Video:Death at a Funeral-Zoe Saldana, Regina Hall, Peter Dinklagewith Rebecca Murray
Zoe Saldana, Peter Dinklage and Regina Hall were among the many stars of 'Death at a Funeral' to hit the red carpet for the world premiere of the Screen Gems comedy. Check out what they had to say about life on the set.See Transcript
Transcript:Death at a Funeral-Zoe Saldana, Regina Hall, Peter DinklageRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Screen Gems' Death at a Funeral.
Zoe Saldana – 'Elaine' in Death at a FuneralWho cracked you up the most and how do you keep it together when you're on a set like this?
Zoe Saldana: "I mean, I had to take care of Jimmy [Marsden] for two months. He was tripping on acid in the movie - his character was – so if there was one that cracked me up the most, because I worked with him closely, was definitely Jim. I think he's just so multi-dimensional and so versatile, and absolutely talented and amazing. And then it was Tracy Morgan in the make-up trailer."
Zoe Saldana: "Just his stories. His common runs for coffee, like him running to get coffee was hysterical. That's how funny he is that even when he's not trying to be funny, you're in hysterics. And he just looks at you like you have four eyes. Like, 'That wasn't even…I haven't even started. It's only 7, honey!' But it was great."
Peter Dinklage – 'Frank' in Death at a FuneralI was a big fan of the original film and so when I heard they were remaking it, I wasn't sure.
Peter Dinklage: "Neither was I."
How did they get it right?
Peter Dinklage: "Well I heard Chris Rock was doing it and that's sort of a no-brainer. I've always been a huge fan of us. If he was involved, I knew it was in good hands. Heck, it's a gig. I was excited to do it again."
And the other thing is that Neil LaBute is directing it, and Neil's not known for this type of comedy. How does he handle this?
Peter Dinklage: "He's great. I think the best directors explore different genres. I think that proves he's really smart at what he does. Don't repeat yourself…only I repeat myself."
How do you keep it fresh?
Peter Dinklage: "I try not to repeat myself. This is a different take on the same story, because I would bore myself. I don't want to bore myself. I mean, it's subtle differences but I tried to make it different."
Do you think this one is going to catch on? The first one is so good and no one went and saw it.
Peter Dinklage: "At least not in this country, which is a big shame. I think with the more recognizable cast in this country, I think this one's going to be a big hit. I hope so."
In the movie are you ad-libbing a lot or are you going by the script?
Peter Dinklage: "Sometimes, but the script is so solid that you really don't need to. I mean these guys are better at it than I am – the comedians."
But you're comfortable with it, right?
Peter Dinklage: "Yeah, sure. But writers are better at it than us actors."
Regina Hall – 'Michelle' in Death at a FuneralThis is such a hilarious cast. Who cracked you up the most and how do you keep yourself under control?
Regina Hall: "You know, privately Chris [Rock] always cracked me up because I would sit and talk to him and he would… There's some things that he said that I would go home and have to say to my friends, 'Chris is out of his mind.'"
Can you give us some examples?
Regina Hall: "Nothing comes to mind just because you asked me. But he was just great. All the guys were great. They were all pretty wonderful, I have to say. And the ladies, you know what I mean? Loretta cracked me up too. It was a great time."
With all of these funny people how do you not blow takes?
Regina Hall: "I know. We just truly pretended that we were the dysfunctional family that we were in the movie, and then it was normal. But there were times when Chris gave his eulogy that I definitely blew a take."
Did these guys ever stick to the script at all?
Regina Hall: "They did. The thing is they were professional and then professional, but because they are so good at doing comedy, they would ad-lib. They would go off script and then come right back, so it was great."
Are you comfortable with that?
Regina Hall: "Yes. I've worked with a lot of comedians. I'm used to it."
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