Filmmaker/writer Mark Adams’ “Precious Cargo” is reminiscent of those ’80s late night action films you watched on cable long ago. One of those, “so bad, it’s good” films because of its unintended humor. So, many things go wrong with this film, but for those who enjoy popcorn action films, especially bad ones, then “Precious Cargo” is for you.
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TITLE: Precious Cargo
FILM RELEASE: 2016
DURATION: 90 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:40:1), English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Subtitles: English, English SDH and Spanish
RATED: R (for Language Throughout, Some violence and Sexual Material)
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Directed by Max Adams
Written by Max Adams and Paul V. Seetachitt
Produced by Ryan Noto
Co-Producer: Elias Axume
Executive-Producer: Jack Campbell, Ron Gell, Tony Piantedosi, Steven Seagal
Cinematography by Anthony J. Rickert-Epstein
Music by Michael John Mollo
Edited by Robert A. Ferretti
Production Design: Dianne Millett
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Jack
Bruce Willis as Eddie
Claire Forlani as Karen
John Brotherton as Nicholas
Lydia Hull as Jenna
Daniel Bernardt as Smon
Ashley Kirk as Zoe
Tyler Jon Olson as Lucas
Jenna B. Kelly as Logan
Christopher Rob Bowen as Glenn
Sammi Barber as Apsara
Jean Clade Leuyer as Gustavo
Nick Loeb as Andrew Herzberg
Adrenaline-pumping chases and deadly double crosses electrify this twist-filled thriller. After a botched heist, thieves and ex-lovers Jack and Karen (Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Claire Forlani) are targeted by Eddie (Bruce Willis), a murderous crime boss. To escape with their lives, Jack and Karen must steal a cargo of precious gems. But when the job goes down, allegiances are betrayed and lines are crossed as Jack, Karen, and Eddie face off in a fateful showdown.
From writer Max Adams (“Heist”, “Extraction”) comes his directorial debut with the Lionsgate Premiere Canadian action film “Precious Cargo”.
Co-written with Paul V. Seetachitt (“Rock Jocks”, “UnderCover”), “Precious Cargo” would star Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“NYPD Blue”, “Saved by the Bell”, “Franklin & Bash”), Bruce Willis (“Die Hard” films, “The Sixth Sense”, “The Fifth Element”, “Armageddon”), Claire Forlani (“The Rock”, “Green Street Hooligans”, “Meet Joe Black”, “Mallrats”), John Brotherton (“The Conjuring”, “Furious 7”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lydia hull (“Marauders”, “Van Wilder: Party Liaison”, “Escape Plan”), Daniel Bernhardt (“The Matrix Reloaded”, “John Wick”, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “Parker”) and Jenna B. Kelly (“Extraction”).
And the film will be released on Blu-ray in July 2016.
The film begins with an introduction to Jack (portrayed by Mark-Paul Gosselaar), a criminal who has his own crew. But his crew, including the sharpshooter Logan (portrayed by Jenna B. Kelly) are concerned with his past-relationship with another criminal, a thief named Karen (portrayed by Claire Forlani).
Despite having a new girlfriend, a sweet veterinarian named Jenna (portrayed by Lydia Hull), Jack can’t get over Karen. He’s always loved her and she is a woman who never shown the same love towards him.
As for Karen, she and crime boss Eddie (portrayed by Bruce Willis) have been planning a multi-million dollar heist but something happens and she takes the money and now, Eddie wants her dead.
One afternoon, as Jack and his new girlfriend are spending a romantic moment, Karen shows up to his place and tells him that she is pregnant.
As both get into a little argument of Karen’s abrupt appearance, Eddie sends his men to Jack’s home to kill Karen.
But with the help of Jack, he is able to save her life.
Afteward, Karen asks for Jack’s help in trying to make good with Eddie by pulling off a major robbery of an armored car containing $30 million in diamonds, but in truth, the job was another being planned by Eddie and Karen found out about the plan.
