Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders premiere DreamWorks' 'Delivery Man'
Andre Rouleau, one of the producers of the film, a remake of French-Canadian 2011 movie “Starbuck,” said that Steven Spielberg was the one who suggested Vaughn for the role as a man who finds out he’s fathered 533 children after donating profusely to a sperm bank years ago. Upon their first meeting, Rouleau knew he was the one to go with.
“The Vince that we met versus the ‘Swingers’ Vince is a different guy,” he explained. “He’s an adult, very mature. Not fast-talking Vince. He has children. This performance, I think, is more emotional, deeper, than he’s ever done.”
Executive producer Scott Mednick, who also worked on the original film, agreed that audiences will see a very different Vaughn.
“It’s the first time we’re going to see Vince make people cry a bit,” he said.
Vaughn noted that the movie’s bizarre concept of fathering hundreds of children unknowingly called for him to act both seriously and comically.
“As an actor, it’s very unique to play a part where you get to do so many different types of genres in one film,” he said. “There’s nothing polite about it. It does get to really emotional places, but it does it in kind of a surprising way.”
First-time actor Derrick Arthur got to see the fun side of Vaughn. He played one of his hundreds of children, and spoke about how their scenes together were improvised, and how Vaughn would lead him through it.
“He would just stop, but the cameras kept rolling and he’s like, ‘All right, now try this: Punch me as hard as you can,’” Author said. “And I was like, ‘No, I’m not going to get sued by you!’”
Though the original “Starbuck” was released only a couple of years ago, Rouleau insisted that the film was an important one for American audiences to see. There’s been questions as to how similar the two films are, and he described them as “same meal, different flavors.”
Chris Pratt, who gained 60 pounds for his role as a somewhat incompetent lawyer and attended the event with wife Anna Faris, said he got to see the original, and while the setting and some of the scenes are different, it’s largely similar.
“It’s rare opportunity for a director to have the chance to remake a movie that they’ve already made,” he acknowledged. “I think when you give them that chance, you iron out a few things that maybe you didn’t like about the first one, but for the most part, it’s pretty similar.”
For co-star Cobie Smulders, it was the original that sold her on starring in the movie – along with the news of who her castmate would be.
“I got to watch a movie and kind of really enjoy the story that way,” she recalled. “Then I heard that Ken Scott was going to do the remake, and that Vince Vaughn was on board — I was sold.”
After the premiere, members of the cast and crew traveled across the street to attend an after party at the Hard Rock Cafe.
“Delivery Man” will be released Nov. 22.