Opening Christmas Day is director Peter Segal’s (Get Smart) boxing comedy Grudge Match. Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone play two Pittsburgh fighters whose rivalry ended abruptly in 1983. Thirty years later, a boxing promoter (Kevin Hart) convinces them to get back in the ring for one last fight that turns into a “must-see HBO event.” Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal also star. Watch the trailer here.
A few days ago, I landed an extended video interview with Segal here in Los Angeles. He talked about why it’s taken him so long to direct another movie, how Grudge Match came together, the process of casting Stallone and De Niro, what it was like to direct them, how the test screenings affected characters and storylines, deleted scenes, what will be on the Blu-ray, and more. In addition, Segal also talked about what happened with the Get Smart sequel, Shazam, Vin Diesel’s The Machine, Bleach, Harvey, and how he almost directed a different version of Neighborhood Watch with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. Hit the jump to watch.