Fast chat: Emily Blunt talks 'The Five-Year Engagement'
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Emily Blunt may have had a fairy-tale wedding, but Violet -- her character in "The Five-Year Engagement" -- sure doesn't.
That film, opening Friday, is a kooky cautionary tale from the creators of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Violet and Tom (Jason Segel, who co-wrote with director Nicholas Stoller) can't seem to get to the altar. Family and career issues crop up -- not to mention all decent venues are booked . . . unless they opt for Sept. 11. Hmmm, don't think so.
This not-so-standard romantic comedy is the latest for Blunt, who has a varied resumé, having starred in "The Young Victoria," "The Adjustment Bureau" and "The Devil Wears Prada" (nearly stealing the show as Meryl Streep's apoplectic assistant).
How are you holding up?
I'm all right. [She chuckles.] At the finish line.
Is there a question you're sick of being asked and would like a free pass on?
You know -- it's been varied for this movie. The question I hated was when I did "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" -- it was "How do you like your salmon cooked?" By the end, I just wanted to punch someone in the face when they asked me that.
Well, I won't ask, and we'll just leave it a mystery.
I must say, after seeing your performance here, it seems Meryl Streep has some competition.
Well, she's known for authentic accents, but we've never heard her do Cookie Monster, right? It's a funny scene, you mimicking Cookie.
That was my biggest challenge. [She laughs.] To make sure my vocal chords weren't ruined for life, with take after take. It was fun. Actually, the whole movie reeks of originality. I know, the premise and poster seem familiar -- oh, a romantic comedy. But the movie is character rich. The scenes are juicy and awkward and lifelike. The arguments are messy, the sex scenes aren't perfect -- it's just much more self-deprecating than most romantic comedies.
You're shot with an arrow, slammed by a car -- I don't recall seeing an ingenue so abused.
It's great. Usually the guy gets all the funny comedy set pieces, and the girl's standing by -- for some reason, wearing hot pants -- going , "Oh, honey, you're so weird." I'm sick of reading scripts where the woman is objectified or just a bore. Here, the female part is as active and outrageous as the guy. It was a big appeal to me that "the funny" in the movie was shared up evenly.
How's your own guy? Will you and John get a chance to relax this summer?
I don't know. I'd like to go to Europe at some point. But I don't quite know when. We usually plan things late. We're a bit last-minute.
Well, some travelers plan everything, and others just arrive and find a hotel.
I like it that way.
Can you still do that now that you're more well known?
In some countries, yeah. I like to know where I'm gonna sleep at night, but I don't plan many day trips.
There's more emphasis on it in L.A. You can feel the industry . . . screaming from every corner of the city. There's more irreverence toward it in England. And fewer producers on set. [She chuckles.] Probably a good thing, y'know?
You've got some new projects coming up, like "Arthur Newman, Golf Pro."
That's with Colin Firth. It's a strange, beautiful road-trip movie, a dark comedy about a couple of social outcasts -- and it's the most challenging role I've ever played. She's . . . complex and breathtakingly unhappy. She thinks she's going crazy -- schizophrenic, like her twin sister and mother. And Colin was a dream to work with.
"Looper" is probably the coolest movie I've ever been lucky enough to be a part of.
Yeah, it's crazy cool -- a sci-fi thriller set in the near future. The shorthand premise is that time travel has been made illegal. And the only people using it are criminal organizations. They send their victims back in time to be disposed of by these hired assassins called "loopers." Joe Gordon-Levitt plays an assassin. One day, his future self is sent back to him to be disposed of.
That's Bruce Willis.
And he lets his future self run . . . and that's where the trouble starts. It's the most thrilling, fast-paced movie.
Are you one of the henchmen?
I cannot say.
Aww, just like the salmon. You're such a mystery.
I will not say.