as him — I would channel my inner Chris Rock.”
Rock loved the script, but he had one concern. “I read it, and I immediately thought, ‘So is Ethan Hawke dead? What’s going on?’ And after I talked to Ethan and realized he wasn’t dead, I agreed to do the movie.”
In the sequel, Marion invites her recently widowed father — played by her real-life father, Albert — to visit her and her grandson, and he brings with him two familiar faces: sexually-competitive sister, Rose (co-writer Alexia Landeau), and deadbeat boyfriend, Manu (co-writer Alexandre Nahon). (The original also featured Delpy’s late mother, Marie Pillet, and the sequel is dedicated to her memory.) Their arrival couldn’t come at a more tense time, as Marion’s art exhibit, in which she is auctioning off her soul, is about to open. It fetches $5,000 from Vincent Gallo, playing himself. “I was thinking like who in the world would actually buy this piece of conceptual art,” said Delpy. “And I know Vincent very well, and I was like, ‘Vincent would buy it!’ And then I sent the script to Vincent and he’s like, ‘You know what, I’m the kind of person who would buy that kind of work,’ so it was perfect.”
In addition to jousting with Delpy when their relationship suffers under the strain of in-law overdose, Rock paired onscreen with an even bigger star: President Obama. In his character’s home office resides a life-size cardboard cutout of the prez and Mingus consults with him when he has no other place to turn. “I’ve actually talked to Barack,” Rock boasted, before joking, “They cut out the whole thing where me and Barack smoke a joint.”
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