Universal Pictures presents in association with Relativity Media a Blugrass Films / Aggregate Films production of a film by Seth Gordon starring Jason Bateman "Sandy Patterson", Melissa McCarthy "Diana", Jon Favreau "Harold Cornish", Amanda Peet "Trish Patterson", Tip “T.I.” Harris "Julian", Genesis Rodriguez "Marisol", Morris Chestnut "Detective Reilly", John Cho "Daniel Casey", Robert Patrick "Skiptracer", Eric Stonestreet "Big Chuck", Ellie Kemper "Waitress". Story by: Jerry Eeten and Craig Mazin. Screenplay by: Craig Mazin. Produced by: Scott Stuber, Jason Bateman, Pamela Abdy. Director of Photography: Javier Aguirresarobe, ASC . Costume Designer: Carol Ramsey. Music Supervisor: Dana Sano. Music by: Christopher Lennertz. RELEASE DATES: 27 MARCH 2013 (FRANCE) / 8 FEBRUARY 2013 (USA)
Horrible Bosses’ JASON BATEMAN and Bridesmaids’ MELISSA McCARTHY pair up to lead the cast of Identity Thief, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score. Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”… and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. in Denver. Accused of a litany of crimes, the innocent man attempts to defend himself to police that are just as hamstrung and overworked as they are disinterested in his protestations. Left with just one option, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson must head south to track her down himself. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, Sandy hits the road to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Colorado, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back. Joining Bateman and McCarthy for the outrageous comedy are co-stars JON FAVREAU (Iron Man series) as Harold Cornish, Sandy’s pompous and egocentric boss at Prominence Financial; AMANDA PEET (2012) as Trish, Sandy’s extremely patient wife and mother of their two young girls; TIP ‘T.I.’ HARRIS (American Gangster) and GENESIS RODRIGUEZ (What to Expect When You’re Expecting) as Julian and Marisol, a pair of ruthless bounty hunters hot on Diana and Sandy’s trail; JONATHAN BANKS (television’s Breaking Bad) as Paul, the crime boss to whom Julian and Marisol report; MORRIS CHESTNUT (Think Like a Man) as Reilly, the Denver police detective whose hands are tied when it comes to clearing Sandy’s name; JOHN CHO (Harold & Kumar series) as Daniel Casey, Sandy’s co-worker at Prominence who stages a coup at their office; ROBERT PATRICK (Safe House) as the skiptracer who will stop at nothing to bring Diana back to his very unforgiving employer; and ERIC STONESTREET (television’s Modern Family) as Big Chuck, Diana’s one-night paramour (and the bane of Sandy’s existence) on the open road. Directed by Horrible Bosses’ SETH GORDON, Identity Thief is produced by the team of SCOTT STUBER (Ted), Bateman and PAMELA ABDY (upcoming 47 Ronin). The comedy’s screenplay is written by CRAIG MAZIN (The Hangover Part II), from a story by JERRY EETEN (The Watchman) and Mazin. On the technical side, Gordon and the producers have surrounded themselves with a crew that includes many of Gordon’s previous collaborators, led by production designer SHEPHERD FRANKEL (Horrible Bosses, Four Christmases), editor PETER TESCHNER (Horrible Bosses, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), costume designer CAROL RAMSEY (Horrible Bosses, Meet the Fockers), composer CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ (Horrible Bosses, Think Like a Man) and cinematographer JAVIER AGUIRRESAROBE (The Others, The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Executive producers on the project are PETER MORGAN (Killers) and DAN KOLSRUD (Role Models).
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Diana dances it out with Big Chuck (ERIC STONESTREET) at The Foxhole.
IDENTITY THIEF Universal Pictures presents in association with Relativity Media a Blugrass Films / Aggregate Films' Comedy directed by Seth Gordon with Jason Bateman.
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TED Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital present a Fuzzy Door production, a Bluegrass Films production, a Smart Entertainment production.
PITCH PERFECT Brownstone Productions, Gold Circle Films' Comedy, Music directed by Jason Moore starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt.
SAVAGES Universal Pictures presents in association with Relativity Media a Moritz Borman production, an Oliver Stone's Crime, Drama, Thriller.
