‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ Brings Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot Together for a Steamy Scene
Look for the action-comedy that also stars Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis opening on October 21st.
Guys, I’ve been holding onto this secret for a while. It has to do with a little something something that went down between Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot on the set of Greg Mottola‘s upcoming action-comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses. The PR folks asked that we keep it hush hush for the time since our set visit, but after some begging and pleading we’ve finally been able to share it with you in the form of a new clip.
Keeping Up with the Joneses follows Fisher’s character Karen and her husband Jeff Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis), two average surburbanites whose normal lives are thrown for a loop when a mysterious and ridiculously good-looking couple (Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm) move in next door. When the Gaffneys investigate the newly-arrived Joneses, they soon find themselves in over their head as their curiosity throws them into a full-on, action-packed spy thriller.
Also starring Patton Oswalt, Matt Walsh, and Maribeth Monroe, Keeping Up with the Joneses opens October 21st. Check out the newly revealed clip featuring Fisher and Gadot below:
If you missed my previous reports from the set of Keeping Up with the Joneses, you can get caught up with what Hamm and Gadot had to say about their experience on the film. We also had the chance to talk to Fisher and Galifianakis, who play the less covert couple in the film. Here’s how Fisher described her character:
She is actually the girl next door. She’s the mom that you know, she wears the mom jeans, she does the school run. She’s in a carpool existence, and I think that’s what makes her relatable and identifiable. She’s every woman.
She’s a classic clown character in the sense that she’s over-confident and I’ve made her a little ditzy … and to explain why she’s married to Zach’s character Jeff who has a simplistic attitude to life, let’s say. In order for that marriage to be believable, I’ve given her a bit of a silly walk and a bit of a sillier voice. And yeah, she can say some stupid things when it’s good for comedy.
Galifianakis confirmed as much about his own character, saying, “I’m playing it not as goofy, not as dumb. It’s a different kind of dumb. His dumbness in this comes out of fear more than anything else.” Here’s how he described their relationship:
I think the situation that they’re in brings out some of these offbeat qualities that they have, but on the surface, they’re normal suburbanites just gettin’ through the day. Then this storm blows into their neighborhood and they have to deal with that. When that happens, you see them kind of acting out of character a bit, as we all would if spies moved in next to us.
Fisher revealed that, for Karen, “It’s her exploration into their life that uncovers the whole plot really.” Galifianakis expanded on that plot point, saying:
Human beings are like, “Who are those good-looking people?” That is weird that we do that, like, “They’re attractive. They must have something.” So I think it’s kind of as basic as that, as least as far as Isla’s character; she gets into it right away. The character, Jeff, he just likes that there are new neighbors who might be interesting and he’s just a very fellowship guy, so he’s very welcoming. I think it’s just that they’re kind of sleek and fancy-looking.
Speaking of Fisher, let’s talk about that kiss scene. We happened to be on set when it happened, and it didn’t happen just once; more like:
A thousand times, too. You know what, it was my first kiss of that kind on camera. I must admit, it was very technical because she’s got lipstick, I’ve got lipstick, we had to keep getting the lipstick off each other. But we made a lot of funny jokes about it; it was silly, it was fun.
You got to kiss Wonder Woman!
I kept saying though, the joke should be that I have to stand on the sofa to kiss her because she’s so tall!
To avoid any spoilers, we will say that this scene wasn’t put in the script just to get a snapshot in the trailer (though it certainly didn’t hurt); it actually has a plot point that’s pretty important to how everything shakes out. But to see how it all plays out, you’ll just have to check out Keeping Up with the Joneses this weekend!