Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. Would you be chuffed to bits if someone crashed your
Owen Wilson: Would I? It depends on the person. If some
of the people seated next to me on this podium were to crash my
wedding - and they would have to crash, they wouldn't be invited
- I'd probably let bygones be bygones and welcome them. I'd shake
their hands so they could see that I'm not holding a dagger!
Q. Was there a lot of ad-libbing going on?
A. A lot of times I find that this makes it more exciting
because once you've read a line 15 times in the script all of
a sudden it's not as funny, so it's kind of nice if there is an
atmosphere on the set where you feel comfortable to improvise.
Because we'd worked with David before and the mood that he set,
you felt comfortably trying things. But a lot of the stuff was
planned out before.
Q. We keep hearing the term 'fratpack'. Is this a handy
media term or do you tend to hang out a lot with people like Will
Ferrell and Jack Black? Do you think you could be the 21st Century
answer to the Rat Pack?
Owen: I've seen that written in some places. I think
the way it works is that when you're casting a movie usually you
try to work with people that you believe in. 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 be funny. So I think that's
the way it's sort of happened a lot.
Vince: I've always found it odd. I've never even
done a scene with Jack Black. 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 overlapped.
Even with Owen, this was the first chance we really had an opportunity
to do stuff together. I did a non-speaking cameo in Zoolander
and we were never on-screen together; then in Starsky we had a
little bit to do...
Owen: Just a taste...
Vince: Just a pink spoon, not the whole Sundae.
Q. Owen, how did you like being directed by your brother
in the Wendell Baker Story?
Owen: I had more of a problem with my younger brother
directing me. I could kind of accept it from my older brother
but there was something kind of hard to stomach about Luke giving
me line readings. So I asked him to communicate any of his direction
to Andrew. And that's the way it worked.
We just showed the movie in Maui - where there's this incredible
film festival - where they showed it outside. But I don't know
when it will be coming out here, although I think it turned out
really well. Luke and Andrew both did a really good job.
Q. Have you ever been standing there and been lost for
Owen: I felt like yesterday. I was just really tired.
I had just got into town and on some of the one on one interviews
and stuff, I was just kind of at a loss and I was also trying
to watch the tennis tournament so sometimes I didn't even hear
Q. The lines that you use to girls are pretty outlandish...
Vince: You've heard worse and do not lie to me!
Q. Have you ever used such stories to encourage girls?
Owen: Not so much lying the way our characters do.
Vince: Someone's stolen the stars and put them
all in your eyes! Your legs must be exhausted... from running
through my dreams all night!
Owen: We had a lot to draw on.
Q. You seemed to say with
a smile that there's a lot we could draw on, so were any of the
lines that were used in the film drawn specifically from personal
Owen: Probably. It was more stuff to crack each other
up. Like what's something really corny to come up with. I know
that the part where I talk about people only using 10% of their
brains, but I think we only use 10% of our hearts, we'd already
finished filming that sequence and I was sitting around and I
thought of that and said it to David, and he laughed and set up
the shot so we could shoot it and then insert it back.
But I don't know where that line... it was probably from being
a kid interested in the fact that if we could only unleash that
other 90% of our brain....
Q. You're all very talented at comedy, how do you know
when you're creating a line that you're getting it right?
Vince: Like 'you're so money baby?' or 'earmuffs'?
Q. Do you test in front of the mirror?
Owen: Well what worked on this movie is that maybe you'd
come up with something, you're talking about improvising stuff,
so you'd run it by David and see if you could get him to laugh,
or go over to Vince's trailer and see what he thought of it. Sometimes
you'd just try to spring it and either the crew would be into
But that's like the best feeling as an actor that I could hope
for is that you kind of feel that it's loose enough that you can
try stuff. I've been lucky that people are usually pretty open
to trying things.
Q. Has dating been a nightmare since your initial success
in the movie business?
Owen: I guess some days I like to kid
myself that gosh I guess girls are able to see what a nice guy
I am. They were never able to see what a nice guy I am when I
was 23. Then I got this cynical guy going 'don't kid yourself,
Owen, you're not any better looking than you were at 23'.
Vince: So let's put on some sweat pants and let's
go down to the stripclub!
Q. Do you have favourites of the characters you play
in different movies?
Vince: Owen, can we see him, does Hutch want to come
out right now?
Owen: I'm a little shy. The little Filipino boy
in Mr Sunshine.
Vince: Is Hutch there, does he want to come out
and talk to everyone?
Owen: Hutch is very shy right now. Probably my
favourite movie would be the first movie I worked on because that
was the one that was the hardest to get made and it test screened
worse than any movie in Sony's history and stuff. So that was
the most important one to.
Q. Did you really molest Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman?
Owen: Well that's what the script called for. Actually
Vince was very worried about me...
Vince: I think my point was, what I was terrified
about, is that I told David 'I want you to watch the tape of what
happened with Sigfried and Roy because you're out of your damn
mind'. You're taking a lion and waving a piece of steak in its
face and at a certain point instincts are going to take over and
this old son of a bitch might flip out.
Owen: So David used tranquilisers on me that
day. They kept me heavily sedated. It was like Nicholson in the
Cuckoo's Nest. I didn't know where I was. Dr Quinn was safe that
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