After touring the festival circuit, with stops in Berlin and Tribeca, Julie Delpy's new film, 2 Days in Paris, recently opened domestically to very good critical reception -- it's currently sporting an 87% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven't seen it, it's a romantic comedy about a native Parisian played, of course, by Delpy, who brings her American boyfriend home to Paris for a visit. The boyfriend is played by journeyman actor, writer and director Adam Goldberg, who most of you probably remember most for his large role in Saving Private Ryan. In the years since then, he's appeared in movies such as Deja Vu, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and David Fincher's Zodiac, while also writing and directing a film called I Love Your Work. Cinematical recently spoke with Adam about the experience of making 2 Days in Paris, a film that's in some ways, semi-autobiographical -- he and Delpy were formerly in a relationship, and the film draws heavily from their time together.
CINEMATICAL: I was on your character's side in this film -- as a cultural outsider, it falls to Julie's character to make your character feel as comfortable as possible when he's not on his home turf.
AG: I totally agree. Even if it's not necessarily about it being a cultural difference, just the idea of, when you're on somebody's home turf, if you're gonna meet their family, obviously, then you have to make the outsider, the alien, feel as comfortable as possible. She kind of affects this sort of oblivious attitude, which I think is sort of part of her way of kind of goading him and getting attention. He's got his own ways of goading her and getting her attention, and so I think it's something that they both sort of kind of do to each other, you know, a little bit? Which tends to happen sometimes in relationships, you know, a few years down the line.
RS: Do you think those characters have the makings of a successful relationship?
AG: For entertainment value purposes. I mean, that was sort of one of the things we would talk about -- this idea of almost kind of keeping themselves amused by, maybe sort of battling wits, maybe kind of in an effort to not really deal with the more serious underlying issues of the relationship. So I think there's potential for success, but basically they're both emotionally a bit underdeveloped. [Dogs barking] Hold on one sec ... I think they both need to be in therapy. There's no mention of therapy, you know. But certainly, if they keep going the way that they're going, they're going to start aging in dog years.