In a particular bit of annoyance, Tomâ€™s colleague Alex (Chris Pratt) impregnates and marries Violetâ€™s sister, getting the start on life that Tom and Violet wish they could find for themselves. â€śAlex is a chef with Tom, but not nearly as good as he is,â€ť Pratt says. â€śHe is always screwing around and making completely sophomoric jokes about carrot wieners. When Tom and Violet decide to move to Michigan, Alex is left at the restaurant and ends up falling into the life that Tom always wanted. Over the course of five years, you see Alex go from being a low-level line cook to running the restaurant that Tom would have run. Everything that Tomâ€™s worked for and has tried so hard to get, he sees his best friend â€” who he knows is not as good as him â€” get it very easily.â€ť
There might be plenty of resentment onscreen from Tom to Alex, but thereâ€™s none apparent in Segelâ€™s tone as he talks about his costar. â€śChris is a comedy savant,â€ť he says. â€śIâ€™ve never been around somebody so quick and so funny. The movie started filming with a good deal of Chris and me, and it set a tone for how high the bar was raised comedically. His character is the loose-cannon friend. Heâ€™s the womanizer, and very early on in the movie, he meets Alison [Brie]â€™s character and gets her pregnant. It changes the course of his life. You watch him mature and become the adult in our relationship.â€ť
The Five-Year Engagement is available starting Sept. 4 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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