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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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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…