Ill-fated travelers in Warner Bros.’ new comedy Due Date, Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis are joined by a great supporting cast led by Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Collateral”).
“What I like about road trip movies is that essentially your characters are working without a net. You just throw them out into the elements and say, ‘Deal with it,’” says director Todd Phillips. “You don’t have the support system of friends and family. People come in and out of your life for intense but fleeting moments.”
To help facilitate that, ‘Due Date’ features a stellar supporting cast of characters who offer Peter (Downey) and Ethan (Galifianakis) a range of memorable and often thought-provoking encounters along the way.
Jamie Foxx, who recently starred with Downey in “The Soloist,” comes aboard in the role of Peter’s old college buddy, Darryl. “It was a real coup to get Jamie to come in as Peter’s friend—and, according to Ethan, possibly the real father of his soon-to-be-born child,” says Robert Downey Jr., alluding to yet another way in which Ethan manages to get under Peter’s skin.
Within minutes of entering Darryl’s home, Ethan spots a few photos, asks a few questions, adds two and two, and comes up with five. “He learns that Darryl is very close with Peter’s wife and jumps to all kinds of conclusions. Then, he plants the seed of doubt in Peter’s mind,” says Phillips.
“Darryl comes into the picture to do these guys a favor and it’s all great…until it’s not. Then things get very weird, very fast,” Foxx says of the ensuing scene that lands Peter and Ethan back on the pavement. “Working with Robert, Zach and Todd, you’d never know what to expect, but you could always count on it being a crazy, creative, collaborative experience.”
Another memorable character is Heidi, a freelance medical supplier with questionable parenting skills, tracked down by Ethan at her Birmingham home to restock his supply of “glaucoma medication.” It’s one of many detours that takes them miles out of their way.
Heidi is played by Juliette Lewis, in her third screen role for Phillips. “When Todd calls it’s a game of trust. I don’t know the role, I don’t know what he wants me to do, but I know it’s going to be good and it’s going to be funny.”
Meanwhile, back home anxiously awaiting Peter’s return is his wife, Sarah, played by Michele Monaghan, reuniting with Downey for the first time since they teamed in the 2005 comedy thriller “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”
“Sarah is just about 8 months and 29 days pregnant with her first baby and obviously very anxious,” Monaghan offers. “Her husband is not only m.i.a but is also traveling cross-country with a wild man whose only concern is if she has any ‘recommendations for someone who could give him a perm’?!? Clearly, the baby’s arrival looks more promising than daddy’s.”
Now showing across the Philippines, “Due Date” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.