Friday, November 15, 2013

Countdown to Delivery Man! 7 Days to Go

It's almost here! DreamWorks Pictures' "Delivery Man," starring Vince Vaughn as affable underachiever David Wozniak, opens in theatres in one week, on November 23. The film centres on Wozniak, whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier have resulted in a whopping total of 533 children. When they come looking for him, that's a lot to process.

The film is written for the screen and directed by Ken Scott, based on “Starbuck,” the original screenplay written by Ken Scott and Martin Petit.

In anticipation of the film's release, I want to share with you some fun facts from the production. A kind of behind-the-scenes look, if you will.  Hope you find these interesting!



  • “Delivery Man” is based on the 2011 hit French-Canadian film comedy, “Starbuck,” which was also directed and written (with Martin Petit) by Ken Scott.
  • "Delivery Man” was shot entirely on locations in New York.
  • The weekend camp scene was filmed in several different locations, including Staten Island and in a park more than an hour away from the city.
  • New York City was selected over New Orleans and Atlanta as filming locations specifically to avoid any possibility of interruptions from a hurricane. Hurricane Sandy promptly hit the production!
  • In real life, British biologist Bertold Wiesner, who operated a fertility clinic in the 1940’s, is believed to have fathered approximately 600 children!
  • The name Starbuck, David’s alias when making donations at the fertility clinic, came from a famous Canadian bull who, during the 1980’s and 1990’s generated $24 million in fertilization cells and sired 25 percent of all the cows in North America.
  • During a real Knicks NBA game at Madison Square Garden, production was given only six minutes during half time to shoot their staged plays. 
  • Two real butcher stores in Queens were used as the set for the Wozniak family’s meat business.
  • Costume designer Melissa Toth was responsible for dressing and redressing anywhere from 110 to 500 kids on any given day.
  • The “Delivery Man” hospital location was shot at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York City.
  • An old convent in Brooklyn was used as the location for scenes with David Wozniak’s biological son Ryan.
  • Sébastien René, who plays David’s biological son Ryan, is the only actor in “Delivery Man” who also appeared in the original French-Canadian film, “Starbuck.”
  • Polish actor Andrzej Blumenfeld, who portrays David’s father, Norbert, had never been to the United States before being cast in “Delivery Man.”

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