Introspective yet enthusiastic, comedic yet serious, crazy tall yet completely down to earth — it’s all a contradiction in terms, and it’s just part of what makes Vince Vaughn endlessly fascinating.
Delivery Man, based on writer-director Ken Scott’s 2011 French-Canadian film Starbuck, tells the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak (Vaughn), a mediocre meat-truck driver whose anonymous — and plentiful — donations to a fertility clinic more than 20 years ago resulted in 533 children.
Now, 142 of them have filed a class action suit to try to determine the true identity of the biological father they know only as Starbuck — the pseudonym he used at the clinic. As Wozniak embarks on a journey of heartwarming self-discovery, he comes to realize that no one is ever quite ready for what life delivers and learns what it truly means to be a parent.
“It was fun to be making this movie with people who are at a similar stage — as excited parents,” Vaughn says of working with co-stars Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt. “They’re very balanced, so that was fun to be around.”
As for where his own parenting life will lead him, Vaughn is open to more kids, having just welcomed second child Vernon to his family.
“I’m really thankful for the two kids that I have, and if another kid comes along, I would be thrilled for sure,” he says.
I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Vaughn in Los Angeles the night of Delivery Man‘s red carpet premiere to talk more about parenthood (no nannies!), what it would be like to have 533 children (he’d ask for peace and quiet on Father’s Day), and what it meant to be a young actor in Hollywood when he first started out. (We’ll count the part when he kissed me on the cheek at the after party as a definite added bonus.)
To that end, here are 10 life lessons learned from the film. And Vaughn. Don’t worry, it turns out no one know what they’re doing at first:
Delivery Man releases everywhere on Nov. 22!
Photo credits: Walt Disney Pictures, DreamWorks
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