2 Days in New York stars Chris Rock and Julie Delpy as a couple who go through two unforgettable days of mayhem when her family comes for a visit and pushes every button in the couple’s relationship. The quirky comedy, which opens in theaters on August 10th, is written and directed by Delpy and also features Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon, Emily Wagner, Dylan Baker and John Gallo.
In an exclusive phone interview today, I spoke to the multi-talented Delpy about what inspired her to make the film. The actress/screenwriter/director talked to me about why she cast Rock in the lead, how American perceptions of the French are often inaccurate, how she collaborated with her editor on the film’s comedic timing, her writing process, her comedic influences and shooting in New York City. She also discussed her upcoming projects: The Right Profile, a biopic about the life of Clash frontman Joe Strummer, which she may direct, and a possible follow-up to Before Sunset that she’s writing with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. Hit the jump for more.