Meet the Fockers () - Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes - IMDb
Jack Byrnes: I met some, yes. Greg Focker: Yeah, Dom Focker, that's my dad's.. . uh first cousin. I can't have a chink in my chain. DVD Release: Tron: Legacy, Little Fockers; Funny Quotes from Little Fockers; What the. Meet the Fockers answered just that. I can't have a chink in my chain." including the release of the DVD of the original Meet the Parents. Meet the Fockers Quotes. If its yellow let it mellow, Roz Focker: Tell me, what's going on with that man of yours? . I can't have a chink in my chain. Permalink.
By then we had the first half of the script, and that scene. The whole second half of the script sort of evolved. But, once she had that scene, then she saw that we were on the right track. So was the massage scene her idea?
- Robert De Niro: Jack Byrnes
- Is it Chink or Kink in the Chain?
Well, we had a massage scene. But, originally it was Dustin who was going to massage him. He was going to kind of wake up and be massaging his feet. And Bernie has so many other places in the movie to be overly physically. You know, there should be a scene where I and he sort of go at it. And I try to get underneath him. I'm a professional, I have a much more open lifestyle.
And so, there should be a moment where that really clashes. So it came out of collaboration with her. I mean, this whole film was a complete collaboration from beginning to end. There's so much improvisation that went on in the process.
Not just in the shooting, but in the rehearsal phase, where we would come in and read the scene and read the scene, and read the scene. And they just kept throwing new ideas. Many of the big moments in the film evolved from that give and take. The writers, especially John Hamburg stayed with us the entire time. And we'd constantly fold the stuff they were coming up with in rehearsals into the process. And that continued right through.
We wrote the third act quite close to the finish of actual shooting. We didn't have a third act when we started shooting. So, the cast came up with a lot of what happened in the movie. Just watching the film, it seemed to be that, Dustin Hoffman, particularly, maybe also Barbra Streisand just felt so loose, that it must have been slightly improvised? It was a little of both, rehearsals and improvising. Dustin is great, because he's desperate to make you laugh and shake you out of whatever your presumptions are about the way something's gonna go, both on and off the camera.
He's always telling a story. He's not a prankster so much, as he's just always in your face with a new idea and a new joke and a new story. He came up with that in the rehearsal phase. So that was a Dustin Hoffman idea. And there's like a dozen of them through the story that he'd get big laughs and great moments in the film. Do you already have plans for the third Fockers movie? I'm always a little superstitious about that.
If people seem to like this one, when it comes out, and there seems to be a need, we may start talking about it. The studio is always eager to jump into that stuff. But, I can't, it's hard for me to think about it when I just finished this one. Did you feel there was still mileage in the story? I think the characters are good enough that people might want to see them get into new predicaments. But, again, it was difficult to come up with.
It took three years to come up with an idea that was strong enough to make it seem like this one was worth it. Because I just didn't want it to be forced that, suddenly, Stiller and De Niro were at each other again.
Meet the Fockers. Jay Roach Interview
It just didn't make sense, since they were so resolved, after the last film. There was one key idea that did that for me. One writer, Marc Hyman, came up with the idea that he would have this grandson from another daughter, and he would be obsessed, kind of almost training that child, like the way he trained Jinx, the cat.
And when I saw that I could have him have a new agenda, focused on his legacy and so, therefore he would be concentrating on how his own progeny, his own bloodline would be passed on. Then he's gotta worry about Ben Stiller's parents. Because they're gonna merge with his link and chain both culturally and physically, literally.
He's really focused on how it's all gonna merge down the line, even after he's gone. And it's sort of a narcissistic place to be. But it meant Ben had to now prove something else to him which was that his parents would contribute and have contributed, through his bloodline, to whatever would the future be.
As soon as I saw that, then that was my controlling idea. And everything else was worth it. Was it her idea to have her hair on frizzy curls? I have to credit her a lot on that. I told her I wanted the character to represent an openness and a tolerance of lots of different ideas or ethnicities and cultures. She, actually kind of derived the hair from seeing Dustin's wife, Lisa Hoffman, who has hair a little bit like that. The clothes came from a combination of, really looking at a lot of stuff in her closet, mixed with Carol Ramsey, who is my costume designer, and I sat and flipped through a lot of magazines to find a way to have her just seem somewhat intellectual, somewhat worldly, tied to sort of '60s and Zen and Eastern traditions.
