About The Production
Imagine ten glorious days aboard a
deluxe ocean liner, waking up every morning in beautiful port towns in Egypt,
Turkey or the Greek Isles, soaking up the Mediterranean sun by day and dancing
and gambling away every night. It hardly sounds like a typical film production.
But in the case of Boat Trip, a hysterical fish-out-of-water odyssey
about two guys who find themselves stranded aboard a gay cruise, it was just
part of the job description. In making a movie about a cruise, producer
Brad Krevoy and director Mort Nathan, in their first collaboration since
everyone's favorite comedy Kingpin (starring Woody Harrelson and Bill
Murray), decided to bring their production on a cruise. The result was Boat
Trip's unconventional floating film production, where, according to all
reports, the cast and crew had as much fun making the movie as audiences have
had watching it.
"The entire production completely
surpassed my expectations," says Cuba Gooding Jr., who stars as Jerry, a
heartbroken bachelor who meets the woman of his dreams aboard the cruise.
"It was a great time."
"It was like a sleep over. A huge
sleep over where no one went home!" says Horatio Sanz, who co-stars as
Nick, Jerry's bumbling, over-sexed best friend. "We did all the things
you do on a cruise. Gamble. Lie in the sun. Have drinks by the pool."
essentially continues the gleefully crass tradition that the Farrelly brothers
and Krevoy began with Dumb and Dumber and Kingpin, which Nathan
also wrote. The comedy also seemed like the perfect way for Nathan and Krevoy to
further their partnership. Together, they decided that Nathan, who has years of
experience in television and won two Emmy's for his writing and producing work
on "The Golden Girls," would make Boat Trip his directorial
"Boat Trip follows the
fish-out-of-water model of Some Like It Hot," says Nathan.
"These two guys are forced to take on new identities, and in the process,
they discover new sides of themselves. By the end of the film, Cuba's
character is dancing in drag in a floor show and he's loving it. It's about
The entire production for Boat Trip,
along with several dozen extras, boarded a cruise in Athens and traveled
throughout the Mediterranean for ten days. Since the cost of renting an entire
cruise liner was prohibitive, the production actually shared the ship
with vacationing tourists, who became eager witnesses to an American production
of a soon-to-be comedy hit.
"We took over about half the
boat," says Krevoy. "So the big challenge was not ruining the
experience of the other paying passengers. One way was to get them involved in
the project by casting them as extras, which was a lot of fun."
"I was definitely nervous about it
at first," recalls Nathan. "It could have been a recipe for disaster
because there were so many variables. But it actually worked out beautifully. We
shot most of our exteriors when the ship was in port and the passengers were out
exploring. Everyone was incredibly nice and respectful."
For Gooding, however, being stranded in
the middle of the Mediterranean with hundreds of enthusiastic fans and no means
of escape initially looked like his worst nightmare. "At first, I was
horrified and I just stayed in my state room when I wasn't f
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