Last month I had the opportunity to speak with directing team Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory) about their upcoming movie The Switch. Before I continue, let me advise you to rid yourself of all your expectations now. The Switch is nothing like either Blades of Glory or what it’s advertisements seem to show. It’s more serious, poignant and overall much, much better than it’s ads led me to believe. When it’s funny, it’s funny, but this is a real movie, not an absurd goofy comedy. I was very surprised by how much I liked the movie and I would definitely recommend it.
In my 20 minute talk with Gordon and Speck, we were able to cover a wide variety of topics, including how they met, how they divide up duties as a directing team, what exactly directors do on the set of a comedy or dramedy, working with a child actor as well as Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, their future, and much more. Gordon and Speck were two very smart filmmakers and a had a lot of interesting stuff to say about not only their film, but the moviemaking process as well. Continue reading to check out the interview. The Switch hits theaters August 20th.
The first trailer for the hopefully-saved-by-Jason-Bateman comedy The Switch has come online. The film was previously titled The Baster, but that was deemed too risqué since the film is about artificial insemination. Instead, the trailer just has Juliette Lewis waving a baster in Jason Bateman’s face. This is followed by a scene where Bateman knocks over a sperm donation by accident and then refills it off screen. Crisis averted.
The premise has Bateman as a guy who got caught in the friend zone with Jennifer Aniston’s character. She decided to get pregnant through artificial insemination and chose the dreamy sperm of Patrick Wilson’s character. But as we mentioned before, comic circumstances lead to a change-up and Bateman’s “hijacks” her pregnancy. Seven years later, he recognizes that he has a son, but doesn’t know how to handle the situation.
Now you know why I put “hopefully-saved-by-Jason-Bateman” as the adjective for this movie. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and the official synopsis. The Switch hits theaters on August 20th.
The other day I got to participate in a roundtable interview with Jason Bateman for his new movie “Extract”. While I’ll have a complete transcript next week, I wanted to post some highlights today. After all, who doesn’t want to hear the latest update on the “Arrested Development” movie? Also, we got him to talk about his work in the just wrapped Simon Pegg/Nick Frost movie “Paul”, his romantic comedy “The Baster”, and would he like to make a “Hancock” sequel. His answers after the jump: