Australian actress Naomi Watts has discussed her involvement in the upcoming comedy film St Vincent.
The Oscar-nominated star of King Kong and The Impossible told CBS News about what is was like to work with comedian-actors Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy.
She said: “It was an incredible break for me not having done that much comedy and to be in the middle of those two people, two of the great comedic geniuses.”
On her collaboration with Murray, she added: “The anticipation of it was terrifying. I just thought this is going to be so scary because he’s so good what he does. I heard he doesn’t suffer fools and doesn’t fall in love with everyone right away, and so I was kind of terrified and just not having done comedy before or for a long time.”
The film sees Watts play a pregnant Russian stripper who is romantically involved with Murray’s drunk, layabout character Vincent.
Speaking about having to tackle the accent in front of Murray, Watts said: “I decided the only way to approach it was to arrive in character and not give him a chance to see any of my fear and so I had the accent down and I also knew that I’d be improvising with him because, you know, he goes wherever he wants to go.”
She further digested about putting on a prosthetic baby bump in order to look pregnant.
“That took hours of standing on a slanted board while they applied it. All great things that help you make this sort of wacky fun character,” she explained.
The film’s main plot focuses on Vincent’s unlikely friendship with a young boy whose mother (played by McCarthy) is unable to look after him full-time.
St Vincent is due out in the UK on December 5th.