Hunky Warren Christie of “October Road” and “Happy Town” fame steps into the realm of family-friendly romantic comedy with “Three Weeks, Three kids,” premiering May 7 on The Hallmark Channel. He tells us the change of pace project not only gave him the opportunity to reunite with Anna Chlumsky — they’d done a pilot together a couple years ago — but to show off his acting chops to his nieces and nephews.
“There’s a lot of things that I do that aren’t really age-appropriate,” Christie admits. “This allows them to see their uncle in something.”
“Three Weeks, Three Kids” has Chlumsky as a commitment-phobic, maturity-averse graphic artist, who learns some giant life lessons when she volunteers to take care of her nieces and nephew while her sister is in Europe. Christie’s the neighbor who gets called upon for help. “It was a lot of fun to play a nice guy in a lighthearted movie,” he says.
The actor recently wrapped McG’s 2012 action-comedy “This Means War,” with Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon.
“Mine is a small little part. I play Reese Witherspoon’s ex-boyfriend. Every time they run into each other, it’s awkward — for her. Clearly, he’s moved on and his life is perfect,” says Christie, “so it’s fun.”
Right now, he’s getting ready to begin shooting SyFy’s July-premiering series, “Alphas,” with David Straithairn. “I actually just relocated to Toronoto,” notes Christie, who grew up in the area. “I’ll be here shooting for the next five months.”
“Alphas” is about a group of people “with heightened abilities — we’re not saying super heroes — and David Straithairn is the doctor who helps them all to cope. These abilities have drawbacks in their personal lives,” he says of the series, created by “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “The Incredible Hulk” writer Zak Penn. “It’s cool — a nice blend of action and comedy and all that stuff.”