About The Making of "Overboard"
After writing, producing, directing and starring in the box-office smash,
Not Included in 2012, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film of all time,
Derbez created Los
Angeles based production company 3Pas Studios with Ben Odell former President of
of Pantelion Films. They wanted to create a brand that audiences would associate
warmth and humor.
Eugenio's follow up feature, How To Be A Latin Lover, produced by 3Pas, made
nearly $60 million
worldwide as it continues its run in the U.S. and Latin America. With 26 million
Derbez has become one of the most influential Hispanic voices in the
The much loved original Overboard, starring Goldie Hawn as a spoiled heiress and
as a working class carpenter, hired to work on her yacht, was released in 1987.
MGM had been
looking for a way to reimagine it for some time. Executives approached Derbez
believing they'd come up with a fresh take on the story.
"We loved Overboard," says Derbez. "That's why we decided to make this film, but
it's a different
world now. We wanted to make a film that everyone would enjoy, whether they'd
original or not."
"First of all, we thought we should flip the roles, to get away from any
comparisons," says Odell.
"Who would want to step into Goldie Hawn's shoes, when she did it so
spectacularly? Once we
flipped the story, we found there were a lot of advantages.
All of a sudden you have an ultra-wealthy Mexican, which is immediately breaking
In Hollywood, it's typical to see the Mexican playing the cook, the gardener,
the immigrant. You
also have a man going into a woman's world and taking on a domestic role by
running the house.
That's a very contemporary situation.
We also wanted to set the film in a diverse community, so we had Mexican
characters at all
economic levels. We get to explore the gamut of what 'Latino' is in a very
The script was written by comedy writers, Rob Greenberg (How I Met Your Mother)
Fisher (The Wedding Crashers). When Greenberg and Fisher heard they wanted to
flip the roles,
they saw the potential and jumped on board.
Greenberg and Fisher didn't know Derbez's work, but they soon discovered he was
"We watched a bunch of his un-translated stuff on YouTube," they say. "We had no
idea what he
was talking about, and we were still cracking up. He's a brilliant physical
comedian, which is rare.
He's empathetic, real, with a lot of emotional depth, while still being
This movie has a big and in some ways ridiculous premise and to make it work, it
has to be
grounded. If we believe these are real people, in real situations, with real
problems, we'll relate
to them and root for them. We were inspired by romantic-comedies like Tootsie,
Groundhog Day, which are all funny and emotionally rich films, with big bold
conceits, but the
narratives are rooted in the real world.
By switching things and playing around with gender, race, class and the mix of
were able to make it feel contemporary and reflective of the world we live in
When it came to choosing a director, Greenberg and Fisher were so prepared, they
were hard to
beat. So, after a lifetime of creating comedy, Rob found himself directing his
Overboard went into production in the Vancouver area, in Canada's Pacific North
the late spring and early summer of 2017. The picturesque fishing village of
Steveston and the
original capital of British Columbia, Fort Langley,served as the fictional town
of Elk Cove, Oregon.
Scenes of the yacht "at sea" were filmed in the Georgia Straight, while scenes
on the yacht
docked, were filmed in the harbor at Steveston.
In preparing to play Leonardo, Derbez contemplated how to make his character
"When I was watching the original movie," he says, "one of the things I really
watching Goldie Hawn's performance, even though the character was mean and a
being, was that she was charming. I needed to find a way to do the same thing.
Even though Leo
is a jerk and he's always mistreating people, I wanted him to be charming,
loveable in a way."
"It's very difficult not to love Eugenio," says producing partner, Odell. "No
matter the character,
he has a childlike innocence that shines through. I think the time has come to
show the world
who Eugenio is."
All agreed that Anna Faris was the perfect counterpart for Derbez. Overboard
marks her return
to the big screen after several years in television. She currently stars in the
comedy Mom, opposite Allison Janney, now in its fifth season.
"We love Anna Faris," say Greenberg and Fisher. "She's one of America's best
She has a star quality but there's something very self-effacing about her. She
has a vulnerability,
a quirkiness, a real humanity, an inner life. She has immaculate comic timing.
She and Goldie are
really similar in a lot of ways." says Odell.
"The second Anna and I met, we clicked," says Derbez. "There's nothing better
than when you
have chemistry with your co-star. Anna was exactly as I imagined. She's funny,
full of energy.
She's always making jokes. She's an amazing human being. It's very easy to work
with her. She's
always feeding you funny stuff. Sometimes, I wasn't reacting I was watching her
amused by her. I'm so happy Anna was with us and besides, she looks like Goldie
Kate's three daughters, played by Hannah Nordberg, Alyvia Alyn Lind and Payton
together early in the process. "They have a chemistry that's real," says Odell.
"It's beautiful to
Overboard gives Derbez the opportunity to introduce fellow Mexican actors to an
audience. "Eugenio is our cinematic trailblazer," says Jesus Ochoa. "I'm so
proud of what he is
doing in the United States." "If I can be a bridge for all this great talent we
have in Mexico, I'm
really happy," says Derbez. "They are equal to any Hollywood actors," says
Lujan, who plays Papi, is one of Mexico's most legendary comic actors."
"I would like Latinos to come out of the movie feeling proud," says Odell.
"We're making the film
with a Latino sensibility. I want them to feel part of the mainstream and I'd
like the mainstream
to feel the diversity in our conversation is exciting."
"While we were filming, some people were speaking entirely in Spanish, others
English," says Rodriguez. "It's been great to come together, not just as actors,
but as human
beings. You need to see this film. It represents America today."
Overboard will be released in the U.S. by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and
Pantelion Films on
May 4, 2018.
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