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“Starbuck” director Ken Scott talks “The Delivery Man,” working with Vince Vaughn and reinventing his film for an American audience

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Few directors get to helm the English-language remake of their own movie — and French Canadian director Ken Scott might be one of the first to do so with a comedy. (Unless you count Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” as a comedy — and that’s something you might want to talk about with your therapist). But Ken Scott, who is turning his just-released French-language “Starbuck” (starring Patrick Huard) into an English-language version called “The Delivery Man” (starring Vince Vaughn), is determined that neither film will get lost in translation.

“What I promised myself and what I expressed to everyone working on the movie is that it won’t be a simple copy of the original,” Scott told IFC. “I also didn’t want to try to be different for the sake of being different.”

In the original film (which is also getting French and Indian remakes), David Wozniack has been an incredibly frequent donor at his local sperm bank, so much so that over time, he’s fathered some 533 children, a fact which he discovers when a large segment of them (142 or so) band together because they want to meet him. (If the premise seems unbelievable, consider that similar cases have already happened and been documented in real life — check out the documentary “Donor Unknown.” As David starts to question whether he wants to know his progeny, he begins to dip into their lives, anonymously, as a guardian angel of sorts — taking on to a hospital when she overdoses, covering for another at work, cheering on another at his work, visiting a disabled youth who has been institutionalized — and learns what fatherhood really is.

The actor who plays the disabled child, Sébastien René is the only actor to graduate from the original to the English-language remake, Scott said, and it’s at the behest of producer Steven Spielberg. “Steven thought he was so great, so it’s great to have him back,” Scott said. “He’s the only actor in both movies.”

But he’s not the only one returning from the production itself. Scott kept the heads of each department, but he instructed them not to just repeat what they had done before. “When you make a movie that’s not a remake, you go through the whole process of getting there, and you’ve got to do that in the remake as well,” he explained, “so the remake feels genuine in every single way. It might feel like putting on a wet bathing suit at first, strange at the beginning, but you got to get in there and tell the story.”

Changing the setting from Quebec to New York, Scott made use of “everything New York can offer” for the remake. He placed David Wozniack and his family in Greenpoint, “because a large Polish community lives there, and it was natural to set the movie in Brooklyn.” He changed the names of some of the characters to Americanize them (Valérie to Emma, who will be played by Cobie Smulders), switched some activities in the same vein (a soccer star becomes a basketball star), and then slapped a new name on the new film. (Starbuck was a reference to a Canadian stud bull — not the coffee). “We also have Starbucks in Canada,” Scott laughed. “So it wasn’t really about that, but we just didn’t want people to be confused.”

Before he started shooting, Scott was able to test the original on the festival circuit “to see how it plays in front of an American audience,” he said. “And they totally got what the story was all about, because it’s a comedy with a big heart.” So even if Vaughn, Smulders, and co-star Chris Pratt Americanize “Starbuck,” Scott said, “The Delivery Man,” out October 4, “will keep the values of the original.” Plus, he added, “Vince has all the qualities that Patrick brought to this character. He’s a great actor, he’s quick to react, and he’s somebody people love.”

“Starbuck” expands to more theaters this weekend.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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