‘The Internship’ Director Shawn Levy Talks When to Say Cut, Why He Doesn’t Relish Sleep & Rolling with the Big Cat
Shawn Levy on the set of 20th Century Fox's 'The Internship'
Yet even with all that going on, and though he was in the middle of shooting a movie, Levy still found plenty of time to hang out when we visited the set of "The Internship" last year. The comedy tells the story of two out-of-work, middle-age salesman -- Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson -- who land internships at Google and have to compete with other interns to get hired.
On a normal set visit, you're lucky to get 15 minutes with the director. But on this particular occasion, Yahoo! Movies and Collider were able to sit down with the "Real Steel" and "Night at the Museum" director for the better part of an hour. And every time we thought we were done, he'd come back and tell us more.
The following snippets are some of the highlights from a day full of highlights.
(Additionally, we sat down to lunch with Levy and the film's two stars, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. That discussion can be found here.)
On getting the studio green light:
Shawn Levy: This one was pretty easy. No studio green light is totally easy, but this one lined up pretty easy and pretty quick. It was easy for a few reasons. One, it was the first re-teaming of Owen and Vince in what, eight years? That’s something audiences have wanted to see for a long time, and every studio has tried to replicate. So the fact that this was baked into the DNA of this, that was a big appeal. I think the idea of this two-generation comedy is a very timely idea. I think that, if you open any newspaper, plug into any cultural dialogue – the idea of where are the opportunities now and what is the state of our economy and what is the hope on the horizon – it’s very much in the conversation. The movie is about that, and it’s centered around the workplace of one of the world’s biggest companies. So that seemed like a big idea to the studio, and also they have a certain modicum of faith in me, so the fact that it was me, Vince and Owen coming as a package together with this big idea – Vince and Owen as interns at Google – it’s clean, it’s strong, it’s timely, and it was a pretty quick yes.
On how Levy hopes the film will be marketed:
SL: I think that the reunion of Owen and Vince is a big part of it, but it’s not the whole story. I’m going to be insistent as people get exposed to aspects of the movie that we show this generational story, that this is much about 20-year-old as it is about late thirtysomethings, that is critical and a big part of the movie and what I hope will be the messaging of the movie, because it’s very much about those 20-year-old’s perspective on the world as much as it is about Vince and Owen’s perspective of the world. I just think that that aspirational quality in addition to the hard funny, that’s part of what we’re making and I hope it’s part of what we’ll be selling.
Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson in 20th Century Fox's 'The Internship'
On the multi-generational quality of the film: