"People like scary stories. There's a fascination with fear themes, and we want to face those things in a weird, subconscious way." - Mel Gibson
Sean Anders’s Daddy’s Home 2 is the Christmassy reboot of (you guessed it) 2015 Daddy’s Home. Throwing into the man-off between Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell as father and step-father Brad and Dusty are their two grandads, played by screen legend Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, who come to visit for Christmas. Following the success of the family comedy, initial US box office figures suggest the stellar-cast seasonal incarnation is likely to follow suit.
The film had its UK premiere last night at London’s Vue in Leicester Square with a suitably Christmassy red carpet brimming with fans as well as Christmas lights, Christmas tree, fake snow and a Christmas-suited and booted Alex Zane.
We had the pleasure of speaking to the fan-accosted Mel Gibson, comedy favourite Will Ferrell, super star Mark Wahlberg and award-winning John Lithgow about the fun the four screen titans had on set, their favourite of the many gags and scenarios (reportedly many of them improvised) and Sean Anders’ art of reaching that careful balance of comedy for both kids and adults.
In a pre-recorded interview, Mel Gibson appears on tonight’s Late Late Show alongside his Daddy’s Home 2 co-stars Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and John Lithgow.
During the interview all four actors address the ongoing fallout from the scandals surrounding Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others in Hollywood.
Gibson tells The Late Late Show his heart goes out to the victims of Hollywood sexual harassment in an interview to be broadcast on RTÉ One tomorrow night. “Your heart goes out to the victims, of course, and I am glad that they spoke up,” he tells Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy adding, “I think it is unfortunate that they have to relive the whole thing in order to heal themselves. The rest of us are subjected to the problem, I think we really need to look at it. But it is not just Hollywood, you don’t have to be in Hollywood to experience that kind of harassment.”
Watch the full interview tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35pm