Jack with the help of his sharpshooter Logan and their newly assembled team, decide to assist with Karen. For Jack, he feels that with Karen pregnant, there may be a chance that Karen will love him back, now that she is pregnant.
Will Jack be able to pull off this major heist and win Karen’s heart?
“Precious Cargo” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). The film looks vibrant in outdoor scenes and close ups are full of detail. I didn’t notice any banding or artifacts during my viewing of the film. For the most part, picture quality for the film is very good.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Precious Cargo” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. As this is an actual film, there is a lot of surround sound usage during the gun battle exchanges and also good use of LFE during the explosions. But overall, dialogue and sound effects are crystal clear.
Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.
“Precious Cargo” comes with the following special features:
- The Making of Precious Cargo – (14:37) Filmmaker Mark Adams, the producers and the cast talk about making “Precious Cargo”.
- Cast/Crew Interviews – (43:54) Interviews with the cast members: Mark Paul Gosselaar, Claire Forlani, Jenna B. Kelly, director Mark Adams, co-writer Paul V. Seetachitt and producer Scott Mann.
- Precious Cargo Trailer
“Precious Cargo” comes with a slipcover and UltraViolet Digital HD code.
A tale of three criminals. Jack, the goodhearted criminal who loves Karen. Karen, the criminal and thief who loves stealing money and jewels and Eddie, a crime boss who wants revenge for Karen stealing money and jewels from jobs they collaborated on.
I have to admit that when I saw the trailer and the promotional image for “Precious Cargo”, I would have never expected to see a film collaboration between Bruce Willis and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
Granted, Gosselaar has shed his “Saved by the Bell” past with starring roles in “NYPD Blue” and “Franklin and Bash”, but as an action role as the main protagonist against Bruce Willis, the main antagonist, needless to say, it’s an unexpected film collaboration.
The film plays out with standard banal popcorn action with unfortunate choices in writing, poor plot transitions, poor pacing, spotty acting and situations that make you want to say “are you f**#ing kidding me?”, despite the film’s problems, as a popcorn action film, in terms of 1-star films that I have reviewed, I have seen much worse.
If anything, “Precious Cargo” reminds me of 1980 indie films which I watched as young teen on HBO and Cinemax. Films that were so bad but yet you enjoyed it because they were so bad. No matter how many times Jack and his people are shot at, they managed to evade hundreds of bullets, survive after being shot and no matter how many times one is punched, blood and bad bruising never happens. That is until one is shot in the head and then we see blood.
But where I do give “Precious Cargo” credit is that Bruce Willis definitely does a good job of playing a villain (for the few minutes he does star in the film) and the action-scenes, the one chase scene in the water was cool, as well as a few of the more explosive scenes in the film as well. Enough action that worked within the confines of its budget of $10 million.
As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is vibrant, up-close details were very good. Lossless audio utilized the surround channels and LFE quite well, and you also get a few special features included as well.
Overall, filmmaker/writer Mark Adams’ “Precious Cargo” is reminiscent of those ’80s late night action films you watched on cable long ago. One of those, “so bad, it’s good” films because of its unintended humor. So, many things go wrong with this film, but for those who enjoy popcorn action films, especially bad ones, then “Precious Cargo” is for you.
For those who are looking for a legal drama series with a lot of humor and a series that is just all-out fun, “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” is recommended!
