Feature by: Jack Foley
ON-SCREEN, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson can currently be seen
gate-crashing other people's weddings in the aptly named comedy,
The Wedding Crashers.
But in real-life, the talented duo are earning something of a
reputation for 'crashing' other people's movies as part of a new
comic super-group that has become dubbed 'the frat-pack'.
Vaughn, for instance, has contributed telling cameos to the likes
of Will Ferrell's Anchorman, while Wilson has cropped up in a
number of Ben Stiller movies, and Ferrell has appeared briefly
in Starsky and Hutch (as well as Wedding Crashers).
Indeed, part of the joy of watching this frat-pack is in seeing
just which one of them will cameo in the other's film.
Vaughn, however, laughs off suggestions that this is a deliberate
tactic designed to land each other more roles.
"I've always found it odd," he maintained at the recent
London press conference for Wedding Crashers.
"I think that if there's any kind of common denominator
it's Ben Stiller who sort of hired people for different stuff
and looked to do stuff with people. That was how people initially
"Even with Owen, this was the first chance we really had
an opportunity to do stuff together. We'd had a taste before,
a pink spoon - on Zoolander and Starsky
& Hutch - but never the whole Sundae."
Adds Wilson: "I think the way it works is that when you're
casting a movie, usually you try to work with people that you
"There's sort of a couple of people who work together and
there's been some overlap, but it's less sort of a sinister plan
and more about wanting to bet on somebody that you believe can
The Wedding Crashers afforded exactly that sort of opportunity,
enabling both Wilson and Vaughn to put their comic brains together
and come up with something a little different from the norm for
this sort of thing.
Explains Vaughn: "I don't think
Wedding Crashers is comparable to other studio films that even
I have been in.
"To me, it is the most like the Wes Anderson movies or the
Jon Favreau films, where it's very character-driven and the characters
go on a journey.
"Your're rooting for the characters. You're emotionally
involved with them. The jokes play funny because you kind of feel
awkward in the circumstances that they do.
"A lot of the other comedies you're looking at are more
sketch-driven, where each scene tries to bigger or crazier than
"This movie takes flawed characters and moves them forward
just a little bit by the end."
That said, Vaughn couldn't seem to resist reverting back to comedy
mode when talking about what it meant to work properly with Wilson
for the first time.
"To me, Owen Wilson is big dollar sign," he joked.
"You can talk about love all you want, but when I look at
this guy all I see is a dollar sign.
"I said Owen, 'here's how it's going to work, amigo, I'm
going to say something stupid, you're going to roll your eyes,
step on your toe and the guy in the glasses is gonna yell 'cut'.
I do not want to be late for the God damn Lakers game!"
So are there any plans to work together more in the future, on
a musical perhaps?
"Thank you for asking," enlightens Vaughn in typically
"There is a musical that me and Owen are working on right
now. We play two rodeo clowns who leave the rodeo and become two
life-guards at a park district pool outside of Chicago, where
we befriend a young Filipino boy who has an outer belly button
and teach him what it's like to get along with the other kids
"It's called Mr Sunshine and Owen plays Mr Sunshine!"
Now that sounds like something worth crashing!
Vince Vaughn interview
Owen Wilson interview