‘The Internship’ Set Visit: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson & Shawn Levy Go to Work
Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson in 20th Century Fox's 'The Internship'
What could be more fun than getting an internship at Google? How about filming a movie about getting an internship at Google with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson?
Late last year, Yahoo Movies (as well a limited number of other outlets) got the chance to experience how fun it is to do just that as we visited the set of director Shawn Levy's "The Internship," -- Vaughn and Wilson's first movie together since2005's blockbuster comedy "Wedding Crashers."
Vaughn and Wilson play two out of work salesmen who somehow sell their way into landing highly competitive internships at Google. Once they arrive on Google's campus, they encounter some sort of "mental Hunger Games against a bunch of genius kids for just like a handful of jobs," as the trailer professes.
Though they spent time filming at the Googleplex, Google's headquarters in Silicon Valley, Levy's crew also created a replica of the office on location in Atlanta. In between filming, ping pong, and billiards, we caught up with Vaughn, Wilson, and Levy about the comedy.
Vaughn initially wrote the script after seeing a "60 Minutes" segment about Google company culture. "I sort of thought of the concept of how, just in life right now, I felt a lot of people were losing their jobs -- things were tough. And then I saw this thing on '60 Minutes' where I saw Google. I thought this is so different from what we were raised for what a job to be. People have chefs around. They're taking naps. They're playing games in their campus. It looks like a fun college campus."
So Vaughn began writing the fish out of water tale. Along the way he realized it was the perfect chance for him to reunite with his old pal Wilson. "When Vince had this idea, it just seemed like something that would be really funny for us to work on," Wilson recalled.
L to R: Josh Brener, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Tobit Raphael, Dylan O'Brien & Tiya Sircar in 20th Century Fox's 'The Internship'
Vaughn pitched the idea to Levy ("Night at the Museum" 2006, "Real Steel" 2011) while on the set of "The Watch," which Levy helped produce. Levy bit hard on the idea, and had a fairly easy time selling it to Fox. "The fact 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. So it was a pretty quick yes."