By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures
Patrick Dempsey knows that romantic comedy is hardly uncharted territory. He expects comparisons to every other rom-com that's come before. He just hopes Made of Honor holds up with the best of them.
Patrick Dempsey Talks Made of Honor
"Hopefully entertaining and romance, I think that’s the key," he said. "What we really talked about initially was it was important that we had a connection and that people would go on the ride with us. That’s what you want in a romantic comedy, is to have two people that you want to see together and how do they overcome the obstacles that are in the way for that to happen."
Made of Honor casts Dempsey as a male maid of honor to his best female friend. Of course, now that she's marrying someone else, he realizes that maybe she was the one for him after all.
"Because they don’t see it, it’s like it’s in front of them and they take it for granted I think. And then, it’s not till it’s gone that you realize how special it is. In his particular case, certainly, it’s because of the dynamic. The other thing we were working on was, ‘How do we keep these people apart? Obviously, why wouldn’t they have an affair earlier?’ But then we wouldn’t have a movie, so we had to stop that kind of questioning, because then you just wouldn’t have a movie."
Made of Honor
Made of Honor
Made of Honor
Dempsey plays a womanizer with rules for all of his myriad steady dates. That also kept him distracted from his true love. "We were like, ‘What’s the deeper issue here?’ I think the thing we really worked hard at developing is the relationship with the father. You see the dynamic with the father really affects him and why he doesn’t believe in marriage because he’s not seeing one that is healthy. So I think that was one of the reasons why he didn’t do it. Also because he was fulfilled on a friendship level and had his physicality and the sexual and that kind of thing in other relationships. But he just didn’t have the depth and the emotion that he has with this relationship."
Made of Honor also has Dempsey pratfalling as he attempts to win back his sweetheart. Juggling plates, competing in Scottish Olympic events and bumping into waiters were all ideas generated on the shooting day.
"It’s fragile, because you have to find that balance and find the humor in it at the same time and that’s what we were constantly working on. We would try things tonally different each take as well. It was fun. It was a lot of work because you never felt like you got it. Then at the end of the day, you had more options in the editing room, so that was the key.