A Minute With: Jason Sudeikis getting a "Hall Pass"

Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:21pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jason Sudeikis is best known for making audiences laugh on the TV sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" with his overzealous, track suit wearing dancer and his impersonation of U.S. vice president Joe Biden, among many characters.

This Friday, the 35-year-old stars in new film comedy "Hall Pass," playing one of two married men, Fred and Rick (played by Owen Wilson) whose wives grant them a week off from marriage to do whatever they want. However, the men quickly discover the single life is not exactly how they envisioned it. Sudeikis sat down with Reuters to talk about the movie and his career.

Q: Fred and Rick love their wives, but relish having this 'hall pass.' What's your take on marriage and relationships?

A: "I believe in marriage, having been married (to '30 Rock' writer/producer Kay Cannon). We were together nine years, married for four and then separated in 2008. The divorce was finalized during the shooting of this movie."

Q: How did that affect your work on the film?

A: "Understanding the power and commitment and the peaks and valleys of marriage absolutely informed the choices I made with my character. Especially emotionally toward the end where he potentially loses his wife. But Fred's story is completely different from my personal situation. There's more differences than similarities."

Q: "Do you feel a bit of an expert given that your personal life and the movie's themes sort of converged?

A: "I have to accept the fact I'll never know it all. But I wouldn't be where I am today without that relationship. Each experience I go through -- marriage, my public life, my personal life -- I'm learning as I go."   Continued...