I saw this movie at Blogher13 in Chicago! I am embargoed but may share a little bit at the end…
A middle-aged man’s life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donations he had made 20 years earlier. When over a hundred of the children file a lawsuit need to meet their sperm donor father, he must decide whether or not he will step up and reveal his identity. Throw in an ex girlfriend who is also pregnant with his child and you need Vince Vaughn as the perfect actor for this role!
In real life Vince is a 40 something dad to a toddler. At the time of this interview his wife was pregnant with their second child. With an understanding of fatherhood first hand, Vince told us he felt he could bring a lot to this role, he thought it was a great fit for him as an actor:
“When the character was younger, he kind of donates a lot to a sperm bank. As sort of a young guy, he thinks, oh I can make a couple bucks, but never thinks of the consequences at that age. And now all these years later it’s five hundred kids that could want to meet him. They’ve overused his donations, if you will. The concept in itself is funny. But then what became interesting was because of the number of children, they can each play out in different circumstances so I think he gives you all of your hopes and fears as a parent, each kind of kid can represent that. One could be working, one could be getting challenged with problems in life. One’s hurting, one’s this, etc., and so to all these different kids going through a unique experience, sort of as a parent I think what you try to daydream about and stay positive about.” Cause you want to help your progeny!
The actor Chris Pratt plays Vince’s lawyer and friend. He is also busy juggling life with his young kids!
Vince shared that he had some friends who were adopted. There were also several of us at the interview who were adoptive parents so we discussed the idea of wanting to meet one’s birth parents. I deal with this weekly, I actually keep dibs on my son’s birth mom and have told him we would be glad to introduce them when he is 18. In that regard there is a realness in this film that will hit home to a lot of people.
It was also great to hear about Vince’s enthusiasm with working with the young actors that were portraying his children, These actors are mostly in their 20’s, and they bring a freshness that an actor like himself may be a few years removed from:
“You know what’s fun with these young actors is, I think all of us in life, we allow ourselves to kind of commit to stuff. A lot of young actors I find, especially this age range, from eighteen to early twenties, they come in like really working hard; these kids, it’s really fun for them. So for me that’s kind of part of the fun of working with them.”
And lastly, a question us NY bloggers tend to ask everyone, “How has it been filming in New York?”
“It’s so incredible being here. It’s great because it lends itself to having that many kids who are all involved in different lifestyles and involved in different things, it lends itself well to, this kid lives in this neighborhood, or this kid who is a half sibling, lives in a completely different neighborhood. this and that. So it leads you to some unbelievable destinations that would have all these little nuances.” Sounds perfect for this comedy!
Thanks to Vince Vaughn for taking the time away from the set to talk to us. And also, we were thrilled, he told his co-star, Cobie Smulders that there was a group of parent bloggers on the set, so she should be warned, we were watching them! He then used us a a reference for several jokes, “Oh, I wonder what the mom bloggers are going to say about this line!” We can only hope we make the blooper reel!
Since the time of this interview, Vince’s wife gave birth to his second child. That is why he was not with us in Chicago at Blogher13 where many bloggers, including myself, got to preview the movie. He did once again acknowledge us by video at the screening which not many actors have done at event that I have attended. I greatly appreciated that! My review of the movie is embargoed, but I can tell you that I laughed, I cried, and I can’t wait to see the movie again!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this work. All opinions are always 100% my own and honest.
Here is my celeb pic from the preview I saw!