And we kind of just mixed it all together. But we worked really closely with her and her ideas. I wish I felt that way more often. At the end of a film, especially after the first, Meet The Parents, I really recognized that something clicked. But I couldn't figure out what, laughs why it clicked.
There are lots of good reasons for it. But the overall kind of gestalt of it, I never really felt in control of it. And I didn't in this one, either. I always reach beyond where I think I can go. We really never thought we would get Barbra Streisand.
And I feared I might not get Dustin Hoffman. So, it's, it's just casting and scripts, really.
Ben Stiller: Greg Focker
So, how does your persistence work? You talked how long it took convincing Barbra Streisand. How was it with Dustin Hoffman? Dustin was a lot easier and a lot more fun. I met with Dustin in his office. He was barefoot, then he put on his shoes, so we could go to the restaurant.
He demonstrated that kiss he does, and he tried to get the waitress to do it. I mean, he is that person. He is that way with his own kids. He's that way with his wife. He's always nuzzling and being way too affectionate.
He comes right up to you and he'll look at your face. And he'll give you advice about your skin. I mean, he has no personal space, boundaries, no inhibitions. When I saw that, I knew needed someone that you would both love and embrace, and he would stand for a loving, open thing, as compared to the closed, suspicious thing of De Niro's.
And he would do that in a way that would be both, even obnoxious, so that Ben Stiller would be embarrassed by it. But, also done in a way you wished that he was your dad. And he was easy. And once he saw what I wanted to do with it, the deal was complicated. But, his commitment to it was instant, actually.
Did the kid know how to speak before the movie or did he learn during the filming? Well, the kid was preverbal when we cast him. He was very sign proficient. That was one of the things we found, they had never been in commercials or anything. And I have tried this with my kids, too. And for our kids, they learned to talk quite quickly because they'd been doing this for a while. The mom, Wendy Pickren, had been doing this with these kids. So, they knew about 50 signs, when we cast them.
But they had not spoken a single word. They had made noises. And they were starting to develop other words When you say, kids, you mean more than one is in the movie?
Meet the Fockers. Jay Roach Interview
Two, they are twins, Spencer Pickren and Bradley Pickren, who played little Jack, that's usually how you have to do it. Because there's a very limited amount of time you can have with them on the set. It was a very, laughs delicate conversation. Because I have probably already corrupted children worldwide with some of the other films I've done.
They made it mean French fry, which is his favorite food. So we kind of slowly molded it. Mom was very good-natured about it. But I do fear for their future. I can share a little of that with Mike Myers. But, yeah, I am constantly apologizing to parents who ignore the PG13 warning on the films. That's a good question. Bob is a really specific kind of actor who loves the external.
You think of him as so method. But he really loves having external things to help him take the contrivance off of the way the lines are spoken. And he uses props that way. He'll spend a lot of time on props and wardrobe, so that he'll just have something to kind of obsess about, in the scene, to take his mind off the dialogue. And, in the first film, I was really worried about it, throwing this cat into the situation. It's gonna be doing bad things, but he's doing a good thing and vice versa.
And he loved it. Look what happened to him. Greg, you couldn't follow a simple set of instructions? So I went in and I gave him a little attention. He's learning to self-soothe. These setbacks are disastrous for his devlopment. The child is adorable, but you're not raising Little Buddha over here. What are you saying?
I'm saying that I have seen that kid eat at least 15 boogers since he's been here and and I've got news for you, Jack, prodigies don't eat there own boogers. And I've got news for you. Prodigies don't come in 10th place every time either.
It's just that I've never seen people celebrate mediocrity the way you do. Because we love our son? We hug our son? Let's get down to it. The truth is, you're so concerned about that Little Jack, but I think that it's the Little Jack in you that is crying out for a hug.
The Little Jack in me? Jack, you have issues. I'm trying to understand why you run around with a rubber boob strapped to your chest. I mean, were you ever breastfed? My guess is no. Will you spare my the drugstore pyschology.Meet the Fockers
Everybody just STOP, okay? Jack, I am not going to make any excuses. I went to answer the phone, I was gone for a second, I came back, he let himself out of the playpen, he put on Scarface, and he glued his hands to the rum bottle. Greg, a man reaches a certain age when he realizes what's truely important. Do you know what that is? Let me put it very simply.