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DVD TITLE: Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season
AIRED ON: 2011
DURATION: 10 Episodes (422 Minutes)
DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1) Anamorphic Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French
COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RATED: Not Rated
RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2012
Directed by Jason Ensler, Andrew Fleming, Steve Robin
Written by Bill Chais, Kevin Falls, Bill Krebs, Kristi Korzec, Aeden Babish
Executive Producer: Jason Ensler, Bill Chais, Kevin Falls, James Tarses
Co-Executive Producer: Jack Clements
Associate Producer: Katie O’Hara, Deen Dioria
Music by John Mace, John Robert Wood, The Elements
Cinematography by Dennis Hall
Edited by Philip Carr Neel
Casting by Debi Manwiller, Ricahrd PAgano
Production Design by Kevin Constant
Art Direction by Guy H. Tuttle
Set Decoration by Chuck Potter
Costume Design by Kelli Jones
Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash
Reed Diamond as Damien Karp
Dana Davis as Carmen Phillips
Garcelle Beauvais as Hanna Linden
Kumail Nanjiani as Pindar Singh
Malcolm McDowell as Stanton Infeld
Cristina Valenciaga as Infeld Daniels Secretary
Claire Coffee as Janie Ross
Alexandra Holden as Debbie Wilcox
Rhea Seehorn as Ellen Swatello
Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer, “Robot Chicken”) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “NYPD Blue”) have a funny way of practicing the law. From making out with a plaintiff, to fist fighting on the courtroom steps, to chugging beers as evidence, these rogue lawyers will pull any wild stunts to win a client’s case. But their unorthodox methods get results. That’s why eccentric attorney Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell, “The Artist”) asks them to join his high-powered law firm. Prepare for a culture clash as Franklin & Bash teach the old legal system a few new tricks. The complete first season features guest stars Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), Beau Bridges (“The Descendants”), Harry Hamlin (“L.A. Law”), Tom Arnold (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”).
In 2011, the American drama-comedy “Franklin & Bash” aired on TNT. Created by Kevin Falls (writer for “The West Wing”, “Sports Night”, “North Shore”) and Bill Chais (“Shark”, “Family Law”, “Dirty Sexy Money”), the series would star Breckin Meyer (“Road Trip”, “Clueless”, “Rat Race”) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“NYPD Blue”, “Raising the Bar”, “Saved by the Bell”).
With the second season of “Franklin & Bash” starting in June 2012, the first season featuring ten-episodes, will be released on DVD courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Jared Franklin (as portrayed by Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash (as portrayed by Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are two attorneys, who are guys who behave like they are frat boys rather than mature attorneys. Both men love looking and talking about women and calling each other names and also making fun of people.
Jared is a self-confident lawyer who is the son of a famous trial lawyer, but refuses to work under his father and is often known for shooting his mouth or doing things without thinking. Peter is Jared’s best friend, legal partner and the mature person of the two, but still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Janie (as portrayed by Claire Coffee), who happens to be engaged to another man.
And with these two men, working for them are Carmen Phillips (as portrayed by Dana Davis), an ex-convict receiving a second chance at life. And Pindar Singh (as portrayed by Kumail Nanjiani), who is an agoraphobic and sci-fi fan that lives with both men and is often responsible for setting things up with their computers.
While both Franklin and Bash are new lawyers and are struggling to pay the bills (and have yet to pay Carmen and Pindar), good news comes their way when Stanton Infeld (as portrayed by Malcolm McDowell) of the law firm Infeld Daniels, is drawn to both Franklin and Bash’s unconventional technique in court. And offers them a position at his corporate law firm.
And sure enough, Franklin and Bash now work for Stanton. But at the new law firm, there are some attorneys who do not like Franklin and Bash. One is Stanton’s nephew Damien Karp (as portrayed by Reed Diamond), who becomes the duo’s rival. Meanwhile, Damien’s ex-girlfriend, lawyer Hanna Linden (as portrayed by Garcelle Beauvais), tries to get closer to Jared in order to get back at Damien.
The first season of “Franklin & Bash” showcases both men working at Infeld Daniels, taking on major cases for the law firm.
“Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” comes with the following episodes. Here is a spoiler-less summary of each episode featured in this set.
- EPISODE 1: Pilot – Franklin & Bash are hired by Stanton Infeld to join their corporate law firm. The duo take on the case to defend a heroic airline pilot.
- EPISODE 2: She Came Upstairs to Kill Me – Franklin & Bash take on a case to defend Isabella Kaplowitz (special guest: Natalie Zea) who is accused of using sex to kill her elderly billionaire husband.
