Disclaimer: I was invited to the press junket where all travel expenses were provided by Sony/Columbia. I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.
Oh readers! Get your mind out of the gutter! I KNOW the movie is called “Sex Tape” but be sure to read if Jason and Cameron really did “reveal all” or not…they sure did fool me!
I can’t believe I was able to interview the amazing and very talented Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz during a press event for their upcoming movie “Sex Tape”. If you haven’t read my movie review yet you can read it here. (I thought it was hilarious!)
First of all I was extremely amazed on how genuine they both were. When walking in to a room with about 10 bloggers, I am sure they didn’t know what to expect. Especially since Cameron’s job in the movie is a “mommy blogger”. Interviewing them was exactly what I expected. Jason was funny and cracked little jokes and made funny facial expressions and Cameron was sweet and nice and professional. I believed that there was real chemistry between the two of them. They looked and acted like a team. (Now don’t run and tell the tabloids that.) You can tell they both worked amazing together and I believe they should do even more movies! I am not sure I ever laughed so hard during a movie AND during an interview!
QUESTION: Do you have a favorite memory or something that happened while you were filming that didn’t make it into the movie?
Jason: There was one. (To Cameron) I texted it to you the other day.
Cameron: Oh yeeaahh, that’s the funniest thing that happened the entire movie and it’s not in it. It really is.
Jason: There was one clip that we shot for our college sex montage that didn’t make it the movie that was totally spontaneous and unscripted but we were like we should get as much stuff as we can like what do we have in the room.
Jason: And it end up with ..
Cameron: Me wearing a sombrero.
Jason: Wearing a sombrero riding on my back.
Cameron: No, no, no. I was in the front but I was .. we were facing each other and I was like whipping you.
Jason: Yeah (laughs) and me screaming out, pardon my French, but “I’m not your f***ing poodle.”
Cameron: “I’m not your f***ing poodle, an-ni.” …. Everybody on the set was like literally [laughing hysterically]– if you could have seen their faces. I was laughing so hard. I had to cover my face ‘cuz he got really into it, like upset, like he was crying almost. He was hurt and pained.
Jason: Well, you were whipping me.
Cameron: I wasn’t really, ah, really, whipping you just spiking you. And, everybody on the outside of the set that couldn’t be on the set were dying laughing. It was so funny because they were like “What the hell is going on in there?” plus you get like sides for the day and that was not on it. It was really funny.
Jason: It was a good time.
QUESTION: What was it like working with the three child actors? Jake was able to tell us that they were pretty fantastic. What was that like for you?
Cameron: There was three? Oh, yeah, Oh God, Harrison. It just that he’s not like a kid.
Jason: Oh yeah, he’s doesn’t feel like a kid at all. Noooo. He’s like a James Bond villian.
Cameron: He’s intense. He’ s fantastic. That kid blew us away. It was not normal.
Jason: He’s, you know, he’s really talented and like when I met him, I was like “hey, man” (in high-pitched child-like voice) “I am sooo excited we are going to do this [movie].” And he’s like “Mr. Segel.” (in deadpan adult voice). He was like that kind of guy.
Cameron: Whoaaa. (Group Laughter) And, his ad libs were …
Cameron: Some crazy sh*t. That is not a 13 year old child. I am like, where do you know this from?
Jason: It was intense.
Cameron: And, then, Gisele and Sebastian were…
Jason: They were the best.
Cameron: unbelievable. They were such good little souls and their parents were so sweet. You never know what you are getting with kids who act. You don’t know why, if they want to be there or if it’s just the parents, you know, or if they love it.
Jason: Or, if they are that other type of [child actor]
(Both Jason & Cameron mime performance actors overacting with uber -smile and hands in air followed by group laughter).
QUESTION: Is this from your own childhood, you are telling this?…
Jason: No, thank God. I was not like that at all.
QUESTION: Speaking of this whole village, what do your friends and family think of this movie?
Cameron: I don’t know. None of them have seen it really.
Jason: Mine will see it tonight at the premiere but they read everything I do now ever since I surprised them with my penis in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. They are prepared and excited.
Cameron: And, I think that our friends who have children can really probably relate to it a lot – that’s why we made the movie.
COMMENT from group: It’s Relatable.
Cameron: That’s what this movie is really about. The sex tape – you guys have seen it. It’s 4 minutes of the movie. The real thing is about these people who really love each other. They know that they’ve married the right person. They are not having a hard time in their relationship. They are just having a hard time having this part of their relationship be a priority and it’s the night that they decide to make it a priority to communicate that one another and they do something that kinda feels authentic to them in the fun department- “let’s try to get that spark back” and because of technology the shit goes array.
Jason: I’ve always said, not always said… over the past couple of days, that one of the things that would be really cool, that for married couples who have been together for a long time – I think, from my experience, there are a lot of couples who are both sitting feeling separately like they both wish they were having more sex and neither of them are having the discussion.
COMMENT from the group: I went straight to Amazon and bought the book, are you kidding?
Jason: You did?
COMMENT from the group: So, are you getting residuals on the sales of the Joy of Sex book now?
Jason: So I hope when people see the movie, on the car ride home, there’s an interesting phenomenon where they laugh a little bit about how great a movie it was and the adventure of it all and there’s a little bit of silence and this real discussion begins about how we haven’t been having as much sex as we like. And, as I was just saying that just now, I pictured my parents seeing the movie [tonight]…
QUESTION (ME): What was your favorite scene to act out?
