Owen Wilson talked about his first conversations with brothers and filmmaking duo John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle during the Los Angeles premiere of Weinstein Co.’s new action movie “No Escape” on Monday at L.A. Live. “They said, ‘You bring the dad from “Marley and Me” and we’ll bring the turmoil in Southeast Asia.'”
In the film, Wilson stars as an ordinary father who moves his wife and two daughters to Thailand only to get caught in the middle of a violent political uprising.
As a comic actor, Wilson said that leading a thriller was a matter of tapping into authenticity. “I just think it was a character that I could imagine myself playing who wasn’t doing unbelievable action movie stuff,” he said. “It was all grounded in a reality and motivated by the stuff that you would genuinely (feel) — that primal stuff when your kids are in danger.”
Bold Films CEO Gary Michael Walters said that Wilson was a big selling-point for the production company. “We loved the idea of working with Owen outside his normal pocket,” he said. “He plays an every-man action hero so it’s not James Bond — it’s much more credible.”
In fact, the closest thing to a 007-type in the film is Pierce Brosnan‘s character, Hammond, a womanizing, undercover government operative. Before the premiere, the former Bond shared the red carpet with three of his sons, Sean, Dylan and Paris.
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Although he stayed for the premiere, Wilson said he would prefer not to see himself on the big screen. “I’m never a big fan on watching myself,” he said. “I like to let a few years go by before I sort of end up being able to watch it objectively. It’s like when you would hear your voice on an answering machine. It’s always a little bit jarring.”
The film also stars Lake Bell along with child actors Sterling Jerins and Claire Geare who audibly gasped “Wow!” when they entered the after-party at the WP24, and saw the crowd. Actor Ken Marino also attended to support Bell, his “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” cast-mate.
“No Escape” is in theaters Aug. 26.
(Pictured: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan at the premiere of “No Escape”)