“I’d be a terrible secret agent in real life because I can’t keep my mouth shut,” Hamm said on the red carpet on the Fox lot. “I always want to talk to people and find out what’s going on with them.”
Isla Fisher, who portrays a prototypical suburban mom in “Joneses,” offered up a contrary view. “I would be a good spy because I really listen and I’m small so I can hide in lots of places,” she noted.
Director Greg Mottola allowed that he was comfortable with using a suburban setting, given that he grew up in a Long Island suburb.
“I have a very specific feeling about the suburbs, both good and bad,” Mottola said. “That little cul-de-sac that we found with these very large houses three inches from each other are conducive to people spying on each other. There’s no privacy but it’s the way of the world.”
Mottola also opted for a more serious tone to make the jokes more effective.
“I didn’t want [to be] machine-gunning jokes at you for 90 minutes straight, and the line of reality sort of shifts around,” he added. “I love ’80s movies like ‘Midnight Run’ where there’s a little more seriousness to the story.”
Gal Gadot, who plays Hamm’s fellow spy and spouse, recalled that the movie set off-camera was anything but serious. “I’m my own worst critic but being on the movie was so much fun,” she said. “We spent a lot of time trying to make each other laugh first.”
Despite the reverberations of Donald Trump’s lewd 2005 remarks being only a day old, the subject was not something that was front and center on the red carpet.
“I think he’s doing a very good job of saying enough things,” Hamm said. “There’s really nothing more to say at this point. Whenever you think you’ve had a bad week….”
Asked about Trump, Gadot responded “Who?” several times on the “Joneses” carpet as if to say “I’m not saying anything.”
The afterparty carried an Oktoberfest theme with beer, sausages, potato salad, sauerkraut, and strudel. “Keeping Up With the Joneses” opens on Oct. 21.
Asked about Donald Trump, Gal Gadot responded "Who?" several times on the "Joneses" carpet as in "I'm not saying" pic.twitter.com/woi8y4pjRk
— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) October 9, 2016