Filming a film in San Francisco has its advantages, not the least of that are its camera-ready skyline and delightful bay-side surroundings.
However it may well additionally has its challenges. Simply ask Ali Wong, who grew up within the metropolis and pushed to shoot her new Netflix rom-com “All the time Be My Possibly” in her hometown. She factors to a very tough evening of filming exterior the Palace of High quality Arts.
“We shot it in July and it was freezing,” she says in regards to the movie wherein she stars with Randall Park (“Recent Off the Boat”). “It was 65 levels and it felt extra like 45 — like we had been out on the tundra. We weren’t prepared for that.”
After which there was the outside evening shoot, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, that Nahnatchka Khan remembers with dread.
“The fog was so dense and a fog horn was continually going off, making it laborious to listen to the actors,” Khan mentioned. “Our sound particular person simply needed to surrender and leap within the ocean. Even the script pages had been getting all moist.”
However all concerned rose to the problem and received the job carried out. “All the time Be My Possibly” drops on Netflix Friday Might 31.
Wong, who was raised in Pacific Heights and attended San Francisco College Excessive Faculty, thought it important to do the movie within the metropolis.
“San Francisco is such a giant a part of me,” she mentioned. “And I’ve at all times been a fan of TV exhibits the place town seems like an precise character. San Francisco could be very a lot woven into our story.
That story follows childhood buddies Sasha and Marcus (Wong and Park), who’ve a falling out as teenagers and don’t converse for 15 years. Sasha strikes away from San Francisco and turns into a celeb chef. It’s not till she returns to her hometown to open a brand new restaurant, that she runs into her outdated pal.
Marcus, not like Sasha, has spent his years off the quick observe. He’s now a fortunately complacent musician nonetheless residing at dwelling and dealing for his widowed dad. Although Marcus and Sasha are initially reluctant to reconnect, they quickly uncover that they nonetheless have emotions for each other.
Like their characters, Wong and Park have loved a lenghty friendship.They’ve recognized one another since their days as college students at UCLA. They’ve carried out improv and standup comedy collectively, and Wong spent a while writing for “Recent Off the Boat,” the ABC sitcom wherein Park stars. For “All the time Be My Possibly,” they collaborated on the script, together with Michael Golamco.
“We’ve needed to do a rom-com for years and we had been very influenced by ‘When Harry Met Sally,’” Park mentioned. “However we needed to do one thing in another way than the standard assembly of strangers. We needed the characters to have some historical past collectively.”
Though the movie’s co-stars have their very own historical past collectively, Wong admits that she was curious to see if their chemistry would translate to the display screen.
“On our first day of taking pictures, I discovered myself questioning: ‘Is that this going to be film magic?’” she mentioned.
Park, nonetheless, had no doubts.
“It by no means entered my thoughts,” he insisted. “We’ve recognized one another so lengthy. I knew it might click on.”
One other facet of the movie that clicked: Keanu Reeves, recent off his shoot for “John Wick 3,” signed on to do a hilarious cameo wherein he performs a cartoonish model of himself — and a rival for Sasha’s affections.
“We despatched him the script and he requested for a gathering immediately,” mentioned Khan. “He received it. He was completely recreation.”
So recreation that, in a single scene, he absorbs a punch to the face from Park’s character.
“Hitting him was a thrill,” Park joked. “It was among the finest moments of my skilled profession.”