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My Super Best Friend

Published July 18, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox.
My Super Ex-Girlfriend Luke and Rainn Wilson in My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Every romantic comedy has a funny best friend who has all the best lines. Why should a superhero romance be any different? Rainn Wilson plays Vaughn, the horndog who gives mild mannered Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) terrible advice about dating a superheroine.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend Advice

“I was just given a lot of the smartest lines I think,” Wilson said. “I think Don Payne, a somewhat nerdy, offbeat writer wrote a great part for a somewhat offbeat, nerdy actor with just a lot of terrific smart kind of wicked dialogue. It was really a joy to play. And a joy to improvise off of.”

The two unrelated Wilsons found a strong groove through which to create a natural buddy dynamic. “Ivan [Reitman] really wanted and encouraged us to go off script and bring our own voice to it. As soon as we had an alternate take, we could be like, ‘Hey Ivan, I’ve got an idea.’ And he’d be like, ‘Don’t tell me, don’t tell me, just do it. Roll cameras.’ So we’d come up with a lot of funny stuff on our own which is the way I really love working the most, from The Office and I love improvising.”

Sometimes it worked too well and they got into trouble. “Luke and I would crack up a lot. We really, as different as we are as people, we share a very similar sensibility and what’s funny to us, we share what’s funny. So when we go into some comic territory, we’d often find ourselves cracking up. More than several times we got a severe scolding by Ivan Reitman which believe me is not something you want to have happen.”

Though Vaughn tells Matt to keep it physical, and one time only, the real Rainn Wilson has much better advice for his friends. “I’m totally the opposite of Vaughn. Vaughn I think gives the world’s worst advice about all things having to do with sex, love and women. I actually think I give really good advice. I’ve been married for 11 years and I’ve got a lot of single friends in New York who haven’t quite grown up yet even though they’re in their late ‘30s. They just can’t commit and they just can’t find the right woman. I’m always the one kind of guiding them towards maybe settling down and finding a nice girl and maybe abandoning the high paced scene of the New York dating world and settling down in the suburbs type of thing.”

If one must end a relationship, Rainn Wilson would know the most harmless way to do so: Tell her you’re gay. “Like if she happens to run into you with another woman six months later, you can just tell her, ‘I’m not. Guess what? I’m not gay.’ So that’s always a good one because you don’t have to make it about her at all. It’s totally about you. Other than that, it’s just the old standbys. I need some space. I need some time. I need to find myself. It’s not you, it’s me. Always start with it’s not you, it’s me and then go from there.”

My Super Ex-Girlfriend opens to theatres on July 21st.

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