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INT: Owen Wilson

Jul. 14, 2006by: JimmyO

Owen Wilson and the Wilson clan have become found huge success in the past few years. His work with Wes Anderson on such films as THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU and THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS and of course the indie classic BOTTLE ROCKET. He has also parlayed his comedic timing with Vince Vaughn for one of the biggest comedies in recent years with WEDDING CRASHERS.

Hes back for more with YOU, ME AND DUPREE in the touching yet slightly crude for the whole family flick from Universal. And whats not surprising is he happens to be a pretty funny guy, even without a script. But what is surprising is his very down to earth attitude. He seems like the kind of guy that is funny without trying too hard. I expected an in your face type of guy but he really is a quiet and probably pretty deep dude; who spends a whole bunch of time on his blackberry.

Owen Wilson

I was wondering what jokes you had stashed in your blackberry?

You know I get criticized for being on my blackberry, especially from my girlfriends who are like; youre more interested in that than having 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 Im just (texting) BS.

Do you have a seventy-five year plan like your character in Bottle Rocket?

Yeah, well seventy-five, well that was actually a re-shoot that we added. I remember that Wes and I had a five year plan and Jim Brooks was like, why dont you make it like a seventy-five year plan, you know, what do you get out of being subtle? And Ive always remembered Jim Brooks saying that. Because you do get more mileage, definitely more people quote that seventy-five year plan and its also my handwriting cause Im left-handed I have kind of like a chicken scrawl and Wes always thinks its funny when you see my handwriting; and I know in You, Me and Dupree when they see me writing the thank you notes people started laughing, its like, oh hes doing if for the character (making) it so bad but thats my penmanship.

Dupree is obviously a very lovable kind of character, how do you see him, was it inspired by something, your interpretation by somebody you actually know?

Part of Dupree definitely was kind of well we had this Dalmatian that we had when we were kids that my parents got us, named Nutmeg. And this dog was just insane, it like tore up everything. And my parents wanted to send it to go live on a farm, where it would have more space. And we were crying no. And finally my parents began to sort of fall in love with the dog. And Dupree has a little bit of that quality. That was the inspiration our family dog, growing up.

Do see Dupree going on with the successful, Dr. Phil style motivational speaker in the end?

Well somebody was saying that Tony Robbins used to live in his car and if Tony Robbins can do it I dont see why Dupree couldnt become sort of a force out there. Because I think his message is kind of a good one; kind of stay loose, stay liquid and laugh a lot. You know, what else is there?

Im curious about people chemistry and when it has to carry a film theres different stakes than just hanging out with your friends, or for that matter hanging out with your brothers. Im curious because Kate Hudson talked about contrasting all of you guys in the Wilson clan and she also contrasted you with Matt Dillon because you have such singular different personalities in terms of approaches as actors. So can you rap a bit about people chemistry and trying to fit in to that scenario in this movie?

Yeah, I think withand thats like chemistry, seems like every movie Im in, they talk about, you know, if your in it with another person theyre always talking about the chemistry. And it just seems to be based on if the movie does well. So you and Vince have chemistry, but you and Eddie Murphy, your chemistry wasnt so good. I mean all I know is when Eddie and I were working we had a great time together I mean we were really laughing a lot.

And for whatever reason, the movie (I Spy) didnt quite fly or connect. But I think its just enjoying the people that youre around and being able to play off them. I know with Kate (Hudson), I think the reason why, like Matt and I like her and why the crew loved her and the directors (Joe and Anthony Russo), is like Kate is really easy to get laughing and shes always kind of smiling and so you feel like wow, Im really on fire. And you realize shes like that with, you know, the prop master, the caterer, she kind of like makes everyone feel like theyre great. And it doesnt hurt that shes super pretty.

What about the chemistry with your brothers?

I think with your brothers its feeling very comfortable and not just comfortable to say youre my brother and I love you which we will never say; its feeling very comfortable to say, youre driving me crazy and say sometimes sort of mean stuff.

David Spade just did a joke about Ashley Simpson getting asked for your autograph, has that ever happened to you?

You know, that has never happened to me but I have people will call me Luke sometimes, I dont think we really look alike or maybe just being from Texas another Texas person. But that would be the main thing I hear. (People) calling me Luke.

We sure see a lot of you in this movie, are you particularly proud or an exhibitionist?

Yeah there is, I was thinking that scene where I kind of run out of the house practically naked, just kind of covered by those pillows. This might be one that my mother, I should give her a heads up on cause she might wanna go see Cars for the second time.

Is there some embarrassment?

Yeah theres a lot of embarrassment. Believe me theres other shots that they had in there that I was like, no! Yeah, people say, like, was it hard, you know

Was it hard?

