Were there any moments in «Shotgun Wedding» that were improvised by any of you?
I think so, but it’s always hard to look back and actually remember what was in the script and what wasn’t.
This is a small one, but it’s one of the ones that the cast loves the most. There’s a part where the family is sort of pleading with the pirates. They’re saying, «Here’s why I’m special» and «Here’s why you shouldn’t kill me.»
And Steve Coulter — he’s one of the funniest people on the face of the Earth. Everybody had their thing. «I’m a mother,» and «I’m a this,» and «I’m a that,» and «Here’s why you shouldn’t kill me.» And Steve just said, «I’m Larry Fowler,» and then nothing was after that. That’s all Steve, and that’s a perfect encapsulation of his humor. It’s very dry, and you have to be with him and go, «Oh, yeah. He’s done. Okay. No, that’s really funny.»
He and Jennifer Coolidge have some of the world’s best chemistry. We all wrote a second movie, basically, [called] «The Fowlers,» about the two of them. [Laughs] We’re ready to go back to the Dominican. We’ll all direct it. Writing credits for all of us. We’re ready to rock.
This isn’t the first wedding movie that you’ve done recently. You were also in «The People We Hate at the Wedding» last year. Do you have any real-life wedding guest disaster stories that have happened to you?
I do, actually. I went to a wedding maybe six or seven years ago in Austin, Texas, and it was this beautiful, outdoor, tented wedding with chandeliers. It was really beautiful. It was stunning.
There was a little bit of light drizzle, and then at one point during this best man’s speech, everyone got an alert on their phone. It said, «Tornado incoming,» and everybody just laughed and put it down. «Clearly, they don’t mean us.»
And then 10 minutes later, a tornado came through and lifted the tent out of the ground, and everybody ran screaming into this house that was nearby, soaked to the bone. Not an injury to be had, but I’m telling you, someone could have died. It was so traumatic.
Then once the tornado passed, which it quickly did, it was a drunken dance party for the rest of the night. We’d all been to war together. [Laughs]