Earlier this month I interviewed Vince Vaughn for his upcoming role in Delivery Man. In Delivery Man Vince plays a character that gets into trouble all the time only because he believes the best in every person. He’s so innocent and loving he’s trusting and details are last. You’ll love this family movie and see what I’m talking about when you watch it this Friday November 22nd in a theater near you.
What made you want to play David Wozniak?
VV- You know, the director is a very passionate storyteller, and I think what he is doing with this story is really unique and inspiring, because it’s not an overly obvious way in to some very kind of sentimental and universal feelings I think about parenthood and also about life. But it starts with this kind of big concept. But what’s interesting to me is, you know, nowadays movies can be just a comedy or just sentimental or, or just a drama, and I think the skill set that, that Ken (Scott) has, which is very unique, is that it kind of is all of those things in one movie. So, it’s makes it a very unpredictable story. You’re not quite sure what emotion’s gonna come next. And also I think being a young father, the hopes and fears that you have for your kids really is strong in those vignettes.
He goes on sharing the layers of the kids characters in the movie relating to being a dad. (A possible spoiler alert)
VV – There that one scene where you hear the girl’s clearly being taken advantage of. It’s heartbreaking. But then (there’s scenarios where) something as simple, hey, I’, proud that my son’s on this basketball team. And so, I think it really in a unique way — even the scene with the kid where you like you give him the keys to the truck and (I can say) it’s like is it not cool to say please and thank you. So in a way, it’s like all the things that you kinda go through as a parent but it’s done in a very unique way, and so it kinda cracks you open. And even with the stuff with the, with the boy who’s in the wheelchair, you know. What’s very moving to me about that is — which I think really liked about the character from the beginning and I think I can relate to this sometimes. I think a lot of us can, is he doesn’t know how to love that kid. It’s not that he doesn’t love the kid. He doesn’t know his value in that situation. When he first wants to leave it’s actually because he’s intimidated. He doesn’t have the self-confidence to say how do I express affection or warmth. And the woman really helps him and says, just be there. You know, just talk to him. And then it’s nice that he has that thought to go pick him up and include him, and it just starts to feel like this is just normal and this is nice. And it’s nice for the, for the boy, but it’s also I think nice for David and for the other kids, but it’s really that bridge of figuring out what’s my way in to share these experiences with somebody.
A dad of now two kids, how did it affect you in this role?
VV – Like a little bit of what I was talking about in that you’re so cracked open as a parent to those things. I had only my daughter while filming this, so my second child was conceived during Delivery Man. And so, you have your kid and you start thinking about a family. And inevitably you start thinking about well, what should I do for their lives. You start seeking information about how do I parent, you know, temporary words versus permanent words. And it just becomes a journey of figuring out what’s the best way to give them skill-sets to be successful and what is the best stuff you can do as a parent. So, you start down that journey so strongly. And I think for me, fortunately, I come from a very close family, and I waited till I was older and I really wanted to be a parent when I became a parent. So, I’m very invested in it. I think it was very easy to draw on those kind of emotions that were running in me anyway. I think it was very much at the surface.
If you are seeing Delivery Man to see they typical Vince Vaughn comedy, you are not going to find that in this movie. This is a family film, and with that, we wanted to know – if he is actively trying to make more family- friendly movies, something that his family could see in the future?
I don’t know if I would say I’m actively doing it. I think this was nice, ’cause it was kind of a return to doing more grounded performances, which I used to do and not so broad. So, that was exciting. And I do think the time in my life kind of particularly made me excited about investigating parenthood and also partnership I think is important, too. You know, I think the best thing you can do as a father for your kid is to love the mom in that it shows him what a good relationship should be. There’s so much teaching that’s not really downloading information that’s just by example. It gives ‘em harmony in the house. And so, it’s interesting for, for Cobie’s (Smulders) character and my character to kind of figure out, how they see each other, what are the expectations, ’cause I find relationships to really be about communicating and expectations, you know. What, what do you expect the other person to do and how do you communicate so that you’re both understanding what those expectations are, ’cause once you start breaking expectations and if you’re not understanding what the other person wants, then trust can, can get broken.
So, I think it’s interesting that, you know, my character kind of comes to a place of accepting who he is. I can’t be someone I’m not, you know, but I love this kid and I love you, so let’s start from that place. But how do we kind of figure out, how we’re gonna do this, and that’s the thing with parenting, I think, is (about connecting). Yeah, you have to figure out how do you each allow each other to follow what they wanna do. And you’re gonna have to be good at communicating and doing things.
So, I think that’s part of the journey as a parent is, at least my experience is, who am I within this and how do I communicate with the other person? What’s the win-win? How do me and my wife both get what we want. And, you know, it’s just learning better skills at something that you’ve never done.
So….yes, 533 kids is a lot, but would Vince like to have more than 2?
VV: Yeah, I’m open to more kids. My wife has informed me that while someone is breastfeeding that’s not a conversation that we should have. See, I was away filming and we were skyping. And, we don’t have any help. It’s just me and her and we feel fortunate that we’re able to be in that situation, so but a lot falls on her when she’s breastfeeding. And so I was away, and I said this is great it’s great to have each other and maybe we’ll have one more. She said you cannot bring that up as I am breast feeding. On some level I feel like I started older in life, and so when you do start to do the math in your head, let’s say, like for me, it was a big deal when I finally were able to beat my parents in something, but these kids will be killing me pretty quick here, because I’m older than my dad was when he started, but, I’m open to having more — I don’t know if you plan it. We’ll kinda see what happens, but,I’m really thankful for the two kids that I have, and if another kid comes along, I would be thrilled for sure.
Me I’m good at 2. See How Vince handles having 533 in Delivery Man this weekend!