Touch And was it hard not cracking up, you know the scene where I have the sock and the adult movie playing, I was like, no, it was embarrassing. But it worked for the character. You know, you got all the crew standing around and there you are simulating something probably not meant to be seen.

You have that great line that love is enough to last during all the challenges, whats your take on that?

Well thats what I think is kind of nice about Dupree, you know he definitely, kind of wears out his welcome, he doesnt have a job, he rides around on a bike but hes not like a cynical kind of jaded slacker. Hes got a Labrador type of enthusiasm and he really does want their marriage to work out.

As Dupree, you mention that Audrey Hepburn is your idea of a perfect girl. Whats your idea?

Well, my idea of the perfect girl yeah, I like that Duprees idea is Audrey Hepburn and when Kates saying she has a hard time imagining Audrey Hepburn listening to Funky Cold Medina (by Tone Loc), and Dupree says he doesnt have a hard time, he can picture it very clearly. My ideal girl obviously you have to be attracted to them and be on the same page sense of humor wise. Thats kind of the biggest things, enjoying the other persons company. Liking the stuff they have to say.

Favorite romantic film?

Favorite romantic film would be I like that movie (The) End of the Affair. I thought it was really, really good. Ralph Fiennes movie Julianne Moore. Neil Jordan movie that was great.

Obviously you are perfect for this kind of movie; audiences can instantly buy you as Dupree. Is there a part of you that would like to try the Matt Dillon character?

Yeah, well I definitely could identify with a lot of Carls feelings, you know, the lines that he says. And when I originally started working on the script with the writer, you know, hes pitching me the idea and I did think of myself as maybe playing Carl. There was a possibility at one point that I was going to play Carl and I think I could have definitely related to some of the stuff that he goes through. But I think everybody kind of youve either experienced Dupree or youve been a Dupree, in my case, both.

As a writer, what is your favorite book?

I would say that probably my favorite book is Huckleberry Finn or The Great Gatsby. I love those books. I dont know; I feel like I get a lot of ideas from those books. You know, theres stuff in like, Bottle Rocket, lifted kind of from Huckleberry Finn like the sort of whole ending where Jim is already free but Tom and Huck go through this whole sort of charade of freeing him. And you know thats kind of put into Bottle Rocket at the beginning where Im like trying to get Luke out of the mental hospital even though its a volunteer hospital. And The Great Gatsby, I just like some of the themes in that, being a little bit of a dreamer.

How do you find your ness?

Ah, I think I try to find my ness the way that Dupree does; stay loose, stay liquid and laugh a lot.

Have you every thought about playing a villain?

I think it would be fun to play I saw Robin Williams in this movie Insomnia, he was like a killer. And I was like, what is Mork doing? And, I dont know, but I would like to do that also but I wonder if people would have a problem with it. You know, Behind Enemy Lines isnt obviously a comedy. And I think hopefully comedic actors I think that I could probably pull something off like that.

You want to pursue it actively?

I would definitely like to do a movie where the burden wasnt on that you had to get big laughs, kind of like set pieces. I think it would be nice if it had funny stuff but it was more, sort of, from the characters. You know, I love that movie Sideways. That had some really funny stuff but it has a lot of emotional stuff. And I think that, Wes and I try and do that, some of the scripts that we worked on. I cant imagine ever doing a straight, serious movie that didnt have anything. Its funny because I dont think life is ever really like that, even in Raging Bull, you know, the scenes between (Robert) DeNiro and Joe Pesci, some of those are hilarious.

Didnt you play a serial killer?

Yeah, I did play a serial killer. The Minus Man, Hampton Fancher I had a great time working with Hampton . Thats like the only part that Ive ever gotten from auditioning.

Have you ever had the experience of trying to get a girl back?

Oh, yeah. Ive definitely had to try and win a girl back. You know, all of a sudden your like flowers, pretending theres nothing youd rather do on a Sunday then go antique shopping. Drive to Pasadena ; hit the flea market. Usually that relationship doesnt last; only so long that you can fake that.

Writing poems?

Probably pawned off some poems as my own, that I got from like a song lyric.

Are you and Vince in competition this summer to see which one will do the best after Wedding Crashers?

Well, its funny, we have the same agent and stuff and she was saying how Vince gets so in to stuff and yet Vince kind of has this kind of natural exuberance and now hes like I feel like hes getting ready to do press for You, Me and Dupree.

What about you and your brothers?

Yeah, I dont think weve ever like been you know, well stand out on the beach and throw rocks at a post for four hours well get in screaming matches but weve never been competitive about this stuff because I think if Luke does really well I know I can always get him to be in a movie with me so

How many bikinis did you make Kate try on and how did you decide on which one to use?

Probably about seventy-three And they were all good. Yeah, that was a fun day.

Let me know what you think. You can contact me at jimmyo@joblo.com.

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