Behind the scenes of 'Keeping Up with the Joneses'
New comedy starring Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot aims to bring a little levity to the action-packed spy genre.
This month, American director Greg Mottola will debut "Keeping Up with the Joneses," a comedy about two spies posing as a normal suburban couple and the inquisitive neighbors who uncover their secret identities. American actor Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress best known as the new Wonder Woman, play the spies, while American comedian Zack Galifianakis and Australian actress Isla Fisher play the couple next door.
"That was one of the things that drew me to it was that my character is not just this straight-laced action-figure guy," Hamm shared in an interview with Collider. "He has a sense of humor and, I don’t think I’m giving anything away from the film, but as we sort of find out in the movie, he’s sort of a reluctant spy."
Below is everything we know about "Keeping up with the Joneses" ahead of its Oct. 21 release.
For Gadot, a role close to her heart
"I love comedy. In real life I'm the type of girl who doesn't take herself too seriously," the former Israeli supermodel and law student told Interview Magazine. "I'm very serious when it comes to work, but I like to make jokes and have a good laugh and make fun of myself."
On the set of "Joneses," Gadot said she found the experience of working with Hamm, Galifianakis and Fisher to be one laugh after another.
"There’s something different working on a comedy set because it’s all about who’s going to deliver the best punch, who’s going to make us laugh harder," she shared with ComingSoon. "It’s hilarious and such an amazing experience; I’m having the time of my life."
The reason Jon Hamm infuriates Zach Galifianakis
With a friendship that dates back more than 15 years, Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis have always been eager to work on the same film together. That said, Galifianakis has one big problem with the former "Mad Men" star: he's just too talented.
"You know, I've known Jon, I've known Jon before Jon was truly Jon Hamm, and he's a comedy guy," Galifianakis told CinemaBlend. "He's really funny, you know. A lot of leading type guys like that, they don't have humor. They think they do, but they don't. It's almost unfair that he can do both. It's really frustrating because I'm certainly not going to be a, no one is ever going to go, 'You know, Zach does handsome really well.'"
This is not the first time the two have appeared onscreen together. Galifianakis interviewed Hamm for a 2008 episode of "Between Two Ferns."
Gadot's 'Wonder Woman' training came in handy
While "Keeping up with the Joneses" is not as heavy on the action as other films Gal Gadot has recently completed, her character's occupation as a spy still required some physical moments. To that end, the actress says her extensive training to portray an iconic superhero came in handy.
"I have a very good stunt double who's doing a great job, but I got some great 'tools' from working as Wonder Women," she told JoBlo.
Gadot worked extensively in Israel with American trainer Mark Twight to prepare physically for her role as the Amazon warrior princess. Her daily routine included kung fu, kickboxing, swords and jujitsu, as well as pilates, weightlifting and a rising fitness trend called Krav Maga.
Isla Fisher's extremely healthy diet
What's the secret to Australian actress Isla Fisher's healthy lifestyle? The "Keeping Up with Joneses" star, who plays the wife of Galifianikis' character, says it all comes down to starting each day "with a massaged kale smoothie, a free range, organic, grass-fed, locally sourced single egg white and a delicious glass of alkaline water." To back up her claims, she included this hilarious photo on Instagram.
Gadot's lingerie scene is likely to inspire sales
Want to buy the same piece of stunning lingerie Gal Gadot is wearing in the above scene from "Keeping Up with the Joneses"? Better start saving. The beautiful piece, titled "La Perla," can be purchased from fashion shop Nancy Meyer for a wallet-busting $1,458.
As for Gadot, she credits her body's lean look to an active childhood growing up in Israel.
"I come from a very sporty background because my mom is a gymnastics teacher," she told Interview Magazine. "So growing up I was never sitting watching TV in the afternoons. I always played ball outside in the backyard. I was a dancer for 12 years. I did tennis, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, you name it."
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