David Schwimmer (Charlie)Q: It seems like this has been fun to work on? DS: Yeah, it has. We have a really good crew and good vibe generally. It's been fun.
Q: Can you tell me about the role you play and describe your character?
DS: I play Charlie Wood. Hes a writer who is awaiting news on whether his book has been published. Hes been working on it for it for many years and has basically brought no income to his family because he has been writing this book for so long. Hes married, hes got a young daughter and hes a guy who is trying to do the right thing and trying to provide more for his family. He somehow gets embroiled in this really bad scheme to extort money from someone, and things go terribly, terribly wrong for Charlie and for everyone involved. Its when bad things happen to good people.Q: Your character goes through quite a rollercoaster of a journey?
DS: Yeah, Charlie is definitely the moral backbone of the story. I think most people will see it through his eyes, because most people have never been thrown into these circumstances, with all these murders, accidents and deaths. Also, most people do not resort to the level that Charlie, Josie and Gus resort to, in terms of trying to get this money and then try to get away with it. In many ways Charlie is the straight man, but this is also the biggest adventure hes ever had. While a lot of what happens is pretty scary and new ground for him, its also probably the most exciting thing thats ever happened to him. Its all totally new ground for Charlie. For the first time in his life, hes lying to his wife and thats just, its just really out of character for him. But, hes at a point in his life where he is desperate enough for change and unfortunately its bad timing for him because the element of change is Gus and its just a disaster.Q: Its quite a dark script. How does it feel to you?
DS: Ive done different kinds of comedy before but my favourite is dark comedy. When I read the script I just loved the tone so much. It was a similar kind of tone to one of my favourite movies, War of the Roses. I just really responded to it. I found the humour to be pretty grim but also just a lot of fun. I liked the physical comedy in it too and that to me is fun to try to do. I thought it would just be a blast.Q: Lets talk about your relationship with the rest of the cast.
DS: Its been a truly fun experience working with Alice and Simon. You never know you are going to get along with people before you sign up to do something, but luckily the three of us have just had a blast together and really made each other laugh as much if not more off camera as we do on camera. I think theres a good chemistry between Simon and I, between Simon and Alice and then Alice and I. Were this kind of weird gang but it sort of makes sense for some reason. When Simon and I are together it definitely feels like salt and pepper, something like two very different people that somehow seem right together.Q: How have you found their accents?
DS: Theyre great. They are both playing Americans extremely well. Their accents are fantastic. We have a terrific coach Judith Windsor, whose just great, great fun.Q: Throughout the film, their situation seems to goes from bad to worse
DS: Its true, just when you think things couldnt get worse they do in this movie. Theres a wonderful element of constantly shifting levels of trust, and no-one quite believes anyone else, and you want to and then no you cant. Thats really part of the fun. You just never know who to believe and what to believe. It keeps you on your toes and thats whats great about it.
Q: Tell me about working with Natascha McElhone
DS: Natasha is fantastic. The camera loves her and her work is terrific, shes also a real team player. She had a kind of nightmare travel situation, because she had to keep travelling back and forth to our locations because she has kids. Despite that she showed up, did her stuff and was a dream to work with. I had to kiss her in one scene and I begged Jean-Baptiste to write another couple of scenes but it didnt happen! It was fun and she was great.
Q: How about Mimi Rogers?
DS: It all sounds quite bizarre but Mimis been a trooper having an axe in her head since 7.00 am! Were going on fourteen hours now and thats a long time to sit there with an axe in your head. Shes been great fun.
Q: The locations add to the surreal feel of the film. What has your experience been of these various places?
DS: Its been really cold. We have a fantastic crew and for the most part theyve all been wonderful no matter where we are, whether its Wales, the Isle of Man or Vancouver. But, the truth is the cold weather has made for some brutal night shoots. Some of those exterior night shots were really long and really cold, and in-between the takes youd run to wardrobe to be wrapped in blankets and wrapped in our jackets and everything because after a while you just cant feel you face, and you dont know if your smiling or crying. But hopefully, all that matters is what comes out on film and hopefully on film it will look great.
Q: Whats Jean-Baptiste brought to the film?
DS: Jean-Baptistes been terrific. I am really drawn to passionate directors with vision. Whether I necessarily agree with something or not in a moment, its doesnt matter. If I believe in the director because of his passion and his vision Ill try anything. Ill go to the end of the earth to try to help him or her realize that vision. His energy, his sense of humour and his nature are really special. Theres something really sweet and really fun about the whole tone of the work here and that comes from the top that comes from the producers and from Jean-Baptiste. Its because of him I think everything has been going so smoothly and everyones been having a great time and that his actors trust him.
Q: There must be something about Simon that you hate, and you want to tell the whole world about it?
DS: Has he put you up to that?!!
Q: Something about cigars?
DS: Weve had a lot of running gags with each other but I can honestly say, theres nothing about him I hate hes just been a sweetheart and really great guy to work with. He does smell of cigars though.
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