All Vince Vaughn had to do to find inspiration for his role as a sperm donor who’s fathered 533 children in Delivery Man was think about his own life.
Vaughn married Kyla Weber in 2010, when he was 40, so the couple made a conscious effort to have children right away. The 43-year-old actor’s now the father of two. In a bit of art imitating life, the second child became a reality while Vaughn was filming Delivery Man.
“So there was a day, it was around Christmas, that my wife came to me with a Christmas ornament with the family and there was an extra little person in a Santa hat. That’s how I found out,” Vaughn says. “So I was really excited both times, thrilled to have impregnated my wife at this point.”
Unable to pass up a joke, Vaughn boasts the pregnancy “is more about me being proud of the fact of my own ability.”
It may have been all the pregnancy talk, but Vaughn signed on to star in the movie — a remake of the Canadian film Starbuck — despite it being different than the films that help make him a star. There’s no swagger to the character, like the one he played in Swingers, or the lunacy of his roles in Old School or Wedding Crashers.
“I think for all actors, it’s fun to do different things,” Vaughn says. “I’ll definitely do something more crazy, but I think part of it is your age, and different roles present themselves to you. Change is what you play, I think, at 23 to some degree different than what you play at 43. So for me, it’s more about tone.”
Delivery Ma n is about family, responsibility and parenting. Vaughn was attracted to how it looks at a group of people, who share the same biological father, looking for a connection.
Vaughn brings to the role the perspective he’s gotten as a father. At the same time, he’s trying to figure out how to give his kids the tools they need to be happy in life.
“You realize how much the relationship, when kids are young, can suffer. And it’s important to make sure that you are able to spend some time with each other. I think as a father, the best thing you can do for the kid is to love the mom.”