with so many younger actors who were almost all new to the field. “It’s like young actors similar to young people hopefully have some optimism and they have some dreams in them, and there’s something inspiring, I think, about seeing that innocence, you know, before you [CHUCKLES] find out that things are very complicated in the world, of course. [LAUGHS] Right? But there’s that purity that they have that was fun to work with.” That was my favorite part of the interview, when Vince was chatting about his young co-stars, I am sure it brought him back to his early acting days when there was just a lot of gratitude to be working!
Here’s a small treat, no spoilers below, but the beginning of a very, very funny scene:
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DELIVERY MAN releases in theaters on November 22nd!
Disclosure: Disney invited me on a press trip and paid all of my expenses. No other compensation was received. All opinions are always 100% my own and honest. Some pictures courtesy of DreamWorks, Disney and MomStart.com.
And Vince was very kind, he took several pictures with the bloggers in small groups: