Director Kirk Jones took on a major cast and a big responsibility with What to Expect When You're Expecting. When we spoke with him at a recent press day for the film, he told us he wanted the movie to reflect the sometimes "hilarious" and sometimes "traumatic" experience of pregnancy, and not only for women — for men, too. With a cast led by superstars including Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz, Kirk also told us he originally "underestimated" how personal the film was to many of the actors, and revealed one of Jennifer's biggest challenges when it came to taking on her role. Check out our interview, catch What to Expect When You're Expecting in theaters tomorrow, and don't forget to watch our latest I'm a Huge Fan episodes featuring J Lo herself!
Chances are you probably have a dog-eared copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting laying around your house. The "pregnancy bible" has been the first stop for information for expectant mamas since 1985, and while the nonfiction book has undergone four significant updates since its debut, few readers probably foresaw it being turned into a movie — unless it was a film being shown in childbirth classes. But under the direction of Kirk Jones, himself a father of three boys between the ages of five and 21, the book makes the feature film transition, telling five interconnected story lines about couples trying to start their families. With stars like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, and Brooklyn Decker all part of the ensemble, the movie is getting significant buzz prior to its May 18 opening. I sat down with the director to discuss his interest in the project, and what it was like directing so many stars who aren't parents themselves.
LilSugar: What attracted you to a movie about pregnancy and babies?
Kirk Jones: For 27 months of my life I've been attached to my wife who was pregnant. One of the things that attracted me to the movie was explaining what that journey is like for guys as well as girls. Understandably, over the years women have been the focus of pregnancy subjects in movies because they're the ones physically going through the changes and all that. Some of the language and comedy in the park with the dudes was raw and fresh.
LS: Did What to Expect When You're Expecting impact you at all when you were expecting your first child?
KJ: When you have that first one, everything is so scary! If you bought a refrigerator from a store, you get more instructions on how to work it than you do a baby when you come out of hospital. Its like bye-bye; good luck!
LS: Did you bring any of your personal experience with your wife's three pregnancies into the film?
KJ: I did. Unfortunately, it was the slightly more tragic one. As is really common, my wife and I, as have a number of our friends, experienced a miscarriage. So when I first saw the script I don't think that story was in [it]. So one of the contributions I made was asking if that story could be included, because I thought if we're presenting pregnancy, we should present the whole story and not just sweet, happy bits. And then just being on set, because I've been there and I just remember the funny little things that happen. Having been through it, I felt kind of qualified to add things here and there.
The cast of Everybody's Fine hit the red carpet in NYC last night for a special East Coast screening after one last month in LA. Drew Barrymore went with a bright sequined number, while Kate Beckinsale posed for photos with her decked out daughter Lily Sheen. Robert De Niro brought along his wife Grace, while the other male star of the film, Sam Rockwell, smiled alongside their director Kirk Jones. Peter Facinelli, fresh from his recent Sirius interview, turned out to chat about his family Christmas plans.
Justin Long showed up to support Drew at the afterparty, though it looks like he spent lots of his time chuckling with Sam. The movie itself looks like it will contain a few laughs, judging by an early preview, as one of the many can't-miss movies hitting the big screen this month.
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