Traveling America: Locations and Design While a majority of Identity Thief takes place during Sandy and Diana’s epic road trip from Winter Park, Florida, to Denver, Colorado, the crew shot the lion’s share of the production in Atlanta, Georgia. “We scouted a lot of states, but the interesting thing about Georgia was that there are a lot of very different landscapes and terrains throughout the state that are not far from downtown Atlanta,” explains Abdy. “By shooting in Georgia we were able to find locations to cover all of the states [including Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and naturally, Georgia] the story tracks through. All we had to do was send a small unit to get some of the iconic landmarks and landscapes of various cities traveling in motion.” Gordon expounds upon his producer’s note: “We needed to make Georgia look like Diana and Sandy traveled from just outside Orlando all the way to Denver. We had to capture the look of all the states that were on that journey, so it was a real challenge. Shepherd Frankel, our production designer, did an amazing job finding all of the different looks we needed to make it feel like a long journey.” For Frankel, who has collaborated on all of Gordon’s movies, the challenge wasn’t just shooting a road trip movie in one state, but also creating the enormous number of sets needed for the film. “When I first read the script, I thought, ‘Wow! This is fantastic!’” recalls Frankel. “But when I broke down the screenplay, I saw that it covered 10 states and 94 sets. I asked myself, ‘How are we going to get 10 states and all of those environments in and around the Atlanta area?’ “In a road trip film, the key is to show topography and the geography when our actors are in various places,” he continues. “So one of the first things I did was put together a roadmap that showed the journey and made sense of the timeline and where they were in relation to the script, and how long it actually took to get places. That way, we could have a roadmap that we could scout and figure out how to pull it off.” Another challenge for the production was putting the lead actors in the small confined space that was Sandy’s rental car for significant periods of time. Explains Stuber: “When you shoot a road movie, there is obviously a lot of driving and the various car rigs give you an advantage of being able to cross-shoot in the car scenes so you don’t have to do each actor’s coverage separately. This way, all the jokes feel organic. However, the actors are stuck in a car with seat belts and can’t move around their environment, so we better be funny.” From the first shot that involved Bateman chasing down McCarthy on the shoulder of a Georgia highway, it was clear that the chemistry between the two actors was dynamic. Abdy recalls that day: “It was awesome to watch Jason and Melissa together for the first time. You envision how it’s going to be, but until you’re there with the lights, costumes and cameras you just don’t know. So when the chemistry between your actors comes alive, it’s one of the most exciting parts of filmmaking.” For McCarthy, the driving scenes with Bateman were among her favorite moments during the shoot. “I loved a lot of the driving scenes with Jason because they made me laugh out loud,” shares McCarthy. “I ruined so many takes because Jason just kills me, and it was so fun to sit in the car and say the most insane things back and forth.” For Bateman, the feeling was mutual: “I loved the scenes where Melissa and I were sitting in the car and my character has to deal with all of her absurd behavior and endless stories. During those scenes, I would pinch the inside of my thighs so that I wouldn’t laugh in the middle of the take. It was somewhat effective, but by the end of the film, my legs were covered in pinch marks. In the car I also had a great seat to watch Melissa create moments and be as nimble as she is. She’s constantly pivoting and keeping things fresh and making the next take better. As she became more familiar with how I would react to what she said, she would bend that next beat to where it needed to go. She’s a comedic ninja, and it was so much fun to work with her.” Universal Pictures presents—in association with Relativity Media—a Bluegrass Films/Aggregate Films production of a Seth Gordon film: Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet. The music is by Christopher Lennertz, and the music supervisor is Dana Sano. Identity Thief’s costume designer is Carol Ramsey, and it is edited by Peter Teschner. The film’s production designer is Shepherd Frankel, and the director of photography is Javier Aguirresarobe, ASC. The comedy’s executive producers are Peter Morgan, Dan Kolsrud; it is produced by Scott Stuber, Jason Bateman, Pamela Abdy. The story is by Jerry Eeten and Craig Mazin, and the screenplay is by Craig Mazin. Identity Thief is directed by Seth Gordon. © 2013 Universal Studios.
FILM CLIP #1 "Diana attacks Sandy in her house" (VO)
FILM CLIP #2 "Diana points out a flaw in Sandy´s plan" (VO)
FILM CLIP #3 "Diana orders at the diner" (VO)
FILM CLIP #4 "Sandy meets Diana and Big Chuck at the bar" (VO)
FILM CLIP #5 "Sandy asks Diana where his shoes came from" (VO)
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ #2 "Marisol and Julian threaten Big Chuck" (VO)
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ #3 "Marisol and Julian catch up with the Skiptracer" (VO)
PREMIERE #1 Craig Mazin (VO)
PREMIERE #2 Amanda Peet (VO)
PREMIERE #3 Morris Chestnut (VO)
PREMIERE #4 Mary-Charles Jones and Maggie Elizabeth Jones (VO)
PREMIERE #5 Genesis Rodriguez (VO)
PREMIERE #6 Eric Stonestreet (VO)
PREMIERE #7 Tip "T.I."Harris (VO)
PREMIERE #8 Jason Bateman (VO)
PREMIERE #9 Melissa McCarthy (VO)
B-ROLL Part #1 (VO)
B-ROLL Part #2 (VO)
INTERVIEWS #1 Genesis Rodriguez & Tip "T.I." Harris (VO)
INTERVIEWS #2 Jason Bateman & Melissa McCarthy (VO)