Owen Wilson “I Can’t Imagine Doing Something Mean!”
Playing a trainee Google employee in his latest comedy The Internship has given this funny actor the perfect platform to expose the way people have fallen victim to modern technology. Here, Owen talks about his new release and his own personal struggle with technology—especially when it comes to dating.
Cosmo: What is it that keeps people wanting to see comedy on screen?
Owen Wilson: “People love to laugh. I remember seeing something about people filling out a questionnaire about themselves and the one characteristic that everyone gave themselves credit for was a sense of humour.”
C: Do you Google and what is the last thing you Googled?
OW: “Yeah, I Google ESPN to check the scores and some kind of news. It’s like a personal thing. Like, I would think it’s a slight invasion of privacy to Google somebody before you went out with them. But now I realise that people do that. I would still feel that if we were going to go out for a drink and I was like, ‘Let me Google this girl’, it would be kind of creepy.”
C: Have you ever had a date where you were an a**hole, like in the movie?
OW: “I don’t really have that side to me where I would find it easy to be mean to somebody, so I couldn’t do that. But I am sure there have been times unintentionally where I have been thoughtless or somebody has perceived something of me, but I can’t imagine doing something mean.”
C: The movie is about second chances... did you ever happen to be in the same situation?
OW: “Yeah. I think everybody needs second chances because nobody is perfect. You are always going to be making mistakes. There aren’t many people who get to do one thing and then start something a little bit later in life and be successful, and feel glad about it. I haven’t had that chance because I managed to do okay in this, but maybe at some point it would be fun to try something else. I have fun doing what I am doing.”
C: What does it mean to you to work again with Vince Vaugnn?
OW: “It was nice to work with someone who is a friend and sort of be inspired to try to do good stuff.”