What appealed to you in the script?
I liked the idea of a comedy revolving around a married couple. To take two, very ordinary people and put them in extraordinary circumstances is very funny. Then on top of that, these two develop a greater understanding of each other in the process.
How was it working with actor Mark Wahlberg?
He was incredibly funny. I honestly did not know what to expect initially because he seems to be a very quiet, introspective person, and I think he brought that to the movie. I think he has drawn a very amusing and intriguing character for Date Night. And he is not too hard on the ladies’ eyes either.
All your movies in the past few years have been hits. How much do you enjoy the star power?
That’s a dangerous way to think about yourself. If you start feeling your power or even think you have any, you run the risk of turning into a huge d**k.
When in public, do people expect you to be funny all the time?
No. And I hope you haven’t expected that either, because I clearly have not made this a very amusing interview. I can only imagine what people will think when they read this: ‘Woooow, that guy is dull. He must’ve been a gem to hang out with.’ Well, frankly, I’m just not that funny. I don’t have much to say, and what I do say is ineloquent.
Is there any career that you envy or would like to emulate?
I certainly admire a lot of people’s careers. I love guys like Steve Martin and Alan Arkin, but I’d never compare my career with theirs. I can’t even talk about myself and Alan in the same sentence without feeling kind of foolish. Using their careers as templates for my own seems pointless. I’m still surprised any of this happened to me.