- EPISODE 3: Jennifer of Troy – Franklin & Bash take on a lawsuit to defend Jennifer Putnam (special guest: Jillian Bell), who was fired because she was too sexy, but when the guys meet her, she is quite plain.
- EPISODE 4: Bro-Bono – Franklin and Carmen team up in a divorce case to undercut a millionaire adventurer Rick Paxton (special guest: Harry Hamlin).
- EPISODE 5: You Can’t Take It With You – Franklin & Bash take on a case for a client who owns a world series home run ball (special guest: Robert Pine) but for Jared, he must take on his superstar lawyer father Leonard Franklin (special guest: Beau Bridges). Peter and Hanna represent reality star Ronny Streppi (special guest: Tom Arnold) against producers that portrayed him as a bad father.
- EPISODE 6: Big Fish – Franklin & Bash are hired to represent a revile and terminally ill financier, Carter Lang (special guest: Jason Alexander).
- EPISODE 7: Franklin vs. Bash– Jared and Peter represent two pole-dancing sisters, Amber North (special guest: Jud Tylor) and Simon Winters (special guest: Marisa Petroro).
- EPISODE 8: The Bangover – Franklin & Bash are put on house arrest by a Judge Sturgess (special guest: Kathy Najimy). Meanwhile, an ex-con puts Carmen in danger of parole violation.
- EPISODE 9: Bachelor Party – Bash is hired to defend his ex-girlfriend Janie Ross’ fiance Nathan Conner (special guest: James Van Der Beek). Franklin defends a teacher accused of having sex with a student.
- EPISODE 10: Go Tell It On the Mountain – Stanton is being manipulated by a scheming law partner (special guest: Tricia Helfer). Franklin & Bash must prove Stanton’s innocence of a murdering his best friend 15-years ago.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
“Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” is presented in widescreen 1:78:1 and English Dolby Digital 5.1 Digital Surround. For the most part, “Franklin & Bash” is a series that has always looked good on DVD. Video quality has its vibrant moments outdoors, well-lit during indoor scenes and one of those series that I wished was released on Blu-ray.
With that being said, like most series on DVD, “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” while looking good, does tend to show some artifacting (most people will not notice) as expected on DVD especially during darker lit scenes. But for the most part, this is a good looking series on DVD.
As for the audio, presented via Dolby Digital 5.1, this legal drama/comedy series is dialogue driven but also tends to feature quite a bit of music and both dialogue and music are clear and I detected no audio problems during my view of “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season”.
Subtitles are in English, English SDH and French.
“Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” comes with the following special features:
- Franklin & Bash Behind the Scenes – (3:56) Interviews with the cast of “Franklin & Bash” who talk about the characters they portray.
- Franklin & Bash & Friendship – (1:59) What happens behind-the-scenes of the filming of “Franklin & Bash” and the bromance between Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar and how cool their chemistry is between their characters.
- Creating the Cases – (1:59) Executive Producer Kevin Falls and Bill Chais talk about the cases for the series.
- Behind the Behind – (1:12) Mark-Paul Gosselaar talks about the nude scene he done for the series and the challenge of doing the nude scene.
- Working for Franklin & Bash – (3:13) Dana Davis and Kumail Najiani talk about their characters.
- Malcom McDowell Office Tour – (1:34) A featurette featuring actor Malcom McDowell giving a tour of Stanton Infeld’s office.
- Man Cave Tour – (6:34) Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Goselaar take the audience of the tour of Franklin & Bash’s hme.
- Franlin & Bash Commercials – Featuring three commercials: Bilingual, Legalese and Hot Tub
- Gage Reel – (2:16) Outtakes from “Franklin & Bash”.
“Franklin & Bash” is a legal drama/comedy series that I really enjoyed. With what a legal comedy drama series such as “Drop Dead Diva” has done in showcasing the female perspective and the long friendship between two women, “Franklin & Bash” does for the male viewers in bringing the bromance to television by showcasing two guys who work hard, party hard and aren’t afraid to have fun outside and inside the court room.
