'Game Night' Premiere: Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler Channel Their Competitive Streaks
The actors hit the red carpet in Hollywood along with co-stars Lamorne Morris and Jeffrey Wright as well as co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
In their new comedy Game Night, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play a married couple who get very competitive while hosting weekly game nights at their house. But Bateman says the games in the movie are not quite his speed in his real life.
“You know, I have an 11-year-old and a 6-year-old, so I’m playing a lot of dress-up and building dollhouses and things like that,” the funny man told The Hollywood Reporter last night at the movie’s premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. “We’re putting together jigsaw puzzles that take about four minutes to do.”
Kyle Chandler, who plays Bateman’s brother, admits he and his wife of 23 years, Kathryn, get very competitive over backgammon.
“She’s much better, but not long ago I almost beat her in the first two and I almost gammoned her and I’ve never done that,” the Friday Night Lights star said. “It took her literally, I’m not kidding, about a half an hour to say, ‘Good game.’ It’s contentious.”
“I do play games from time to time,” said Jeffrey Wright. “I have to kick my son’s butt sometimes at Mortal Kombat."
New Girl’s Lamorne Morris, who plays one of McAdams and Bateman’s friends in the flick, said he regularly plays Cards Against Humanity and Mafia. “I’m too competitive,” he said. “But when no one’s on your level it’s hard to say you’re competitive because they aren’t competing against you. I’m in a league of my own.”
Not only does Morris deliver a spot-on impression of Denzel Washington in the movie, but he insisted he’d have no trouble doing it in front of the Oscar winner. “I would do it in a heartbeat,” he said. “Are you kidding me? That would be my opportunity to get cursed out by a celebrity and to get a restraining order against me."
So, who else in the movie has a secret impersonation up their sleeve? “I could do a little Jimmy Stewart,” Chandler boasted before delivering quite an impressive vocal sample of the It’s a Wonderful Life actor.
“When I’m drunk I’ll do a little Dolly Parton,” said Brit actress Sharon Horgan. “I don’t sound anything like her, but if I’ve had a few drinks I may start singing a little bit of Dolly.”
The movie marks a reunion for Bateman and his co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein after having first worked together when the two wrote Horrible Bosses and Horrible Bosses 2.
“Jason is a diva,” Goldstein joked. “He’s in the makeup chair for like six hours in the morning and then four hours in the gym.”
Daley cracked, “That’s why he looks like the Rock.”
After the screening, guests headed to the Dream Hollywood hotel for an afterparty that included the chance to play Pac-Man Battle Royale and a drink menu featuring cocktails with names like the Triple Letter Score, Charade-orade and Murder Mystery Mule.