Todd Phillips, director of the new film 'Due Date,' told Cinematical that one of the reasons he took on the comedy was because he wanted to create some space between his 2009 blockbuster, 'The Hangover,' and its forthcoming sequel. "Well, there was a bunch of things, one being that I didn't necessarily want to do 'Hangover' and 'Hangover 2' back to back," Phillips said in an interview Monday afternoon in Los Angeles. "There was a lot of reasons, but obviously I love to do it, love to direct movies, and it was something we could get going quickly and get Robert [Downey Jr.]. And I was like, you know what? I'm just going to do this in between, so let's make it happen."
Cinematical spoke to Phillips at the press day for 'Due Date.' Look for more from Phillips in the weeks to come about that film, but in the meantime check out a few of the filmmaker's comments about 'The Hangover 2,' which is currently in production.
Was 'Due Date' an opportunity for you to sort of recharge your batteries in between 'Hangover' and 'The Hangover 2'?
Todd Phillips: Yeah, probably, but also I think when 'The Hangover' became a massive hit, some people become gun shy after a massive hit and start overthinking what they're going to do next, because it has to be held up in the same comparison. I really feel like for me it was the opposite – just jump back into it. I like making movies, I like writing movies and directing movies, and let's just jump into something and not necessarily have to hold it up to 'The Hangover.'
In that case, did you feel pressure when you did go back to 'The Hangover 2'?
No, because quite honestly we're on Day 18 of shooting and we are making an epic comedy. I say that with all confidence and we are making a really worthy follow-up to 'The Hangover.' So that pressure, if it was there, has been alleviated just by having all of those guys back in a room every day and just working out scenes and laughing everyday. So I'm really excited about it.
Obviously last week there was a lot of discussion in the press about who is or might or won't be in the movie as its cameo. When that news gets out, how does that affect the morale or atmosphere on set?
It really doesn't, and it's just the culture. It's thanks to sites like Cinematical and all of the other movie sites picking things apart and being under a microscope. On 'The Hangover,' we flew so under the radar that if something like that had happened, nobody would know about it. But because it's 'The Hangover 2,' that's the price you pay. But no, it doesn't affect morale on the set in any way; in fact, it's quite the opposite, because it's about morale that certain decisions get made. It's about saying, hey, we're a team on this - we're all together on this.