Jason: We have a scene at the end we are trying not to give away with one of our special guest costars, but that was really exciting. We finally make our way to where we think the ..
COMMENTS from the group: We’ve seen the movie.
Jason: Oh, you have…
Cameron: We don’t want to reveal our special guest.
Jason: It was really exciting to shoot with Jack because we’ve known each other for a really long time. I don’t know if I can reveal that actually in print yet.
COMMENT from group: Oh, no, we’ve been embargoed too.
COMMENT from Group: Until sometime next week.
Jason: How, Official. Embargo, hey? We had a great time every single day but we shot together, we were in almost every scene together for most of it.
Cameron: Except for when you are with the dog.
Jason: And, you were with Rob Lowe who we call the “Dawg.” But, it was really neat to have Jack show up and come in and he was just so on it and so funny. It was so inspiring.
Cameron: Like, (head snap, finger snap).That was my Jack impression.
Jason: And, all the lines about Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper were fun.
Cameron: Oh my God, amazing. They are so funny. They made us laugh so hard. Practically everything they said was ad libbed.
QUESTION: I just wanted to know, what is it like to work with someone you’ve seen naked?
Cameron: We weren’t naked.
Jason: Yeah, we weren’t really naked unfortunately. We had modestly patches. It was more like going to the beach.
QUESTION: What is that?
Jason: It’s like a flesh colored bikini from Cameron’s side. For me, it looks like Snuffalufigus.
Cameron: Because you know, we weren’t making an actual p****graphy tape, you know what I mean. I mean, we weren’t having sex and you know. It was movie magic. So, there a lot of angles that we took the time to make sure that there are arms in places so you couldn’t see the modesty garments, you know, that kind of stuff so … For me and Jason to be walking around naked, it’s not really a professional situation.
Jason: It’s more like a locker room vibe. It was sorta like a couple of comedians high-fiving.
Cameron: It was silly, ridiculous. We are like, this is our job. We get paid for this. This situation right here is happening because it is our job. You’ve got to admit, there’s a completely different mindset, you know what I mean and it’s not like you are like, “Hey Jas, I have an idea, you want to come over and film a sex tape.” Then, we might be naked but since it was our job it is not [like that] though.
QUESTION: What do you think of Mommy Blogging as a form of entertainment? Now you see, in this movie, you are acting what we do as a job, so what do you think?
Cameron: It’s great. It’s a brave thing to do. You are putting a part of yourself out there into the world. As Annie, my character, sees that the content of her experience and life is being bartered. You know, she’s bartering it, she’s trying to make money off it at the same time, which I think is you know .. She’s trying to see how much of it she can give of herself – to be authentic to herself – so, not be too risqué. There are questions about how much you give when you are giving of yourself and you also want to inform people; you want people to relate to you because you want to feel that there are bloggers that understand you because it’s a tough thing to do being human and being a mother and a wife and having these responsibilities and so I think that, you know, it’s definitely one of those things that I say is brave to do but it is also a choice. It is also a decision and it’s elective and it’s a new world. We don’t know what comes of it. We don’t know how it affects us, positive and negatively. You guys are sorta in the forefront of those things. You are on the cutting edge, at the beginning of this idea of the Internet and blogging and what that means to our society and to the generation and to the children that you are revealing about their lives to people. You are not just sharing your life, you are sharing your [family’s life]. That’s what happens with Annie. She’s revealing things about her husband that maybe he doesn’t want revealed and she’s talking about her children that don’t have a choice – all their little bits and pieces about their lives being revealed, you know. I think it’s an interesting study in sociology and you guys are doing it.
QUESTION: One more question about the script, I know that you wrote a lot of the script and on the last couple of movies you’ve done, are you thinking about going into just doing your own screenplays?
Jason: I am writing a couple of things now. What happens for me writing-wise, this is the first thing I’ve written that wasn’t an original idea. It came from Kate Angelo’s brilliant script. But, what happens, to me kinda, is I am like in the shower and I have like this idea of a premise you know and then, I am finally like .. Fuck, that’s a good idea. And, I am kinda bummed about it, cuz writing is so much work and I am going to be stuck with it for four years when the movie is done. So, for me, it really comes down to thinking of something I cannot get out of my mind, to the point that it is bothering me because I know going in that it is something I am committed to for a really long time unlike acting where you get a script and you sign on and you do your prep and you do it and say goodbye. You write for a really long time and you battle through the periods of being bored by your own idea because you’ve been writing it for a year and a half. You just want a break from it and you hate it. You think it’s so dumb. You’ve probably thought of a new idea that you think is so much better than that idea. So, it takes some discipline but I really love it. There’s a real like nothing I’ve ever experienced, there’s a really cool alchemy to thinking about an idea in the shower and then, a few years later, sitting in a movie theater and seeing it. It’s one of the coolest feelings I have ever had ever.
QUESTION: Cameron, you are a role model for so many women and you have had such a thriving career since the Mask. What do you do when you experience personal or professional failure?
Cameron: I don’t think that anything is a failure. You know, I think life is a bunch of lessons and the failure is not taking the lesson and utilizing it and trying to make a better choice next time and growing and using all of your experience but I don’t think of anything as a failure. I think of life as a blessing and you know, really an opportunity for just to keep growing and doing better as much as you can and you don’t always, sometimes you fall. You trip on the same crack that you know is there but hopefully the third fourth fifth time, eventually you step over it. I don’t think of anything as a failure.
Check out this movie in theaters on July 18th! It is the perfect Date Night and a GREAT Girls Night Out movie!