I attended a press event for the purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago, I got to attend a press event with the stars of The Delivery Man (now open) and talk about the film, parenting and more. Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders were very open and have two big things in common, this heartwarming film and parenthood. The Delivery Man is about a man named David Wozniak who just found out his sperm fathered 533 children. While deciding whether to “out” himself as the father, he is also struggling with being a better man so that his pregnant girlfriend not only stays with him, but allows him to be part of their unborn child’s life.
“What I love about the film is that to me the movie a lot of it is about learning to accept who you are,” said Vaughn on the film and his role as David. “I think what’s great about the film is as a parent it does kind of deal with your biggest fears or hopes for kids.”
Vince, Chris and Cobie are all parents themselves and each couldn’t help but talk about their kids and family life especially because it caused them to connect with that emotion in the movie. “I’m a new father,” said Pratt, “so I know what it’s like to have–I don’t know what it’s like to have a whole troop of rug rats running around, but I know what it’s like to have one kid and I know what it’s like to miss a little sleep and feel like you’re … You know, I know what it’s like to be a dad.”
When asked about how parenthood changed them, Vaughn answered, “you definitely get a whole world opened up to yourself with kids, and I think as a parent you try to enjoy them, and be happy and have fun. And, also try to figure out what’s the best way to be a parent to them and set them up to be happy in life and pursue those things.”
“Well, I think one of the things that I have fought for a long time is that I feel that what you grow up with or how you grew up is what you think is right,” said Smulders, “and I think for a long time I was trying to recreate that, but it’s just not going to exist in my life for my child because like we have a very different lifestyle. So, I sort of combated that for awhile, and it was kind of learning just to be able to go with it, and do the best for your child in each moment instead of trying to make it something else.”
Pratt gushed about his wife and son the most saying, “I feel like just spending quiet evenings with my wife and son and sitting in bed in the morning and watching him marvel over the curtains opening or whatever little thing, that all it feels really good. And so, I’ve changed because like I’m impressed. What’s funny is the way I’ve changed is I’ve got a whole new window through which to see the world, and everything is exciting for me again. Things that I took granted are exciting for me again, the way something feels or smells or tastes or how drawers open. I’m like, “Look at that, kid. That is actually really cool.”
But on whether or not their real life experiences prepared them for the crazy journey their characters take in the film Vaughn said, “I think as an actor the best thing you have is your imagination. You’re not going to have all the experiences, but you draw on the things that you know.”
The Delivery Man is now open in theaters everywhere.