Patrick Wilson Talks Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH; Says “It’s Like All Those Excessive 80s R-Rated Action Comedies”

     August 19, 2013


I’m a big fan of director Joe Carnahan.  I like the diversity of his filmography, and I’ve even had a blast with his panned pictures like Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team.  They’re both action movies that have a lot of spark and lunacy to them, and his upcoming film Stretch seems to have the same kind of energy according to star Patrick Wilson.  For those unfamiliar with the film, Wilson stars as “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”  The film is low-budget, but the cast includes Chris Pine (who worked with Carnahan on Smokin’ Aces and was great), Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, Shaun Toub, Ray Liotta, and David Hasselhoff.

Hit the jump for the kind of craziness we can expect from the movie.  Stretch opens March 21, 2014.

joe-carnahan-liam-neeson-the-greyWe spoke to Wilson during the press day for Insidious: Chapter 2, and here’s what he had to say about Stretch:

It’s insane.   It’s all those movies – in a strange way [Insidious] nods to 80’s horror movies, I think in a lot of ways.   Stretch is like that for action comedies.   It’s completely balls to the wall.   The worst night of the limo drivers career going from trying to get this money, all this cast of characters, and a dead guy over my shoulder that’s haunting me the whole time in a shark-skinned suit and a tiny moustache by the name of Ed Helms.   I was like, “Joe is this Cannonball Run meets Bachelor Party?”  [Laughs] it’s like all those excessive 80’s R-rated action comedies.   I mean, it’s insane.   Brooklyn Dekker, Jessica Alba…we’d be doing “Tonight I’m getting chased down the street by these body guards.   Oh and we happened to get a former pro-baller from the Green Bay Packers, he’s going to be chasing you.  ” And you’re like, “Of course, why wouldn’t we?”  [Laughs] Who’s there today?  Today’s David Hasselhoff.   Awesome, who’s he playing?  David Hasselhoff.   Fantastic! It was that type of movie and it was awesome.   It was so much fun.   The movie was so much fun.   It was insane, insane.   So funny, hopefully.

Like I said, I’m a huge supporter of Carnahan’s work (The Grey was my favorite movie of last year), and while his more action-oriented movies haven’t really landed with audiences and critics, I hope Stretch will finally win them over.

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