Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Jamie Foxx - The Kingdom
What did Jamie Foxx do on set that made people think he was kind of stuck up?
Jennifer, what was it like being the only woman really on the set with all men?
Jennifer Garner: "You know, it happens pretty frequently. If you think about most movies, there's usually one woman and a bunch of guys. It's why we always complain about, 'Oh, we don't have enough roles.' But it's fun, especially when they're guys like this. I mean, Jason Bateman Look at him, look at that stud. He's just a love. And Pete (Berg) is crazy but And Jamie Foxx, such a gentleman. You know, I had a great time."
He says you're the strongest woman he's ever seen because of how you endured the heat and everything after the pregnancy. Was it really tough on you? How physically difficult was this for you?
Jennifer Garner: "There were days that were really hard on me, definitely. But for the most part, they were hard on all of us, and it wasn't that much harder on me than anyone else. It was really a question for me that I was going to take care of my baby first and the movie second, so a couple of days I had a rough time. But for the most part, it was all good."
You got to add a lot of your own comedy and improv into this. So how tough was that in an action environment?
Jason Bateman: "Well, the only tough part is that you have to be mindful and respectful of the Oscar award winners that are around you like stereo. You've got Jamie's statue on one side and Chris Cooper's on the other. And Jen Garner's got her Golden Globe. I don't want to be some wise-ass trying to steal laughs. It's a drama, the movie, so I had to be ready yet respectful."
Did they remind you of those statues that they had?
Jason Bateman: "No. But you could see it in their eyes."
Working on this type of movie where it's an action movie and it's a thriller, but it's also got the war. People have asked how you balance those two. How do you tell an entertaining story?
Jason Bateman: "I'm not smart enough to do that, but Matthew Carnahan is and Pete Berg is and Michael Mann is. And I just showed up and tried not to get my ass kicked by Chris Cooper and Jamie Foxx for being too much of a wise-ass."
Is it true that you came up with the idea of being kidnapped, that that wasn't in the original script?
Jason Bateman: "No, no, that wasn't my idea. It was my idea to have my mouth taped so I didn't have to continue to say, 'Let me go! Let me go!' for 30 pages."
So you just got to have your mouth taped and got to sit there?
Jason Bateman: "Right. And then I just powered down for the last month of the film."
Why do people work with Peter Berg over and over again? What is it about him?
Jason Bateman: "He's got a great deal of incriminating photos on half of the SAG body. So, I'm hoping to get those photos back. Not getting paid though "
How bad was the heat during filming?
Jamie Foxx: "At first they thought I was being stuck up because I would park my truck right next to the set with the air on. So after every take I would jump in. It's like 120, 130, you know Phoenix. You ever been to Phoenix in August? It's crazy! So I wasn't trying to melt out there. Then finally people started jumping in with me because they knew that the fainterisms was about to happen."
What haven't you accomplished yet in your career?
Jamie Foxx: "I'm just getting started. I really feel in the most humble way that I'm just getting started. I'm just really starting to understand the movie side of everything and understand how to do a record. Because for the longest I just kind of half-hazardly went through things. But now I've got a great team. I've got great friends in Michael Mann and Pete Berg and Will Smith. It's just great."