License to Wed Premiere - John Krasinski and DeRay Davis
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Working with the robot babies, they freaked me out just watching you work with them
John Krasinski: "Oh my god, they're the creepiest things in the world."
We're interrupted by fans yelling from across the street for John to wave, which he does and then makes a joke of it.
John Krasinski: "The robot babies were extremely creepy. They looked kind of like James Cagney, like late James Cagney, tiny. And they smelled horrible. They smelled like gym mats that you had in gym class. I don't know why. Maybe just to add a little terror to the scene. So I was like gagging the whole time, not just when they were pooping on me and stuff like that. The whole time I was a little weirded out."
Did they malfunction a lot?
John Krasinski: "No, they were perfectly well trained to malfunction on command. So yes, it was perfect."
And working with Robin Williams, I'm sure you guys did a lot of improv. What was that like?
John Krasinski: "It was great. I feel like he made a lot of breakthroughs. I feel like he knows what it's like to be funny now. And I just feel proud. You know, I'm not saying that I did it. He took some good cues and he made it. I'm totally kidding. Everybody out there is like, 'You're a jerk.' No, he's just the most incredible guy. And being so funny and enthusiastic is a gift to the crew and cast because every take feels like the first one because his energy's contagious."
What kind of test would you put a couple through?
John Krasinski: "Again, just like a conversation. Like I think that having them talk to each I think the biggest thing you can learn from this movie is communication. I think learning that one person wants four children rather than two, it's such a small thing that can become a huge problem. Just talking. Talk it out. Talk and hug, guys. That's all."
So you play John's best friend and you give him advice in this.
DeRay Davis: "Yeah. I give him the best worst advice in America."
Now was that your own advice or was that the script's advice?
DeRay Davis: "I tried to slip some of my advice in there but that would have made it an R-rated movie."
How tough was it not to push this into the R-ratings? It seems like it would have been pretty easy with this cast.
DeRay Davis: "Yeah, we walked the borderline. Come on, Robin all day long he tested it. All the off-camera stuff would definitely be. It's an R-rated deleted scene movie is what it would have been."
So there's a whole other edition of the movie out there that could have been R-rated?
DeRay Davis: "I'll say that we'd have to reshoot it. But Mandy keeps it pretty clean. She's grounded. I've seen her blow up in a movie once, though. I've seen that her energy could have been there. But she did her thing."
How much of your stuff is actually in that script and how much is you?
DeRay Davis: "I improv'd a lot but they let me go. Like in the table read I was able to bring a lot, so my input went into the script. So it was a comfort zone, yeah."
And you've also got Semi-Pro coming up too?
DeRay Davis: "Semi-Pro's coming out with Will Ferrell, Andre 3000, Woody Harrelson and me "
That's a hell of a cast!
DeRay Davis: "Yeah, now that one definitely, it's not a PG. That's not a PG movie."
Who do you play?
DeRay Davis: "I play one of the basketball players. It's a pretty good role. I'm excited about. Probably the biggest role I've had in a long time."
Were you a basketball player in college?
DeRay Davis: "Hell no! I was the best basketball player that never made it. I'm telling you right now, you get a ball and you put me around some kids, and I'll dog them out."
So is this basketball team that you guys are on supposed to be good?
DeRay Davis: "Yeah, it's the ABA League. It's the ABA League right before the NBA merged with the ABA. It's basically the demise of our team, falling apart and trying to get back together. It's cool, though."
That's another one with a cast that likes to improvise. Or was it tightly scripted?
DeRay Davis: "Oh no. No, impossible. Don't ever say 'tightly scripted' and 'Will Ferrell' again in the same sentence ever."