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Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn at the Atlanta Hawks game

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn cheered on the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn cheered on the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn are about to bid Atlanta farewell, but not before taking in an Atlanta Hawks game.

The two comic actors, who have been here filming “Neighborhood Watch,” sat courtside Wednesday night to cheer the Hawks on to victory over the Trail Blazers. We caught up with them during halftime.

“I’m having the Atlanta experience,” Stiller told us. “It’s been fun.”

In his downtime, he and his family have enjoyed Atlanta’s cultural amenities including the High Museum, where he toured the Picasso/Warhol exhibit the other day. He also said he was able to visit Atlanta’s historic Ebeneezer Baptist Church on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn with their "Neighborhood Watch" co-star Richard Ayoade

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn with their "Neighborhood Watch" co-star Richard Ayoade

“It was amazing, just the history there,” Stiller said. “(King) has always been a hero of mine.”

He’s also spent quite a bit of time at “Church,” (actually a bar called Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium) where he has been honing his table tennis skills.

“I’ve really taken it up on this trip,” he said. “If I had started younger, I could have made something of myself.

“Neighborhood Watch,” also starring Jonah Hill, is science fiction bromantic comedy about a bunch of suburban dads who stumble onto an alien plot to take over the earth. Since work on the project is just about wrapped up, we asked Vaughn if he now believes there are aliens living in the suburbs.

“I can neither confirm nor deny,” he deadpanned.

Ben Stiller with his stunt double, Greg Fitzpatrick

Ben Stiller with his stunt double, Greg Fitzpatrick

Like Stiller he is here with his family and has enjoyed Atlanta in his free time. He and his wife enjoy bike riding and have visited the Georgia Aquarium and Center for Puppetry Arts with their daughter.

“It’s a great place for families,” he said. The last time Vaughn was here, promoting the movie “The Dilemma” with Kevin James, he and James stopped by the Varsity for some Atlanta cuisine. This trip Vaughn has stayed away from the FOs and chili dogs, opting for a mostly vegan diet.

“I picked a bad time to eat better, since there are so many great restaurants here,” he said.

Stiller and Vaughn attended Wednesday’s game with a number of folks from “Neighborhood Watch” including cast member Richard Ayoade and Stiller’s stunt double Greg Fitzpatrick. They greeted NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne, who was introduced courtside during a break in the action. As they headed for the VIP lounge underneath the stands during halftime, the “Neighborhood Watch” crew passed a group of youth athletes who were attending the game, and high-fived all the little fellas.

The guys say they would like to film in Atlanta again.

“I’m from New York,” Stiller said. “And the people there are not not friendly. There’s just so many of them. People here are very friendly.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

16 comments Add your comment

KeepDreaming

January 19th, 2012
10:14 am

Cool, hope the movie is funny. Go Atlanta!

Derek

January 19th, 2012
11:05 am

Have to agree with Ben Stiller at the end. People are so much friendlier in Atlanta than they are in New York City. I’m an Irish man and been to both cities and watched the game last night. Hawks played great :)

Safensound45

January 19th, 2012
12:57 pm

Cool interview, glad they were able to have the “Atlanta Experience.” Thanks Jennifer!

Dr. Warren

January 19th, 2012
1:12 pm

Those Atlanta compliments seem forced, or PR-driven to me.

name

January 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

where were they filming? I saw a crew setup off of Northside Dr. in Buckhead the past 3 days, was that the set?

Oh well....

January 19th, 2012
2:45 pm

“I’m from New York,” Stiller said. “And the people there are not not friendly. There’s just so many of them. People here are very friendly.”

Seriously, I always find it funny how people always say this…. I’m from Atlanta and I have been to new york and the people were nicer than they are here; however, I must admit that most of the buttholes that I run into in my city nowadays are from new york and surrounding areas around the north…..

Valerie

January 19th, 2012
4:09 pm

Ben is funny ! Great Actor! Glad he enjoyed his visit to Atlanta! :)

CC

January 19th, 2012
4:09 pm

Yeh, Atlanta is not friendly but how would they know? They constantly have their butt’s kissed.

Mr Fernwell

January 19th, 2012
4:33 pm

They have been filming at the “FAUX” Costco on Jimmy Carter at Ptree Industrial. The old BJ’s.

anonymous

January 19th, 2012
7:31 pm

I guess you don’t like what I posted in my last comment?

Echo

January 19th, 2012
9:01 pm

That is one GOOD lookin’ stunt double there Ben! :)

Katie

January 20th, 2012
9:49 am

Gret Article Totally agree with the Echo comment

DaisyC

January 20th, 2012
12:08 pm

Who is that hot stunt double? Wow!

DaisyC

January 20th, 2012
12:17 pm

Love you too, Ben!

T Hargen

January 20th, 2012
2:56 pm

The guy in the pic between them is gorgeous

On Set

January 21st, 2012
10:16 am

Bens stunt double is Greg Fitzpatrick – google him. He is a great stunt actor (body and photo double too) and a heck of a nice guy. I worked on set the whole shoot and had the pleasure of meeting and working with Greg and the entire cast and crew for over 3 months. The film wrapped last nite and the party was great ! Fantastic experience !