Tina Fey had a twinkle in her eye when Boise Weekly asked her about her punchline--literally: Fey's character hilariously sucker punches the guy (played by Dax Shepard) who slept with her brother's wife in her newest film.
"Yeah, but if I punched you, you have to act like I can punch," said Fey, brandishing a fist.
Nearby, also walking the red carpet for the premiere of This Is Where I Leave You at TIFF, stood Jason Bateman, who portrays Fey's brother. BW asked Fey if they were actual siblings, could she take him.
"Could I beat him? I think so, because he only has actor-strength. You know that actors are very weak, right?" she said with perfect Fey wryness.
"I bet she could beat me up as long as she was wearing a big ring on her finger like she did in the film," Bateman replied when asked about Fey's pugilistic abilities. "She can leave a permanent groove."
This Is Where I Leave You, directed by Canadian-born Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum), is like being at a dog park. Fey, Bateman, Adam Driver (Girls) and Corey Stoll (House of Cards) are so totally believable as the Altman siblings, they reminded me of that perfect pooch-sense dogs have: tussling and tumbling because only they sense a familiar bond.
When the patriarch of the Altman clan dies, the four gravitate to their homestead to "sit shiva," the Jewish tradition of seven days of meditation following the death of a family member. However, there are countless "I'm outta here" moments, sending the siblings careening in different directions, only to return for more of the loveable misery they inflict on one another. The film also includes some pretty great supporting performances from Shepard, Kathryn Hahn, Timothy Olyphant, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz and Rose Byrne. The nicest surprise is Jane Fonda as a self-help bestselling author and family matriarch who mourns her husband while enjoying a new addition: breast augmentation. In fact, her chest should get its own "supporting" billing.
"I actually volunteered to audition for my part," Fonda told BW. "I read the book [Jonathan Tropper's 2009 bestseller of the same name], and I went after the part, and I got it. I totally identified with the character--except for the boobs."