Posted on Monday, April 26th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
For a few months now we’ve been telling you about Due Date, the upcoming comedy from The Hangover director Todd Phillips starring Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. The buddy-comedy story has been described as kinda Hangover meets Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The screenplay by Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland (with rewrites by Adam Sztykiel) has Galifianakis as a wannabe actor who becomes the companion to an expectant father / businessman (Downey) as they dash cross-country to (hopefully) arrive in time for the childbirth. Sounds like it has potential, but is it the second greatest movie Robert Downey Jr. has ever made? RDJ thinks so…
“I’ve seen the movie. It’s like the second greatest movie I’ve ever done – largely due to Zach Galifianakis, who is crazy good in every scene, and Todd Phillips, who is just one of the great American directors. I guarantee you’re going to love it – I went to the last screening and people were literally saying ‘Oh my god, It’s gotta stop – my face hurts!’ Downey says Galifianakis doesn’t necessarily improvise in the film he “just does what he wants- whether the scene needs it or not”. The actor said he had constantly ask his juvenile co-star, who he jokingly said acted like a children that just “did what he wants” at any time on the set, if “he needed to go to the bathroom because we’re gonna be in the car for an hour”.
Head on over to moviehole to read the whole interview. While you can’t ever consider praise about a movie from someone involved in the production as anything more than self promotion, I found Downey Jr.’s comment to be pretty interesting.