Oh, to be a fly on a wall, or in this case, a film set where a group of friends who happen to be comedians decide to get together to make a movie.
The result of that endeavor was Grown Ups, a buddy slapstick comedy starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider and Salma Hayek. Being heavily panned by the critics made no dent in the popularity of these Hollywood funnymen — the film was a box office success with a worldwide gross of US$271,430,189 (S$342,056,324) back in 2010. Which means it’s the inevitable sequel time.
Directed by returning director Dennis Dugan, the entire gang, barring Schneider, is reunited. The antics are more or less the same, but we get the addition of a younger and leaner cast member in the shape of Twilight’s Taylor Lautner.
Q: Taylor, as the newbie, what was your experience of being with the comedians like?
Taylor Lautner: Oh boy.
Adam Sandler: You loved it, right?
Taylor: I did love it. I was very intimidated. This is a funny table. But, I mean, it’s why I wanted to do it. I mean, these guys and Salma, they’re the best at what they do and it was a huge learning experience for me. It’s an absolute blast. The set is unlike anything else I’ve ever been on. We don’t laugh this much on the Twilight sets.
Q: Taylor obviously is somebody that is known for being sexy. A lot of ladies fancy him. You guys are slightly older…
Adam: I don’t like where this is heading.
Q: Taylor, when you said that this was a great learning experience, what did you learn from them? And, guys, what did you learn from Taylor?
Taylor: It’s much more of a relaxed vibe on this set. I mean, I think just the set experience as a whole was a learning experience. And, you know, they don’t take things too seriously. They laugh, they play around, the cameras are constantly rolling, catching little things that we never would have caught on other sets. And, you know, the improv involved. I’ve never improv’d as much as this. And I got to be honest, I learned a lot from them as people; not just as actors, but, I mean, these really are fantastic people who have had great success in their careers, who are still so down-to-earth and so humble and it’s just – that’s a fantastic thing for me to see and for me to learn from..