Granted, “Fraklin & Bash” is definitely more slanted for the male viewers as both main characters are always checking out the ladies and love having fun, the chemistry between both characters work well. Almost in a frat brothers kind of way!
Also, another major plus for the series is that Malcolm McDowell plays the role of a major partner of the law firm and like Franklin & Bash, he likes to have some fun for himself as well!
And with a cast of cool supporting characters and a special guest appearing in each episode, “Franklin & Bash” turned out to be a pretty cool legal drama series with a lot of comedy and definitely not meant to be taken seriously. The writers definitely push the button on how crazy things can go. For example, in the episode “Pilot”, Franklin gets one of the witnesses to undress in court. In another episode, while trying to showcase a client that has been terminated for her beauty (when in reality, she’s just a plain woman), Bash somehow gets captivated by the young woman and starts kissing her during trial.
So, while we have seen a good number of serious drama series in the past, once in a while, it’s good to find a drama series about lawyers, that doesn’t take itself too seriously and the characters can be fun to watch!
As for the first season, the series definitely has come out strong but it will be interesting to see what direction the series will go for season 2. The fact that these guys continue to win their cases and act the way they do, there has to some conflict or some form of change that will affect or test Franklin & Bash’s friendship.
As for the DVD release, “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” only features 10 episodes and quality for video and audio are very good on DVD. You also get a few bonus features on all three discs but I’m hoping that there will be a commentary track for the next season release or even longer special features.
The first season of “Franklin & Bash” was enjoyable. Each episode was fun to watch, both Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are great and the supporting cast including Malcolm McDowell were all fun to watch. And the fact that each episode has a special guest star was also great to see.
Overall, for those who are looking for a legal drama series with a lot of humor and a series that is just all-out fun, “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” is recommended!
Media Q&A with Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (star of ABC Family’s “12 Dates of Christmas”) (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)
As part of ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas”, actress Amy Smart (“Crank”, “The Butterfly Effect”) and actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Saved by the Bell”, “NYPD Blue”) will star in the upcoming ABC Family new original movie “12 Dates of Christmas” which airs on Sunday, Dec. 11th at 8/7c.
The film follows a Kate Stanton (played by Amy Smart) who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again until she learns to open up her world to new things and stop living in the past.
To help promote the film, Amy Smart recently took part in a media Q&A to talk about her upcoming TV film, acting and what she loves to do for Christmas!
Also, participating in the media Q&A for a short time is Amy Smart’s co-star, Mark-Paul Gosselaar who answered a few questions.
Here is the transcript of the media Q&A:
Moderator What was it about the character of Kate that kind of endeared you to the project?
A. Smart I really liked Kate because first of all, she has such a three-dimensional character. She’s still hopelessly in love with her ex-boyfriend and wants him back so badly. She’s stubborn. She’s work-driven and stubborn. She just wants what she wants. She kind of has that tunnel vision and doesn’t see past that.
What I liked about this project is that I liked that Kate has to go through this transformational journey where she is pushed to her limits and has to keep reliving Christmas Eve over and over and over again until she can start to expand her horizons and see that maybe what she thinks she needs is not really what she’s going after. She’s given this chance to explore other possibilities that are better for her and her life that open her up and humble her.
Moderator Which of the Christmas Eves was your favorite to film?
A. Smart I had such a great time working with Mark-Paul. He’s a wonderful actor and we had fun ice skating and being freezing at night walking down the street, and decorating Christmas trees, and picking them out. It’s hard to say because I really liked so many different scenes. I thought it was also fun when my character kept running into her ex-boyfriend and trying to fix—in order to fix her relationship with him so she can win him over and get him in the next night.
Moderator Could you describe the movie in your own words?
A. Smart It’s about this journey of Kate Stanton who is really set in her ways and trying to make her life right and get her ex-boyfriend back. She journeys and figures out that the way her Type A personality is not actually helping her get what she truly needs in her life. Through the journey she takes, it allows her to see other people’s perspective and a window into how other people really are. It’s incredibly humbling and enlightening and fun, and a journey everyone takes where you think you know what you want and then something in your life makes you fall on your … and you can see clearer about what life is really about and what really matters.
