The last time we saw [movieperson id="99943"]Ben Stiller[/movieperson] as Gaylord Focker in [movie id="245965"]“Meet the Fockers,”[/movie] he was caught between his crazy parents and his crazy in-laws as he and his wife, played by Teri Polo, prepared for their first child. That little Focker will be the subject of the third movie in the series, appropriately titled “Little Fockers.”
We caught up with producer Jay Roach, who directed the first two films, at ShoWest, and asked him about what we can expect later this year when we return again to the family Focker. “Paul Weitz directed it, did a great job,” he said. “It’s really funny.”
The new movie is set some months after the events of the last installment, with the parents-to-be busy preparing for their incoming bundle of joy. Stiller’s Gaylord, always the nervous guy, is having a hard time adjusting to the coming change. He’s also freaked out by another newcomer to his world, a familiar face who’s back to cause some trouble.
“It’s Owen Wilson coming back with a new passion for Ben’s wife, Teri Polo. And of course it’s hidden and it’s all under the surface, but it causes a lot of new wrinkles in the relationship between all of them,” Roach explained.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Focker family reunion without Gaylord’s scary father-in-law and his crazy ideas about circles of trust. What better way to exacerbate the father-to-be’s doubts than the constant threat of a judgmental in-law?
“Robert De Niro is very suspicious of what’s going on and Ben’s character is going through sort of a midlife crisis, an early midlife crisis about being a father and bringing home the bacon,” Roach said, comparing “Little Fockers” to the 2000 originator, “Meet the Parents.”
“It’s very suspenseful, it’s like an anxiety dream and Robert De Niro is on Ben Stiller’s ass, so when does it get bad?”
We asked Roach if there are any standout scenes we can look forward to, such as the hilarious urn/dinner scene or its spiritual successor in the sequel involving a dried-up foreskin. Another uncomfortable dinner homage may be in store, but Roach prefers a climactic showdown … not that he’s spilling any details.
“I won’t give away much of it, but there’s a fight at the end of the film that is pretty amazing,” he said. “A fight between Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. But that’s all I’ll say.”
As scary as De Niro’s character is, Gaylord Focker has bigger problems to worry about this time around. “In the first movie, Owen was definitely a force … in a lot of the film. In the second one he mostly just came in at the end for a cameo, but he’s back full tilt in this one and is a big part of the complication in Ben Stiller’s life.”
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