Red carpet report: 'Ted' premiere
Posted June 22, 2012
When: Thursday night
Where: Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood
Guest list:Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Jessica Barth, Sam Jones, Laura Vandervoort, Jessica Stroup, writer/director/cast member Seth MacFarlane. Also spotted: Seth Green, Penn, Penny Marshall and Jon Voight
Ted's story: MacFarlane managed the impossible with Ted, a hilarious dirty comedy (out June 29) centered on an animated, smack-talking, pot-smoking, beer-swilling teddy bear. How did he get big stars on board such as Wahlberg, who plays John Bennett, Ted's best friend, and Kunis, who plays Wahlberg's disapproving girlfriend? "When I first got pitched the idea, I wasn't that into it," Wahlberg admitted. "And then, of course, after meeting Seth (and) reading the script, I just immediately thought it was going to be something special, something original."
If Ted were real… Could a human get away with what Ted does? "No," MacFarlane laughed. "They'd go to jail." That said, would Wahlberg let his kids anywhere near the fuzzy, crass bear? "My sons, not my daughters," said the star, whose wife, Rhea Durham, walked the red carpet with him.
Building the bear: The computer-generated bear earns major laughs in the film, but it was a three-pronged effort in building him. Acting against Ted (who was voiced by MacFarlane) required "various stages of absurdity," said Walsh, who plays Wahlberg's boss in the film. "There's a fully stuffed bear that doesn't move, there's a bear that has some limited puppeting ability, and then there's the bizarro tennis ball scenes where you're talking to a tennis ball. That's the weirdest. And sometimes there's nothing there, and you're just talking to nothing."
Triple duty:Family Guy's MacFarlane took on his first movie, creating, directing and voicing Ted. On set, MacFarlane would pipe the teddy bear's typically filthy lines straight into Wahlberg and Kunis' ears. "We had Seth in our ear(pieces), so listening was the key," Kunis said. Wahlberg said he got so used to it, "I actually ended up starting to like it." Working with CGI, "you don't have to deal with other actors and all their craziness."
Flash Gordon returns:FlashGordon's Jones makes a not-to-be-missed cameo in the film. "I enjoyed it," said Jones, who stepped back into his vintage costume for the role. "I wear it at home anyway, so it doesn't matter," the actor joked on the red carpet.
News you can use: Wahlberg said his Entourage movie is still a go. "I ran into (Entourage creator) Doug Ellin yesterday at a restaurant, and he's 40 pages into the script, so we're excited," he said. Was Kunis, who wore a black Dior cocktail dress on the carpet, looking forward to her upcoming reshoots for Oz: The Great and Powerful? "No, to be honest," she said. "I love everybody, I love the special effects department, I do, with all of my heart. But that (Wicked Witch costume) glue - the smell and the 17 hours. You kind of get a little over it."
Director's cut: MacFarlane said that after his directing debut, he was due for a vacation. The hardest part of his new gig? "The 12-hour workday," he said. "You think I'm joking. Hands down, the 12-hour workday was the most challenging." MacFarlane's set was "pretty loose," Walsh said. "He's super talented, but it was very lackadaisical, and he kept it light. We went out every night when I was in Boston." Wahlberg's in his corner, too. "He's a very talented guy," the actor said, noting the fun they had on set. "It wasn't like it was all that much work, that's for sure."
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