Julie Delpy, Chris Rock talk "2 Days in New York"

Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:41am EST
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By Christine Kearney

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Back in 2007, actress Julie Delpy brought to theaters a comical love story, "2 Days in Paris," that she also wrote and directed, starring Adam Goldberg as her on screen boyfriend in a romance set in the City of Light.

The movie earned positive reviews, and roughly five years later, she has returned with "2 Days in New York," only this time her character Marion has replaced Goldberg with a new beau, played by comedian Chris Rock. The two are living together in the Big Apple when her family, including a father who hardly showers and an oversexed sister, come to visit.

The amusing farce premiered on Wednesday at the Sundance Film Festival to a warm reception. And Delpy, who directed, co-wrote and stars in the film, sat down with Rock to talk about it, writing the role specifically for Rock and how it was better that he really didn't understand French when they were filming.

Q. Chris, why did you want to work with Julie? You can do any films you like?

Rock: "Really? Tom Cruise can do whatever he likes."

Delpy: "Not anymore."

Rock: "Maybe Shia LaBeouf can? I just liked the script and that is all I need. I don't get into, you know how people are like, 'I see myself as a brand and does this help my brand' and all that nonsense. If I am in a good movie, it will be good for me. I thought the story was really good. I thought the script was great and I trusted Julie and that was enough for me. I don't think I asked her another question. I had seen her other films. I loved her other films. You know, character stuff, not 'movie' stuff.,"

Q. Julie how did you end up casting Chris?   Continued...

<p>Cast member and director Julie Delpy arrives for the premiere of the film "2 Days in New York" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 23, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>