Originally written for The Occidental.
Home Fries, a delightfully off-kilter romantic comedy, opens Thanksgiving weekend. See what some of the stars have to say about the film and themselves…
Drew Barrymore, who takes on the lead role of Sally in Home Fries, is remembered for everything from her role in E.T. to her turbulent adolescence. Barrymore said she is drawn to people like Sally in real life, because “she’s so optimistic, and I just love that. It’s so refreshing…” But playing a character who is eight months pregnant wasn’t easy. Not only did she have to constantly remember to use the right body language (“The thing I did every day and never forgot to do was to constantly stick my butt out and walk with my legs apart.”) but she also had to wear a particularly uncomfortable strap-on belly. Still, she said she always remembered, “when you’re really pregnant, you don’t get to take that off at night. As uncomfortable as it was, I knew I had it good.”
In one of those odd cases of art meeting life, Barrymore became romantically involved with Luke Wilson, who plays her romantic interest in Home Fries, shortly before the film went into production. When asked about working with her boyfriend, she said, “it was great! Although, on the set we’re total professionals. I don’t even think you’d know we were boyfriend-girlfriend. Because we’re there to do a job, we’re basically employees, and happy to be doing … You want to do a good job, and that’s the first priority, not your relationship.”
Barrymore said she likes acting in part because it gives her a break from her constant awareness of the environment and others. “You get to go into a film and wear leather and murder people, it’s really interesting, it’s such a break from the norm. It’s fun that I get to go and express myself in those different ways, which I think gives me all the more energy to take those breaks… I feel like my greatest days or the days when I’m happiest in life is when I’m doing philanthropic work.”
With Telling Lies in America and Bottle Rocket under his belt, Luke Wilson plays the hero of Home Fries, Dorian Montier. He sums his character up easily, “I definitely think of Dorian as one of those characters that’s kind of a reactor, he’s not exactly driving the action, he’s an ordinary guy that gets put in these extraordinary circumstances.”
When asked about his relationship with Drew Barrymore, he said their relationship wasn’t a problem on the set: “as long as you’re getting along, it’s nice to work with someone you know well.”
One particularly memorable scene in the film includes Dorian dressed up in the mascot of the burger joint he works at — a giant robot named “Buzz.” Wilson said, “putting on the Buzz Burgermatic (costume) was one of those things where I read it in the script, and I thought,