‘The Bachelorette’ trumps ‘Hangover’ for party antics
BY BRYAN ALEXANDER September 7, 2012 6:02PM
"Bachelorette" New York Premiere
Updated: October 9, 2012 2:48PM
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — For the stars of the outrageous new comedy “Bachelorette,” even talking about the film requires a party soundtrack.
“No interview would be complete without this,” says Isla Fisher, holding up one hand for attention as her other unleashes Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” from her iPhone.
The song propels her and co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan into a wild, arm-swinging dance in their chairs poolside at the normally subdued Four Seasons hotel. All three belt out, “This is crazy, but here’s my number.”
“Bachelorette,” which opened Friday, is the story of three friends whose pre-wedding party goes off the rails thanks to drugs, alcohol and one terribly ripped bridal dress. But the stars don’t need much more than sleep deprivation (due to a heavy promotional schedule) and a steady supply of ice coffees to get the party started in real life.
Of course, the ability to appear intoxicated was essential for the film, which manages to out-party “The Hangover.”
“It’s called ‘dracting,’” says Caplan solemnly as Dunst and Fisher nod their heads at the term for drunken acting.
“This is where we’d like to give credit to Kirsten Dunst,” says Fisher.
“Kirsten is the queen of dracting,” adds Caplan.
Fisher even gives a demonstration of the master dracting technique Dunst taught her fellow thespians — standing up from her chair and dramatically spinning three times. When she stops, Fisher is suddenly unsteady, made all the worse by her four-inch heels.
“That’s it,” says Dunst proudly, “You just feel it.”
For Dunst, the role of the trio’s “Mean Girls”-esque leader could not be further from her somber role in 2011’s “Melancholia.”
“I definitely didn’t want to go into a drama after that,” she says. “You want to have fun. I needed this in my life and I found it.”
The R-rated“Bachelorette,” which features her in a sex scene with James Marsden against a refrigerator, did have a downside — she’s banning her father Klaus from seeing her performance.
“He will just not like it and just not get it,” says Dunst. “Papa Klaus doesn’t need to see this movie.”
Caplan had the same issue with her father, whom she refused to invite to the film’s premiere. He was able to view it privately, however.
“It’s weird for a dad to see his daughter doing and saying all of those things,” says Caplan. “He’s very proud. But some of the subject matter is a little rough.”
But Fisher was thrilled to have her parents and husband Sacha Baron Cohen see her character drink, smoke and snort everything she can get her hands on.
“They’ll love it,” she says. “I’m a mother of two. This is such a contrast to my life. If I go to dinner, I might have a nice glass of rose.”
Fisher reveled in playing a character who makes zero apologies for her bad behavior.
“There is no redemption in this movie, no huge moment of learning. We don’t have it,” says Fisher. “You know we’re just going to be doing the same thing the next night.”
The three actresses vow to do the same as Fisher hits another blast of her favorite Carly Rae Jepsen song on the iPhone. Instantly, the dance starts up again.
“We’re going to make that sequel tonight,” says Fisher, as Dunst begins chanting “Sequel! Sequel!”
Vows Caplan: “This is going to be a trilogy.”
Gannett News Service