For 2013, I’m actually celebrating Thanksgiving this upcoming weekend. You see, my family lives up in New England, while I’m down here alone in Maryland. Due to their schedules, they weren’t able to make the trip down here for the holiday, but didn’t want to miss out on spending some Thanksgiving fun with me. So while they are here, I figured what better way to celebrate then heading out for a good ole fashion Dinner & A Movie Family Outing? Our film of choice? DELIVERY MAN! That’s right… Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaugh, Chris Pratt, and Cobie Smulders hits theaters this Friday, November 22nd. What better way to spend time with your family then to see a movie together that is all about family!?!?
While out in California to attend the red carpet premiere of Delivery Man, we had the pleasure to interview Vince Vaughn about his latest role. I was excited when I first learned I would have a chance to chat with him because I’ve always been a big fan. I enjoyed his performances in comedies such as Swingers, Old School, and Wedding Crashers. What is interesting about Delivery Man though… is that to me it wasn’t a typical “Vince Vaughn comedy”. This was a much more grounded role for him to take. The film definitely had it’s comedic moments for sure! However I loved that it was mixed with drama and heartfelt warmth.
Vince casually entered the room, warmly greeting us with his presence. When he thanked us for attending the premiere and after party from the previous night, one of the bloggers jokingly quipped back thanking him for the Delivery Man t-shirts and Wozniak Meats hoodies (thank you Dreamworks and Disney for the apparel!!). Jokes were exchanged how that even though we could now sport Wozniak Meats gear, we definitely were not cleared to be truck drivers and drive those big delivery trucks (like Vince’s character David in the movie). Vince joked back that even he still doesn’t know how to drive one of those big trucks! He quipped that they are much easier to drive in New York when the streets are closed off for you.
As with the other interviews I’ve been posting, below I’ve included some highlights. Vince was so down to earth and friendly. I’m used to seeing him on the big screen as this energetic comedian. In person? Very grounded, very genuine.
Why did you decide to take the role as David Wozniak (Vince’s role in the film)?
VINCE: The director is a very passionate storyteller. I think what he is doing with this story is really unique and inspiring. It’s not an overly obvious way in to some very kind of sentimental and universal feelings. The story makes you think about parenthood, life, acceptance, accepting yourself, and all those kinda things.
What’s interesting to me is nowadays movies can be just a comedy or just sentimental or just a drama. I think the skill set Ken (director Ken Scott) has, which is very unique, is that it is kind of all of those things in one movie. It’s makes it a very unpredictable story. You’re not quite sure what emotion is going to come next. I think being a young father, the hopes and fears that you have for your kids really is strong in those vignettes.
You mentioned being a dad. How did being a dad affect how you took on the role?
VINCE: (During filming) I had only my daughter. My second child was conceived during Delivery Man. So you have your kids and you start thinking about family… and inevitably you start thinking about what should I do for their lives. You start seeking information about how do I parent, temporary words versus permanent words. It just becomes a journey of figuring out what’s the best way to give them skill sets to be successful. I think for me, fortunately, I come from a very close family, and I waited till I was older and I really wanted to be a parent when I got to be a parent.
So, I’m very invested in it. I think it was very easy to draw on those kind of emotions that were running in me anyway. I think it was very much at the surface.
This is a very family-friendly movie, which is kind of a departure from the movies that you’ve made in the past. Are you actively trying to make more family-friendly movies, something that your family could see in the future?
VINCE: I don’t know if I would say I’m actively doing it. I think this was nice, because it was kind of a return to doing more grounded performances. That was exciting. I do think that time in my life kind of particularly made me excited about investigating parenthood, and also partnership.
Again, based on your experiences here, you had one child at the time. Did you draw anything from parenthood at that point in your life to filming?
VINCE: It’s hard to say, as there are so many moments. I mean all the kids were just terrific. I had different unique experiences with each of them which was great. It’s fun to go be with Chris (Pratt), because he was so funny. The stuff with Cobie was really fun. I can’t say that there was just one, one particular day, because they were all so kind of unique. It was nice to have a variety of things to do so it didn’t feel like the same kind of tone every day. It was nice to have some funny scenes, but it was nice to kind of have some more heartfelt scenes.
What kind of gifts you would ask for Father’s Day from your 533 kids?
VINCE: Gosh, I would really hit them up for some stuff, right? Maybe if you got 533 kids, you can ask for a Father’s Day alone. Saying ‘I love you guys so much, but this is my day. No one talk to me.’ 533 would be a lot of a lot of conversations!
Prior to our interview with Vince, we had the opportunity to interview Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. They spoke highly of him during the interview. We couldn’t help but ask his thoughts on working with them! After joking how awful they were, he chatted about how much he enjoyed working with both of them. At the time of filming, all three stars were somewhat new parents. Vince noted how they bonded via parenthood. He noted how they are so gracious and balanced, which made them a joy to work with.
It was absolutely great to hear Vince talk about his family and children. You can tell fatherhood definitely must be one of his favorite “roles”. It was actually fun to hear him reminisce how his own parents were very supportive of his acting career, but never placed pressure on him to be financially successful. They encouraged him to just work hard and try his best. His goal became to be a better actor and improve himself, rather than try to earn more money than others.
Now that he’s had experience being a father of 533 children, we just had to ask if this was really how many children he would actually like to have with his wife (just kidding!). Vince replied that while he does have 2 children, he definitely is open to having more. He loves fatherhood, but joked that his wife is the one who will make the ultimate decision on the number of kids.
After the interview was over, Vince was kind enough to take a group photo with us. Yes, he really is that tall! Or maybe we are really that short? To give you an idea… I’m about 5’5″, give or take. That’s Vince though… super nice, super funny, and super tall.
Don’t forget to connect with DELIVERY MAN on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram! The film is slated for release on November 22, which is the Friday before Thanksgiving! I can’t tell you enough how heartwarming this film is. If you are looking for a great family activity for the holidays, definitely go see Delivery Man together! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be happy you saw it.
Be sure to follow along with all the Delivery Man fun with the #DeliveryManEvent hashtag.
While I attended an expense paid trip by Disney to the Delivery Man Premiere, all opinions are 100% my own.