Director Todd Phillips Exclusive Video Interview DUE DATE; Plus an Update on THE HANGOVER 2

     November 8, 2010

While I like to post interviews before a film gets released, every once in awhile I’ll wait until after opening weekend before posting. It usually has to do with spoilers.  If an interview covers some of the big plot points or surprises, I don’t think it’s cool to run it early.  So we don’t.

Which brings us to my interview with Due Date director Todd Phillips.

Since the interview covered a few of the plot points, I decided to wait until after opening day.  But now that Due Date has opened…it’s time for my extended video interview with Phillips. Hit the jump for more:

due_date_movie_poster_robert_downey_jr_01Now before you start thinking that you can’t watch this interview if you haven’t seen Due Date.  You can.  It’s just during the interview we talked about some of the crazy things that Robert Downey Jr.’s character does in the film.  So if you want to be completely spoiler free, see the movie first.

Anyway, during the interview (which Phillips let me shoot on camera), we talked about promoting, the pressure of making any movie after the insane success of The Hangover, improvisation, the crazy things Downey Jr. does in the film and did he object to any of it, Zach Galifianakis, film versus digital, is Phillips going to make a 3D comedy, his first movie Frat House, how is The Hangover 2 going, and so much more.  As usual, the interview is time indexed so you can watch the parts that interest you.

And with that…here’s Todd Phillips.  And go see Due Date.  It’s quite funny.

  • 00:14 – Does Phillips enjoy the marketing/promotional aspect of making a movie? (Answer: Not really)
  • 00:50 – Phillips on the stresses and difficulties of going from The Hangover to Due Date to promoting Due Date whilst filming The Hangover 2.
  • 1:31 – Phillips on eschewing the pressures of following up The Hangover – states that he didn’t necessarily think about topping The Hangover; but instead just wanted to make this movie, regardless of any of his previous films.
  • 2:33 – Phillips talks of the “anti-chemistry” between Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in Due Date.
  • 3:24 – Phillips on the role of improvisation in Due Date and all his films in general.
  • 4:46 – Phillips on the great Robert-Downey-Jr.-punches-a-child scene in Due Date and how Downey Jr. is able to still be likable in the film despite said action.
  • due_date_movie_poster_zach_galifianakis_015:30 – Phillips talks of the differences between Due Date and his other road trip movie: Road Trip. He cites tone as the primary difference between films.
  • 6:24 – Was there any hesitation on Downey Jr’s part to play such an unlikable character? Answer – A little bit. Phillips regales a story about Downey’s initial hesitation to spit on Galifianakis’ dog’s face in Due Date.
  • 7:42 – Phillips on film vs. digital: states that he has issues with digital and shoots on film only; shooting on film makes Phillips extra focused because of its high cost.
  • 9:08 – Was there ever a thought to shoot Due Date or any other of his comedies in 3D? Answer: No. Phillips states that he loves the communal aspect of seeing a film and that putting 3D glasses on separates the audience members in a theater.
  • 10:24 – Phillips on the unavailability of his breakthrough documentary Frat House: He states the film is still not yet released on video/DVD/Blu-ray but can be found on the internet via Google videos.
  • 11:04 – Phillips talks of shooting The Hangover 2 – states that they just wrapped all things set in Los Angeles and that they’ll be shooting the remainder of the film in Bangkok.
  • 12:05 – Phillips on the role of test screenings shaping his films. He states that test screenings don’t have a large impact on his films, but that they do help with establishing a sense of rhythm and timing.
  • 12:52 – Phillips talks of the one moment in Due Date that was cut due to test audiences’ poor reception. It involves Galifianakis father’s ashes and sharing needles.
  • 13:58 – Will there be a lot of deleted scenes from Due Date on the DVD/Blu-ray? Phillips plays rather coy on the subject – but does admit there will be some deleted scenes.

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