Since “The Change-Up” is back in town shooting a few more scenes before its August release, we visited with the movie’s two cute stars the other day.
No, not Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. We checked in with Luke and Lauren Bain, the adorable 15-month-old East Cobb twins who landed roles in the comedy, which was mostly filmed here last year.
Their mom, Missy Bain, teaches second grade at Mt. Bethel Elementary, and the parent of one of her students alerted her to the movie’s need for twin babies last summer. She sent in their photos and took them to an “audition” so the casting folks could meet them.
“I never thought anything about it after that,” Missy Bain said. But her twins clearly had star power and nabbed the parts. They filmed for 19 days late last fall, mostly in a studio but also in a private Buckhead home. It was during a dining room scene in the home that Luke displayed his skill for improv, sending a plate of bananas and Cheerios flying from his high chair.
“They loved it!” Bain said.
In the movie Reynolds and Bateman play two buddies who switch bodies, “Freaky Friday” style. So Bateman’s character becomes a father on the fly who struggles to herd two busy babies. The movie poster, where Luke is crawling over one of Bateman’s shoulders and Lauren is perched on his arm half coming out of her diaper, gives you the idea.
But even though Bateman’s character might appear to be sort of juggling the twins on camera, a special hidden harness kept the kids securely strapped in during those comic bits.
“We were on set the whole time,” Missy Bain said. “They were so great about safety. There were scenes in the bathtub and in the sink. They had us come test the water temperature. They thought of everything.”
The crew even kept the Bains’ 7-year-old, J.J., in mind. They had a special mini director’s chair made just for him so he would feel like part of the action. When we asked J.J. what he thought of his famous siblings he responded with the candor of a 7-year-old: “They got paid!” (All their movie earnings went into college funds.)
The Bain twins filmed a couple of days with Reynolds and the rest of the time with Bateman, who is a dad himself. On Sunday, when “The Change-Up” was filming at Phipps Plaza, the Bains went by to visit. Matthew Bain wound up in an extras role, playing a shopper, and the family enjoyed catching up with the cast and crew.
“Everyone was so nice, saying how big they had gotten,” said Missy Bain, who will be constructing commemorative shadow boxes with photos, script pages and other items from her kids’ movie experience. “It was such a great opportunity.”
Today, the twins are toddlers with curly locks, not the babies who crawled all over “The Change-Up” stars. Lauren seems to have retained some fond memories.
“She’ll see a picture of [Bateman] and smile,” Missy Bain said. “Luke’s too busy getting into everything!”
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzzfirstname.lastname@example.org