By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
Jason Bateman can turn on the funny when he’s called to improvise, but on his own he seemed to be more serious. Promoting the comedy Couples Retreat, he preferred to focus on the serious themes of the movie.
Bateman Goes on a Couples Retreat
“If there is any sort of message I suppose that at least I absorbed was just keep talking and stay connected as much as you can,” Bateman said. “Don’t just assume that person’s just going to keep waking up next to you every morning. You might need to talk to that person every once in a while, check in. If there is a message in the film, perhaps it’s that. I don't know.”
The actor didn’t carry his somber thoughts to the film though. He plays a man whose wife is having trouble conceiving, but that was just the plot setup for their jokes. “I’ve got some friends that are having trouble with that and it is very stressful on the relationship. I didn’t need to talk to them about it, partly because I don’t like to do a whole lot of homework. I didn’t really want to weigh it down with stuff like that. This is a light, fun movie. I didn’t want to bore anybody in the audience with any sort of real acting. I think everybody coming into this movie is looking for a good time and to eat plenty of popcorn and I think it definitely delivers that.”
Actually, the relationship between Bateman and Kristin Bell didn’t seem so bad. If they’re both into obsessive scheduling, what’s the problem? “Yeah, there’s nothing all that bad about what they do. I think that it’s a combination of sort of their routine along with sort of their inherent sort of uptightness too which probably goes into their emotional life and perhaps their sexual life and spiritual life and all that stuff. So they need this island, they need this program to kind of shake things loose and lighten up a little bit.”
It’s easy for Bateman to analyze from the outside. He was only playing the character.r “I am not very A type. I like to sort of just let it go. My wife on the other hand is very good about organization and planning and between the two of us, there’s somebody normal, right in between.”