The two obviously share an ease with one another after having played a couple in Delpy’s new film, “2 Days in New York.” It’s a sequel to her acclaimed 2007 film, “2 Days in Paris,” in which Adam Goldberg played the American boyfriend of Delpy’s Parisian character, a photographer named Marion.
She’s now shifted the story across the Atlantic and later a few years. Marion lives with radio talk show host Mingus (Rock) and their children. But when Marion’s family comes to visit from Paris (including her mischievous father, played by Delpy’s real father, Albert Delpy), the farce of Franco-American culture clash resumes.
It’s the third feature directed by Delpy, the actress of Kryzsztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy and “Before Sunrise.” (She also co-wrote it with Alexia Landeau.) For Rock, it’s another unlikely French connection, following his 2007 remake of an Eric Rohmer film in “I Think I Love My Wife.”
They sat down for an interview ahead of the film’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere to discuss “2 Days in New York,” which opens in theaters August 10.
AP: How did you two get together for this?
Delpy: I was a hooker.
Rock: Innocent enough!
Rock: Love her as an actress, love her as a director, thought she was hot. You got to kind of want to f– people you work with. (Both laugh) It’s always a little better if you’re a little attracted.
Delpy: You like Adam Sandler? Is he your type? … I thought you liked my talent as an auteur!
AP: You’ve both have carved filmmaking careers outside of what you’re best known for, whether stand-up or acting.
Delpy: He directed a film that I saw that I really liked (“I Think I Love My Wife”). To me, it’s interesting to work with someone _ even outside of his great talent as a stand-up and stuff _ that he has other poles of interest. I do relate to that. Yes, I could just be acting, which is a horrible life, by the way. Just waiting for a part. When I was 16, I wrote my first screenplay. Of course, it took me years to make my first film.
AP: Chris, aside from stand-up, you’ve been acting on Broadway (“Motherf–— With the Hat”), directing (the documentary “Good Hair”) and producing (the TV show “Everybody Hates Chris”). How do you compartmentalize the various projects?
Rock: Everything falls under comedy. It’s not like I’m doing a funny movie and then going to paint. In a weird way, they’re all related. With all of them, eventually I’m going to have to figure out what the f– is funny about this. If I’m on Broadway or I’m doing a documentary about hair, it’s like: What the hell is funny? How do I get to the funny here?