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 a whopping 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 — his pseudonym, not the coffee. As Wozniak embarks on a journey of self-discovery, he comes to realize that no one is ever quite ready for what life delivers.
The catalysts behind his heartwarming change from Peter Pannish man-child to vested father are his pregnant girlfriend Emma (Smulders), and his best friend Brett (Pratt), an overweight, overwhelmed divorcee, who adds comedic relief to the film’s highs and lows as his bumbling legal counsel.
I had the crazy awesome opportunity to sit down with both Smulders and Pratt in Los Angeles the night of Delivery Mans red carpet premiere to talk about all things behind-the-scenes, what it would be like to have 533 children (their responses are hilarious), what it meant to work alongside Vince Vaughn (they heart him for reasons you might not expect), and the infectious excitement that comes with the hush-hush details they can share about their future projects.
“I think we’re both pretty excited,” Smulders says of her upcoming roles in Avengers 2 and Captain America 2, plus of Pratt’s role in Guardians of the Galaxy. “From the world of creative fun and fantasy, I’m really excited to be a part of anything Marvel because it’s supported by such great fans and it’s just a dream.”
“Ditto,” says Pratt. “Guardians of Galaxy is Marvel’s take on a rocking, space opera-type story, and it’s so imaginative. Not really allowed to say even that, but I’m beyond excited.”
We are too.
To that end, 10 of their favorite behind-the-scenes moments while filming Delivery Man:
On ‘Delivery Man’ 1 of 11
To quote Cobie Smulders, "There's so much going on!"
On the script 2 of 11
"I was really moved by the story [and] loved the characters," Smulders says of first reading the script. "I loved that it was Canadian because I'm Canadian, and obviously, it's nice for it to come to America. I was also excited that Kevin Scott who wrote and directed the original was going do our version as well."
"I thought he had such a strong vision and great storytelling ability - I knew it was going be a good movie," she adds. "And then I heard Vince was attached, so I started auditioning. I went in and met with all the guys and convinced them to give me the role."
On Brooklyn 3 of 11
"I loved shooting in Brooklyn," Smulders says. "We shot in Carol Gardens and Park Slope. My character's apartment was [in Brooklyn], and I've always wanted to shoot a movie there."
"The city of New York is such a strong character in our movie and it just adds so much to it visually," she adds. "It was so much fun to shoot in. I mean you're in Brooklyn, so instead of going to get your coffee at craft service you go to the local coffee shop and have a cup of coffee. It just made everything more fun."
On motherhood 4 of 11
"Very much," Smulders says of her own experience with motherhood influencing her role. "This movie is really all about parenting. It's all about what it takes to be a parent, so I automatically connected with that."
"I was pregnant in this film, not in real life but I had the fake belly on and I remember... just crazy emotions that come into play when you're pregnant, and I think that one of the things pregnant women do crave is stability," she adds. "You're in this situation where a lot of things are unknown and in terms of this movie, Emma's character has a very unreliable partner so she's just sort of trying to figure all that out. "
On fatherhood 5 of 11
"My son had just been born when I was doing this movie," Pratt says. "I think he was two months old. So I wasn't necessarily able to relate to my character's journey as a father in this movie, because he's so overwhelmed with the idea of being a father."
"I was still finding every little tiny thing endlessly fascinating about my own son," he adds. "But I did miss him a lot, so there were moments in the performance where I needed to stare off into space and think about something that bummed me out. The fact that I was away from him was something that I could go to if I needed to so that was my way out."
On gaining weight 6 of 11
"Well, I really applied all of the principles of losing weight and just reversed them," Pratt says of packing on 70 lbs. for his role. "I had just come off from Zero Dark Thirty and I got in good shape for that, so I just crash dieted and worked out."
"My body was really ready to gain weight, rapidly," he adds. "My wife [Anna Faris] was in the last third of her pregnancy, so a good 20 pounds of that was probably just sympathy weight and gaining weight alongside her as we indulged in things that we don't normally eat."
On losing weight 7 of 11
"I had a meeting with the director and I saw the original movie," Pratt says of getting familiar with his part. "The actor who played my role in the original... part of the charm was that he was a bit of a bigger guy and I was like, 'This is really great!' It's a role where I can gain a lot of weight and I've always wanted to do that."
"I've done it before," he adds, "and I really wanted to do it again to see if I could really push it this time and so I did everything you think, minus any guilt. It was really great."
Except the weight loss that is. "I wish it could have been immediate but it took a long time," Pratt says of losing the weight. "It took about seven months or eight months to lose it."
On working with Vince Vaughn 8 of 11
"I loved working with Vince," Smulders says. "I think he's everything that you would expect him to be - super funny, super quick."
"Going into this movie I was very intimidated because he's sort of known for his amazing improv and I am very rusty, so when I came to this film and met him, he was so supportive and considerate and very charming," she adds. "He really goes out of his way to put everyone at ease on set and that sets the tone for everybody."
"I feel the same thing," Pratt says of working with Vaughn. "He's loved by his fans and people because he's real. He seems like a regular guy, and I think that he's everything you would really hope that he is. He's not like some Hollywood a-hole."
"He's no nonsense when it comes down to doing work, and makes sure everyone around him does good work, and that's important as the captain of the ship," Pratt adds. "But at the same time, he's charming, caring and polite. He's polite to everyone from the people who are his wait staff at restaurants to fans and strangers on the street who approach him. He always gives a little bit of himself to people."
On audience expectations 9 of 11
"I think that question is indicative of what you'd come to expect from a Vince Vaughn movie, especially in an outlandish premise like this," Pratt says of audiences expecting a comedy. "But once you see this movie, you'll see that this isn't a movie that's a laugh-a-minute comedy. I mean, there are funny laughs in the movie, but everything is tethered to a very strong, dramatic line."
"The funny scenes that are supposed to be funny are funny," he adds. "There were some moments that were particularly funny, for me in particular working with these young kids... but for the most part it's actually pretty dramatic in terms of the way the scenes are shaped so it wasn't like being on the set of Old School or Wedding Crashers or one of his other more outlandish comedies."
On the dramedic 10 of 11
"I was really moved by the way that Vince's character, David, chose to connect with his children for the first time," Smulders says of her favorite part of the film. "I really loved the way it all played out."
"It goes back to this execution of this idea because it could be a pretty broad, you know," Pratt adds. "But instead, it went to real places, and when [David] starts his journey to find them and some of them are crazy - like a professional NBA player, an actor who needs a role, a kid who has needed assistance his entire life and lives in an assisted living home, and there's a girl who has chemical dependency issues, and you're starting to deal with these realities that make it a real examination of humanity versus how silly you could play out the outlandish part of this."
On having 533 kids in real life 11 of 11
"I'd be so stoked. Wouldn't you be so stoked?," Smulders says when asked how she'd react to the news that she had 533 kids.
"It'd be like, 'How did that happen?'" Pratt adds.
"I don't remember birthing any of them," Smulders quips.
"It would be different for you than it would be for me," Pratt laughs. "I'd have to go to my wife and be like, 'I told you there was a past. Didn't get quite into how deep.'"
Delivery Man is currently playing in theatres everywhere!
Photo credits: Walt Disney Pictures, DreamWorks, Delivery Man on Facebook
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