Talking to Dermot Mulroney in person, it's quickly apparent why Mulroney was chosen to play 'Nick Mercer', the smooth-talking, handsome escort who makes women swoon and men jealous. After casting "Will & Grace" star Debra Messing as the female lead, director Clare Kilner turned to Mulroney to set hearts aflutter. "Dermot's a great actor, in both drama and comedy. He gave the role of Nick such humor, class and substance that it's hard to imagine anyone else in the part. He was a pleasure to direct," recalls Kilner.
Though most of the films on Dermot Mulroney's lengthy list of credits are dramas ("Lovely & Amazing," "The Safety of Objects," and "Undertow" to name just a few), he's not exactly a stranger to the romantic comedy genre. Mulroney starred opposite former romantic comedy queen Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding" and next up he's got "Must Love Dogs" with Diane Lane and John Cusack.
Catching up with Dermot Mulroney at the World Premiere of "The Wedding Date," I had the chance to get the scoop on kissing scenes, working in England, and working with Debra Messing:
Interview With Dermot Mulroney ('Nick')
How was filming in England?
I enjoyed it very much. Englands a nice, nice, nice country. A good place to have a wedding. In fact, Ive been to a wedding there before not in Oxford. My American friend married a Brit so I actually went through this, come to think of it. I should have thought of this a while ago. I could have had some of those what do they call them? sense memories, or something (laughing).
And you play Debras date in the movie
Im Debras date from now, starting now, for all time. Thats the arrangement that weve made.
Why are you such a good date?
(Laughing) Youd have to ask Debra.
Why is she such a good date?
Because shes fetching, shes beautiful, shes talented. [Pointing to Debra Messing] Look at her dress! Shes got it all. Shes got it all. No, I was real happy to be in the movie with her. Id always seen her on the show and thought that she was dynamite. And she is.
Debra said shes actually naked in this movie.
She is so naked in this movie you wouldnt believe it! Of course her arms in the way and somebodys hands. She ripped it out. I dont know how to put it. Thats what she done did (laughing).
In keeping with the whole romantic theme of the movie, what is your favorite onscreen kiss?
Which of the girls did I like kissing the most? [Huge smile] Cant answer that.
How about a favorite onscreen kiss involving someone else?
Oh crap, if I admit to having like a favorite wedding kiss then I admit to going to, you know, romantic movies and then what am I? Id rather be in the movies than have to go see them. Can I be blatantly honest with you?
How about your kiss with Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding?" Would that be your favorite?
Well, no Debras my present favorite (laughing). My most recent 'Most Favorite' is Debra Messing strongly. Shes a fantastic kisser. (Laughing) You should give her a try.