Christina Applegate and Ed Helms in Vacation (Warner Bros. Pictures)
At first when Ed Helms got the film script of Vacation, he was rather surprised and somewhat didn’t know what to do or say.
“I paused; that’s a good way to put it. When I first got the script, I just thought ‘no way’. This is sacred…this is one of my favorite movies,” he says when asked about taking over this franchise. “…But as soon as I read it I realized it wasn’t a remake. It was technically a sequel just 30 years later.”
Vacation is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein and also features an all-star cast in Christina Applegate (Debbie Griswold, Rusty’s wife), Skyler Gisondo (James), Steele Stebbins (Kevin), Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Chevy Chase and others.
“This is all new and it’s all fresh,” adds Helms. “And I can look at this character…and really just bring my own instincts and energy to it and that felt great.”
Helms also notes that for him, it was an honor to be a part of it and that legacy he loves so much.
Helms, of course, refers to his character Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold (played by Chase in Vacation and in National Lampoon’s Vacation). Vacation is the fifth theatrical and the seventh total installment of the National Lampoon’s Vacation series, one that Helms is a fan of.
In this much-anticipated summer comedy, Rusty follows the same path his father Clark took many years ago. He and his family take a much needed vacation while embarking on a cross-country trip. His wife, Debbie, and the kids are surprised. What turns out to be a family-bonding experience results in being a rather comical experience, particularly for the audience watching the flick.
Hemsworth is hilarious. Applegate is sexy and beautiful as ever, while also providing several laughs. Helms, however, makes this movie his own. It seems like he really connected with his character.
“Oh yea, we had a blast,” says Applegate with regarding to filming Vacation.
She also mentions that this new movie is different from the first ones released.
“It’s a modern adventure…with modern points of view,” she says.
Vacation is now playing.