MARC LAWRENCE: Its based on food, basically. She eats all of my food so its a very symbiotic, parasitic relationship.
Does she have any favorite foods?
MARC LAWRENCE: Corn muffins, corn muffins. I have not finished a corn muffin in four movies. Other than that, shes just great. Shes the funniest actress in Hollywood and a great friend. And if youre a writer, its an absolute gift to be able to write for her.
What was the reasoning behind making Miss Congeniality 2 into a female buddy comedy?
MARC LAWRENCE: I feel like we couldnt do anything new and find any fresh ground if we were going to repeat that same exact arc of her finding a guy. And there are, frankly, a lot of movies about women getting their salvation, finding themselves through a man, and it just felt a little bit fresher and more unique and more interesting to go the other way and have her find it through a friend a woman.
Why dont we see more female buddy comedies?
JOHN PASQUIN: Thats a good question. I dont know why we dont. Its certainly one of the reasons why I wanted to do this one. And these two women - you dont think usually think of Regina King but shes wonderful in the movie. And Sandy was very gracious and very giving with her, and totally sort of stepped aside and let her share the movie with her. Thats definitely a kind of testament to the kind of person that she is.
Were you worried about doing a sequel and not having it stand up to the original?
MARC LAWRENCE: Yeah, theyre hard. Sequels are really hard because you want to give people something new enough so that it feels like a new movie. On the other hand, they are coming to see characters they love and a world that they love. Its a big, big challenge and its hard to do. But I think we found some fresh areas. And fortunately that character, Gracie Hart, as Sandra plays it, is interesting enough to I think warrant a whole other chapter.
Did you have any second thoughts about taking on a sequel when you didnt direct the first movie?
JOHN PASQUIN: Well, you always worry because if the movie is a success, its because the first one was a success. And if the movie isnt a success, it might be because of you. But this movie I mean the thing that I thought about was that theres enough in this movie thats different from the first movie, that sets it apart from the first movie. First of all, its a buddy movie. Its basically a relationship movie between two women, which is drastically different from the first movie. And I thought I could do something sort of interesting with it. It has a heart and we had a lot of fun shooting it.
What was the hardest scene to direct?
JOHN PASQUIN: The drag club scene. Thats a sequence, thats about 10 days worth of shooting. We started it and then we totally re-wrote it on the second day. We were all sort of writing as were going. Its very complicated because its a lot of lip-synching going on and everything had to be very precise. And it was hot as hell because we were in a studio. We built the entire club and it looks wonderful. A lot of the drag queens came and said, Youre tearing this down? This is the best club weve ever been in. That was a tough one. And being out in the desert during the day with a lot of dust and a lot of wind. That was nasty.
If Miss Congeniality 2 is a hit, would you consider a part 3?
JOHN PASQUIN: I dont know. I dont know if I would or not. Show me the script and Ill tell you