When a film has two of the biggest and most charismatic movie stars in the world as its leads, it’s almost inevitable that the marketing and promotional materials are going to be centered squarely on the two of them and their chemistry. That’s exactly what Sony’s been doing with Passengers, the studio’s new high-profile sci-fi love story, by pairing Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence together for as many moments of publicity as possible.
Predictably, more than a few interview moments and clips of the two stars interacting have gone viral already over the past several weeks, and it seems like Sony’s faith in the actors has already paid off. However, this latest clip might just be the best thing that the Passengers press tour has churned out yet.
During their appearance on BBC Radio 1, Lawrence and Pratt were pitted against each other in a game of Playground Insults, in which the two stars proceeded to insult each other for almost five minutes straight. Some of the highlights include Pratt asking Lawrence, “Why’d they call it Joy?” and “How’s it feel being in the stupidest Marvel movie?” in reference to her recent role in this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The whole clip is filled with some fairly hilarious digs, though some of them are NSFW.
On paper alone, Passengers seems like one of this year’s guaranteed hits, with both Lawrence and Pratt having established track records of bringing in large box office numbers with their previous films. Combined, the pair are an onscreen match made in studio heaven. However, online and general hype surrounding Passengers has been low leading into its Christmas week release date, with the film currently being overshadowed by other releases.
It will be interesting to see how well Passengers stands out amongst a fairly packed end-of-the-year crowd, and if Pratt and Lawrence’s names alone will be enough to bring general moviegoers into the theaters. The two have certainly been doing their jobs (and more) throughout the film’s rather lengthy worldwide press tour, but with a number of highly anticipated films also being released closely around it, the seemingly limitless number of options could end up hurting the film rather than helping it — especially with the critical acclaim and positive early word of mouth that films like La La Land and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been on the receiving end of so far.
Source: BBC Radio 1