Moderator What’s one of your favorite Christmas traditions?
A. Smart I love baking little Mexican wedding ball cookies. I love cooking during Christmas, all smells like the hot apple cider, the hot spiced wine.
Moderator In the movie, your character relives Christmas Eve until she gets it right. If you could do over any one day in your life, which day would you choose?
A. Smart Wow. That’s a good question. It’s funny, because in hindsight, we have so much fear and anxiety about our future, the next day, or what’s happening in our lives. When you have that 20/20 hindsight that everything was going to be fine, you’re going to be okay, I don’t know of one specific day, but just trusting more in life and your journey.
I know that sounds airy-fairy, but really just knowing if I could go back and know everything was going to be okay in certain circumstances; not to stress out about it. I think if anything, the best gift we can have is living in the present moment and really enjoying it for what it is; and, not being in our heads and getting sidetracked.
Moderator There are a lot of scenes that are very similar but just slightly different. How did you all keep track of all of that?
A. Smart We broke it down into 12 different sections. Where is she at this point, this point, this point? It was definitely like a puzzle because each incarnation she changes sort of like Groundhog’s Day where she’s back at square one with all this new information and these new purposes and drives. So, it was confusing, but we just broke it down into 12 dates … get through that.
Moderator Did it get complicated filming it?
A. Smart Yes, it definitely got complicated because at some points, more for continuity-wise, like figuring out okay she didn’t go there first, and then she went here. So, maybe she’s not wearing her scarf here. But, as far as trying to gauge where this character was at each point got confusing at times, but we’re able to navigate it. That was challenging, though, for sure.
Moderator Well, I love the movie and you guys did a great job with it.
A. Smart Thank you. It was the first film that I’ve ever done where I was in every single scene. I really poured my heart and soul into this film. Honestly, I loved the script. I thought all the characters were so three dimensional and they all have their own voice. I like any story that starts one place and really takes a huge journey to a whole new place; that people in their life want to take that journey. They want to be able to find things in their life that aren’t working and work through them to a new place of change.
Moderator How much of your own personality is reflected in your character of Kate?
A. Smart I think as an actor, you naturally bring a lot of yourself, as much of yourself as you can in different circumstances. So, I focus more on what the differences are because I’ll inherently bring what I can relate to more so. I feel like there are definitely parts of Kate that I completely relate to, but not necessarily the parts where she has lost her mom and she’s grieving the loss of that and trying to find someone in her life so she won’t feel alone.
But, there were definitely parallels in my life during this film because I’d gotten out of a long-term relationship and fell in love with a new man who I married. So, I could relate to her on that place of spending so much time trying to make something work that wasn’t meant to work.
Moderator As an actress, is there a particular comic inspiration for your work? Or, is there a particular actor that you draw influences from; especially in regards to taping this new Christmas classic, 12 Dates of Christmas?
A. Smart Honestly, there are so many wonderful female comediennes that I love. But, I’m not necessarily trying to copy any one. I feel like it really has to be an authentic experience yourself as an actor. So, I really find a lot of humor all over life. I love more than anything watching people be scared or trip and fall. I don’t know why, maybe it’s a bad thing. So, for me, it’s not necessarily that I’m trying to imitate or copy other amazing actors. But, I just try to have the experience myself.
Moderator Is there a particular actor/actress that really makes you laugh out loud?
A. Smart Lucille Ball, who is so incredible and so over the top, but who could just hold that stage in all these funny, ridiculous scenarios. I think she was such a great woman to really bring comedy to females to start it off. There are tons of others. I thought Bridesmaids was such a funny, female driven comedy where all the women that you truly believe; they are such good actors because you really believe that they were living this hilarious journey.
Moderator If you had to tell viewers one thing to get them to watch the film, what would it be?
A. Smart I think what’s endearing about this film is two people keep missing each other, who are meant to fall in love, but things keep going awry. It’s like this funny tale about two people wanting to connect and they always keep missing each other.
