Another year, another summer comedy for the actor.
He's one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood - and it has nothing to do with his uniquely-shaped nose (his signature feature). But, Owen Wilson is recognized because he stars in some of the biggest movies in movie history, including last years breakout hit comedy, Wedding Crashers with pal Vince Vaughn.
Well, earlier this year Vince had his summer comedy with Jennifer Aniston, The Break-Up - and now, Owen's back this summer with his summer comedy - You, Me and Dupree, also starring Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson. Owen plays Dupree as the free-spirit best friend of Matt; after falling on hard times after Matt and Kate's wedding, Owen moves in with the two. One of the laziest people you'll ever meet, Dupree gets in the middle of Matt and Kate's relationship and puts a huge strain on their marriage.
He does have some good qualities - he gets in good with Kate's father (Michael Douglas) - however, that's not as good as it sounds. Matt and Michael do not have a close relationship in the movie.
What we found out before we spoke with Owen, is that improving in movies is one of his favorite things to do - apparently, he writes jokes in his Blackberry to save for certain scenes.
We started our conversation off with that very subject. Check out what he had to say about that, and what he mentioned about working on the film:
What jokes are stashed in your Blackberry?
Owen Wilson: You know, I get criticized for being on my Blackberry especially from my girlfriends - 'You're more interested in that, than having a good conversation.' But, I will say, in my defense, that I feel like I do sometimes write down good ideas or funny stuff, ideas for scenes and stuff; sometimes I'm just on there just bs-ing.
How would you describe Dupree?
Owen Wilson: Well, part of Dupree definitely was kind of a little bit like - we had this Dalmatian that we had when we were kids that my parents got us named Nutmeg and this dog, at least was just insane and tore up everything and my parents wanted to send it to go live on a farm. That's what they were telling us, where it would have more space and we were crying 'noooo' and finally my parents began to fall in love with the dog and Dupree has a little bit of that quality. That was the inspiration, after some of our family dogs growing up.
Do you see Dupree going on as a motivational speaker like he is at the end of the film?
Owen Wilson: Somebody was saying the Tony Robbins used to live in his car and so, if Tony Robbins can do it, I don't see why Dupree couldn't become sort of a force out there because I think his message is kind of a good one, 'stay loose, stay liquid, laugh a lot.' What else is there?
How do you find your 'ness?
Owen Wilson: I think I try to find my 'ness the way that Dupree does with 'stay loose, stay liquid, laugh a lot'.
What was the chemistry like between you and Matt?
Owen Wilson: I think with chemistry, seems like very movie I'm in they talk about, if you're in it with another person they're always talking about the chemistry and it just seems to be based on if the movie does well, 'you and Vince have great chemistry but you and Eddie Murphy, your chemistry wasn't so good (in I Spy). All I know is that when Eddie and I were working, we had a great time together; we were really laughing a lot but, for whatever reason, it just didn't quite play or connect. But, I think it's just enjoying the people that you are around and kind of play off them. I know, with Kate, I think why Matt and I liked her and the crew loved her and the directors, is that Kate is very easy to get laughing and she's always kind of smiling so you feel like 'wow, I'm really on fire today!' Then you realize she's like that with the prop master and the caterer. She kind of makes everybody feel like they're great - and, it doesn't hurt that she's super pretty.
What about chemistry with your brothers?
Owen Wilson: I think, with your brothers, it's feeling very comfortable, not just comfortable but to say 'you're my brother and I love you' which we would never say. But it's feeling very comfortable to say, 'you're driving me crazy' and to sometimes say sort of mean stuff - because they're your brother, you sort of have to take it.
We see a lot of you in this movie; are you particularly proud? Are you an exhibitionist?
Owen Wilson: I was thinking, that scene where I run out of the house practically naked - I'm just covered by those pillows. Yeah, this might be one that maybe I should give my mother a little heads up on. She might want to go see Cars for the second time.
Is there any embarrassment involved?
Owen Wilson: Yeah, there's a lot of embarrassment; believe me, there were other shots that they had in there that I was like 'no, we're not puttin' that in.' People would say, was it hard not cracking up doing the scene where I have the sock and there is an adult-themed movie playing and I was like 'no, it was really embarrassing' so it worked for the character. You've got all the crew standing around and teamsters and stuff and there you are kind of simulating something that is probably not meant to be simulated in front of fifty people.
In another world, would you like to try a more straight-laced character?
Owen Wilson: Yeah, I definitely could identify with a lot of Carl's (Matt) feelings and the lines that he says. When I originally started working on the script with the writer, he pitched me the idea; I did think of myself as maybe playing Carl and, there was a possibility, at one point, that I was going to play Carl. I think I could have definitely related to some of the stuff that he goes through but I think everybody can; you've either experienced a Dupree or you've been a Dupree and, in my case, I've had both.
Could you see playing a villain?
Owen Wilson: Yeah, I think it would be fun to play; I saw Robin Williams in this movie Insomnia, he's a killer. I was like 'what is Mork doing? This isn't right.' I would like to do that also but I wonder if people would have a problem with it. Behind Enemy Lines isn't, obviously, a comedy, and, I think, hopefully, comedic actors can - I think that I could probably pull something off like that if given the chance.
Are you going to pursue it actively?
Owen Wilson: Yeah, I would definitely like to do a movie where the burden wasn't on that you had to get big laughs in set pieces. I think it would be nice to do a movie that had funny stuff but it was more sort of from the characters. I loved that movie Sideways; that has really funny stuff but it has a lot of emotional stuff. I think Wes (Anderson) and I tried to do that in some of the scripts that we worked on. I can't imagine ever doing a straight, serious movie that didn't have anything funny in it because I don't think that life is ever really like that. Even in Raging Bull, the scenes between DiNiro and Joe Pesci, some of those are hilarious.
Dupree tries to get his girl back; have you ever had the experience of trying to get a girl back?
Owen Wilson: Oh yeah, I've definitely had to try and win a girl back. All of a sudden, you're sending flowers and you're pretending that there's nothing you'd rather do on a Sunday than go antique shopping, drive to Pasadena and hit the flea market and usually that relationship doesn't last because there's only so long you can fake that.
Do you write any poems?
Owen Wilson: I've probably pawned off some poems as my own that I got from like a song lyric, yeah.
Are you and Vince in a competition this summer to see which one will do the best after Wedding Crashers?
Owen Wilson: It's funny, we have the same agent and she was saying that Vince gets so into stuff and Vince has this natural exuberance and I feel like he's now getting ready to do press for You, Me and Dupree to help this movie like this is one of his projects also.
Do you and your brother have a kind of competition?
Owen Wilson: I don't think so; we'll stand out on the beach and throw rocks at a post for four hours and get in screaming matches but I don't think we've ever been competitive about this stuff because I think it's the feeling like 'Gee, if Luke does really well, I know I can always get him to be in a movie with me.' It's kind of hoping that a rising tide lifts all boats.
In the dream sequence, how many different swimsuits did you guy make Kate try on?
Owen Wilson: Probably about seventy-three - and they were all good. That was a fun day!
Would you say you are a messy or a neat person?
Owen Wilson: I'm probably - well, slob would be too strong a word but edging in that direction.
And yes, he does play a slob in this film - but it's a fun slob. You, Me and Dupree hits theaters July 14th; it's rated PG-13.