Kevin Kline Returns to the Spotlight With New Old Friends in ‘Last Vegas’
Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in 'Last Vegas' (Photo: CBS Films)
Kevin Kline is a rarity. He's one of those unique actors who is just as adept at heartbreaking dramatic work — like his screen debut in 1982's "Sophie's Choice"— as he is in gut-busting comedies (his Oscar-winning role in 1988's "A Fish Called Wanda" comes to mind). But in the last decade or so, he's also been a different sort of rarity. That is to say, he just hasn't been that visible in high-profile movies. So where has he been?
In the years since 1999's disastrous "Wild Wild West," Kline has divided his time between leading roles in well-regarded but little-seen indies like "Darling Companion" and "The Extra Man" and smaller parts in Hollywood comedies like the first "Pink Panther" remake with Steve Martin. But this fall he'll be back in a big way as one of the leads in "Last Vegas," a comedy about four old friends who head to Sin City for a bachelor party after one pal finally decides to settle down with a woman half his age.Watch the exclusive new trailer premiere for 'Last Vegas':
What brought him back to the spotlight? In a phone conversation with him from New York, Kevin Kline said the big draw was acting with three acting titans that play his best friends in the film: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Morgan Freeman. Kline said, "None of us had ever worked with any of the others. None of us had worked together." Kline said he new the other Oscar-winning stars socially, and while he doesn't consciously have a list of people he hopes to work with, he conceded, "Had I made a list they would have all been on it. They were all actors whose work I had admired greatly over the years."
Kevin Kline and wife Phoebe Cates (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Of course, he was still working with some of the most seasoned and highly esteemed actors in movie history. "No rehearsal. We just jumped in," Kline said. "That's part of the fun. The way a particular actor works, and the way you work. It just feels fresh because its someone new." He said that while each of them had very different acting styles, they did find common ground, particularly when it came to straying from the script: "Some actors like to improvise more than others. Some don't like it at all. We all liked it enough. No one said, 'Hey, will you just say the line as written!'"