Confetti: The Wedding Planners interview
Vincent Franklin (Vera Drake, Topsy-Turvy) and Jason Watkins (Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason) play camp as Christmas wedding planners in Debbie Issit enjoyable wedding romp Confetti. Starring a whole host of British talent, including Martin Freeman and Jimmy Carr - the entire film was created without a script.
LOVEFiLM: You play the Wedding Planners in Confetti, knowing the entire film has been improvised - how much of a hand did you have in actually planning the weddings?
Vincent Franklin: Nearly all of it, we had a whole production crew who we would go and feed stuff back to. The naturists' wedding we choreographed, because they do a little dance! And we choreographed the dance of the ball boys in the tennis couple's wedding - which I think is the triumph of the film!
Jason Watkins: We knocked that out in a couple of hours…
VF: I think it would be wrong to say we did all of it, but the thing to point out is we didn't just improvise the dialogue, we improvised the whole film. We weren't told: "just tell them [the couples] it's going to look like this," We were actually finding out what they want. We had rows in the production meetings were they kept saying we couldn't have stuff, but we were saying "We bloody can!"
LF: So did you know which of the couple's were going to win then?
VF & JW: No!
LF: But the couple who won on the actual day, didn't end up winning in the final cut of the film?
VF: I don't know, because we never saw what the judges did.
JW: There's still stuff that we don't know. There are a lot of things that the couples don't know as well. Like for example, the first time we met the registrar, the wonderful….oh God what's his name?!
VF: Ha ha! You can't say "the wonderful" and then forget his name!
JW: He's just one of the funniest actors I've ever met, Mark Heap (Green Room). Well we were encouraged not to talk to him the first time we met him. It was at lunch, and the people who were giving out lunch were kind of ASBO kids - they all looked grey - like they hadn't had a vitamin or a mineral in their lives. Debbie [the director] encouraged us not to talk to him until we actually did the scene. So it was very Mike Liegh in that way.
LF: Did you have a favourite couple? Was there anyone you really wanted to win?
JW: Uh no, I didn't.
VF: By the end I think I was developing one a bit, but bizarrely…
JW: A bit of a crush?
VF: Bit of a crush! While they weren't my favourite couple because they were really horrible, but I really wanted the tennis couple to win - which I think made our lives a lot easier! When you're trying to make these weddings happen, the passive characters kind of go: "We just want it all to be lovely." But when you've got a couple who go, "We want to win, we want the best, we want this, we want that" you can run with it…
JW: You either say yes or no
VF: Yeah. So in some ways I didn't want them to win because they were horrible but there was part of me that thought, "I didn't want you to lose! But then I didn't want you to win either!
JW: You're crying! [wipes away a tear]
VF: I know! it was such an emotional experience for me! [laughs] People have said that the film is a satire on the wedding industry, but I don't think it's a satire at all, I think it's a romantic comedy that has a bit of a laugh, because anything as absurd as worrying what kind of colour your tablecloth is funny! But it isn't a satire saying people shouldn't behave like that, its saying isn't it all a bit crazy that we do this and at the end of the day it should be about marriage, not a wedding.
LF: Was it really exhausting to have to stay in character pretty much all the time when you were on set?
VF: Well yes and no. Because it was such a long day, you were there for 8 hours; it would be a lie to say that in that entire 8 hours you stayed in character. It wasn't like there was a script where you go "Ok, we know that this scene is going to be this long" and then you just stop.
LF: Obviously a lot of the comedy comes from clashing with the couples. Did you ever find yourself making choices that you knew the couples would hate in the name of comedy?
VF: I don't think we did, because I think we really believed in doing what they wanted.
JW: But then the more seriously you take it, the funnier it's going to be anyway.
LF: Did anybody get hurt during the scrap that takes place between you and one of the couple's on the tennis court?
VF: Steven did! I'm a fifteen and a half stone ex-prop forward, but my glasses got broken.
VF: It was a real fight and people did get hurt, but was it funny?
LF: Yeah it was good!
VF: Then we don't care!
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