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"Delivery Man" is a re-telling of the 2011
French-Canadian comedy "Starbuck," which
was also directed by Ken Scott. With a title de-
rived from a notorious breeding bull with a
record-setting number of offspring, the film is
about an unremarkable guy who wakes up one
day to find he has fathered 533 children.
Expanding on the original story with hu-
mour and heart, "Delivery Man" revisits this
seemingly unlikely, but ultimately very pos-
sible tale of fatherhood and family.
Scott recalls, "The idea came from my co-
screenwriter, Martin Petit, who had this
idea about a man who had many children.
We wanted to write a comedy about fa-
therhood so we went for what we consid-
ered something extreme --- a fertility donor
who has 150 children. One month into the
project, it was all over the media that a
donor had discovered he had fathered 400
children! We were speechless and realised
that our mere 150 was nothing compared
to reality. So we actually had to bring up the
numbers. We focused on creating a story
that explores fatherhood in a playful and
"Starbuck" premiered at the Toronto Film
Festival, where it was selected as runner-up
for the People's Choice Award. The film
went on to be named Most Popular Cana-
dian Film at the 2011 Vancouver Film Festi-
val and upon its theatrical release, became
the most successful Quebec-made film
The international popularity of "Starbuck"
attracted the attention of many Hollywood
producers who wanted to re-make the film
for American audiences. According to Pro-
ducer Rouleau, "Most of the offers we re-
ceived were from people who wanted to
produce a remake themselves. However,
Ken and I wanted to reproduce the movie."
Scott adds, "I wanted to be there as a di-
rector and as a writer to make sure that
this delicate balance between drama, emo-
tion and comedy wasn't compromised. Not
many filmmakers have the opportunity to
redo the same movie a second time. But I
love the story."
Although "Delivery Man" is a remake, it
was important to the filmmakers that the
American version not be an identical regur-
gitation of the original. Scott says, "The
goal of the remake is to basically take the
story and to integrate it with American cul-
ture. For me, it was very important to make
sure that we were not simply copying
something. It had to come from a real place."
It was Vince Vaughn's own family con-
nection which first brought the project to
his attention. His sister had seen the origi-
nal film and loved it. And Vaughn immedi-
ately admired Ken Scott's talent and
enthusiasm for the project. "I think Ken's in-
credible," Vaughn states. "I'm just such a fan
of his. He's one of those guys who, interest-
ingly, has all skills. He's a phenomenal
writer, and it's nice to come to work every
day and feel good with the script and have
your job be just translating his lines."
Vaughn continues, "He's so smart with
the camera, visually, and he's also an actor,
a performer. He knows how to talk to you
and give you good ideas. He's got a fun ap-
proach to stuff, and he's a terrific filmmaker.
He creates a fun atmosphere. He likes to
joke around on the set, but he's also very
driven and knows what he wants."
Chris Pratt is also a big fan. "He's a great
guy," Pratt says. "He told me something in
rehearsal that I'll never forget. It was some-
thing about motivation in a scene that I'll
use forever. It's about needs and desires.
You take all of your character's needs --- for
Brett, it was a need to lose weight, a need
to reignite his passion, a need to get out of
the house, a need for a break, a need for his
kids to listen to him, a need to be respected
and a need for his mother's respect. And
then you find a desire that will fulfill all
those needs. For Brett, it was this court
case. So, that gives me all the motivation I
need to navigate through the whole movie."
He continues, "That's something nice,
and maybe veteran actors all know that.
But, it's never been articulated to me that
way, and I think for the rest of my life as
long as I'm breaking down a scene, I'll use
that. Not all directors can get you to think
On its surface, "Delivery Man" is a comi-
cal look at a man facing an unimaginable
quandary. But it is really a humanistic por-
trait of a man learning to accept his flaws
and focus on turning his life around.
Executive Producer Mark Sourian says,
"The thing that's so satisfying about the
movie is we've found an extraordinary set
of circumstances to put a character in the
middle of. And yet those circumstances are
very believable. There's a craziness to those
circumstances that is comedic. You can't
help but laugh."
He continues, "But there's also a serious-
ness to it, and I think that blend creates a
very unique tone for the movie that allows
it to be funny but emotional and heart-
warming. That rich tone is what makes the
movie feel very special and unique."
David Wozniak represents the Everyman
thrown into an extraordinary situation, who
overcomes his circumstances to emerge a
changed man. "He is a person who wants to
be better. He just needs a push," says
Sourian. "It's hard not to root for somebody
like that. He may not know how to do it, but
you get a sense that he really wants to be
better. I think that's something that all of
us in one fashion or another can relate to.
From Pratt's point of view, "Delivery Man"
is an allegorical tale about family and fa-
therhood. "This is a movie that will actually
make you think and feel something in your
soul about family and fatherhood," Pratt
says. "You can't always do everything for
everybody in your family. But you do what
you can, and there's a reward in that. And
that's what David Wozniak is doing -- he's
doing what he can."
"It's the small things we do that make a
difference, and that's what's so special
about the movie," says Sourian. "David is a
very relatable character who certainly in-
spires in all of us, a sense that you can do
great things without being some extraordi-
nary person. It's an extraordinary situation,
but he does very simple things that endear
us to him because they make him better.
And they make him the best person he can
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