Moderator Have you ever been on a date that you wish you could relive?
A. Smart That’s funny—not really. There’s dates that I would have liked to pass on.
Moderator Did you have any issues with mixing up what you say in different scenes because they are so similar?
A. Smart Again, that got really technical because it was the director, myself and the script supervisors really making sure that we, yes it was hard because there were just so many, it was written really well. So in the story and in the dialog, it’s all mapped out. But, as far as the attitudes and where she was at emotionally at that point, it was definitely challenging, too, to switch gears so many times.
Moderator This is your first married Christmas. So, I was wondering maybe what you’re looking forward to that going to be different from previous years.
A. Smart I really feel like this year, we had a gorgeous, beautiful wedding. I’m really looking forward to just enjoying the Christmas spirit, not about being materialistic, just about the celebration of friends and family and cooking and singing and enjoying each other; just using this time to really enjoy our new marriage. That’s pretty much what I’m looking forward to.
Moderator How did you get involved with the movie.
A. Smart I actually got offered this role. I read the script and I really, really loved it and wanted to do it. Then, I was so happy that Mark-Paul signed on to do it afterwards because I think he’s so talented. Everyone’s a huge Zack Morris fan. So, that’s kind of how I got involved.
Moderator Is there something about this character that you admire or a quality that you wish you had?
A. Smart I think that because of the film, it kept opening the character Kate’s eyes to other people. She was pretty self-absorbed. Each time she opened herself up more and more to a different character in the film, and their lives, and their stories and how she could maybe make their lives better.
I admire that because I really do think that life is all about balance. You have to obviously take care of yourself. But, then it’s so important to give back and find ways of being generous and thoughtful with other people. I really liked that about her toward the end of the film.
Moderator What’s your favorite holiday film?
A. Smart I have a few that I love. I really like A Christmas Story.
M. Gosselaar (Surprise Guest Caller) -This is Miles Meyer from ABC’s Family. I have a question. Can you elaborate further on how talented and handsome your co-star, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, was?
A. Smart Mark-Paul is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He is such a generous actor, so caring. He definitely is a male. He’s not a boy. He’s a man.
M. Gosselaar Oh, really? He’s a man. Yes. Oooh, that sounds so sexy. I mean the man has the nicest butt in Hollywood. Did you ever get a look at it?
A. Smart No. I did not. I’m sorry.
M. Gosselaar Was he wearing snow pants?
A. Smart No. He wore jeans most of the time.
M. Gosselaar Does he have nice feet?
A. Smart Honestly, I did not check out his feet.
M. Gosselaar Yes, he’s got great hair, too. He’s just the perfect man.
Moderator What was it like working with James Hayman?
A. Smart He was wonderful to work with. He really has such a great sense of comedy. That helped me tremendously. I trusted him so much because what I like about this film is it is a romantic comedy. You want to laugh and you want to play and enjoy.
He just has such a great way of giving notes and expressing himself, and an eye for comedy. So, it was fun taking it to all these different levels. He helped to push me farther and farther. So, I hope I can work with him again.
Moderator Amy, I think we have a mystery guest. The previous caller was actually complimenting himself.
A. Smart Are you serious?!
Moderator Mark-Paul Gosseler has just surprised us on the line. Hello, Mark-Paul. How are you?
M. Gosselaar Hi, Amy. It’s “Miles Meyer.”
A. Smart No way! I was like who is this crazy guy who wants to be Mark-Paul?
M. Gosselaar I love how you didn’t want to take it at all. You’re like, “I have the feeling that you’re trying to get me to say really risqué stuff.” I was like, yes, I am. Oh, man.
A. Smart Oh, well, if it’s you.
M. Gosselaar What do I call this? It’s like a photo-bomb, but it’s like an interview bomb.
Moderator Mark-Paul, what was your favorite part about filming this movie?
