Josh Duhamel, who has “Life as We Know It” opening Oct. 8, says working with kids isn’t so bad. He stars with not only Katherine Heigl and Josh Lucas in the rom com, but also with the precocious Clagett triplets as the baby.
“We got lucky because there were three of them,” he tells Entertainment Weekly, in a wide-ranging interview in the issue hitting stands tomorrow (10/1). “Brooke was the little starlet. Brynn was the feisty little one—you never knew what you’d get. And then there was little Lexie, who without a doubt every time on set would just scream bloody murder—which comes in handy in a movie like this because there’s a lot of moments when you need a baby to cry.”
Josh also dishes the inside skinny on such need-to-know actor truths as imbibing before shooting a scene in really cold water. In his current, limited release flick “The Romantics,” his groom-to-be character is seen taking a drunken dip in the ocean with pals. The lesson of the nighttime shoot, he tells EW: “It’s irresponsible NOT to drink whiskey before you jump into the Atlantic in December.”
And, on working with director Michael Bay, with whom he’s currently shooting the third ‘Transformers” film: “I learned to stay out of his way…Just to be there and do as you’re told and shut up.”
And then there are Duhamel’s notes on taking realism too far. Recalling the filming of his 2006 “Turistas,” about kidnapped American tourists, he reveals: “We had the bright idea to go barefoot, like [the bad guys] stole our shoes, too! Like, ‘Let’s make this s- – – real!’ About half a day into shooting we realized it was a huge mistake, but we couldn’t go back because we had already shot a bunch of stuff.” Ouch.