M. Gosselaar Well, it was a pleasure working with Amy. My co-star that I’m currently working with now worked with her and always spoke very highly of her. Working with her was a pleasure. So, the reason I came on board with this film was because she was attached to it. So, for her to follow-through with all the high praise that she’s gotten from so many people that I know was something that I appreciated. Yes, I think it shows on the film, too, that we enjoyed each other. We had a great working chemistry.
Moderator What has been the best date that you’ve ever had?
M. Gosselaar I don’t know. I haven’t dated a lot. I can’t really answer that question, but I would say that the date that my fiancée went on was pretty damn good and that’s why we’re still together now. Yes. I would say the date that I had with her.
Moderator What are your favorite Christmas traditions?
M. Gosselaar Usually decorating the tree after Thanksgiving. We just did that with the kids. I love the way the house smells during the holidays. We try to light as many scented Christmas-y candles as possible, the pine cones. We’ll put on the stove cinnamon and cloves and heat those up. I like the music, too. I just like the atmosphere of Christmas.
Moderator How do you deal with a bad date? Have you ever been on a blind date and do you have any advice for people that have gone or will go on blind date or a date and how to deal with it if it turns south?
M. Gosselaar I don’t like confrontation. I’ve been on a few bad dates, but nothing horrible, but knowing there was no chemistry there. I have such a hard time letting that person know that this is not going to work, unlike your character in the movie who was very honest and said this isn’t going to happen.
I tend to just put my head into the sand and hope it goes away, which sometimes makes it even worse. It elongates the issue. But, I tend to just turn my back and hope that the scary thing goes away.
Moderator Amy, how about yourself?
A. Smart I, again, haven’t had as many dates because I’ve been in long term relationships, but I just remember this one date I went on that I had no interest. So, he was nice. But, I think it’s worth being kind to the person that you’re on a date with, but also being pretty honest so you don’t lead people on.
Moderator If you could portray any Disney character, animal or human, in an upcoming remake what character would it be?
M. Gosselaar Oh, wow. Amy, you got something off the top of your head while I think about that one?
A. Smart I’m sitting here thinking, you have The Little Mermaid.
Moderator Yes, Little Mermaid. Absolutely. You could be Ariel.
A. Smart I would be Ariel. I love her.
M. Gosselaar I’m trying to think. They’ve done The Jungle Book, right? They’ve made a remake of that.
Moderator Well, if you like Mowgli, you could definitely do that if you wanted to.
M. Gosselaar Yes. Mowgli—no, Mowgli has his shirt off. I don’t want to have to work out. Gosh. We’ll do The Little Mermaid together. You can be Ariel. I don’t even remember what her name was though.
A. Smart You could be Prince Eric.
Moderator Ariel and you could be Prince Eric. How about that?
M. Gosselaar What was it? It was Eric, really? Wow, look at that.
A. Smart I have to say I’ve thought of my favorite Christmas movie that I love to watch almost every Christmas, which is Christmas Vacation.
M. Gosselaar The best. All right, Amy. I’ve got to go.
A. Smart All right. See you next week.
Moderator Thanks for talking with us, Mark-Paul!
M. Gosselaar All right. Cool. Thanks for letting me interview bomb you.
Moderator Amy- You’ve been in so many different roles. Do you have a dream role or part that you would love to play?
A. Smart I don’t have a specific dream role that I would like to play. I just always yearn for new roles that have incredible actors and great writing that challenge me; that push me out of my comfort zone. So, for me, I really enjoy going back and forth through all the different genres from drama to horror to comedy to doing some—I always am drawn back to comedy to be honest. I love doing comedy. So, that would be probably my first thing. But, I would love nothing more than to work with the most incredible actors on some great piece of film.
Moderator Can you talk about any other projects you’re currently working on?
A. Smart I actually just finished working on a horror film that the Japanese director Takashi Shimizu directed. We did The Grudge. It was with Leslie Bibb and Ryan Kwanten and a bunch of other great actors. It all takes place in an airplane. That comes out next August, I think.
Then, I had a re-occurring on the second season of Shameless. That’s really fun to work on.
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