"And I think that’s why Chris liked the script, because he was like, it’s not about that. Their problems have nothing to do with interracial. And then the little elements that show up, those little creatures, and they slowly and insidiously kind of bring up shit into Marion’s life and his life, and suddenly their loss of intimacy, they lose their life basically by having those intruders. I mean, if you were living what they’re living, it’s not like insane. I mean, not that I have pot dealers at home, because I don’t smoke pot, but I have friends that smoke pot all the time, and having someone drop someone off, I’ve seen it happen, it’s not a big deal.
But things get, one on top of each other: the ex-boyfriend flirting with the sister of Mingus, everything starts to wear them down, one thing after another, and then it gets to the point where it starts to get ugly.
And I think that’s why Chris liked the script, because he was like, it’s not about that. Their problems have nothing to do with interracial.
Interracial marriage is a form of marriage outside a specific social group (exogamy) involving spouses who belong to different socially-defined races or racialized ethnicities.
While in the previous film, Marion and her boyfriend (played by real-life ex Adam Goldberg) were visiting her hometown in France and dealing with the consequences of culture clash and the difficulties of adult relationships, here she is in her adopted home of New York, her family invading the settled life she has created with her son and new boyfriend, Mingus.
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Delpy stars again as Marion, a semi-frazzled French ex-pat with a crazy, meddlesome, but somehow lovable family.
The best compliment for him, and for me as a director, is that you forget it’s Chris Rock.
And it’s so hard for comedians to be forgotten in a part, to really lose themselves in a character. Even when I’m watching the film, I forget: is this Chris Rock? And I even worked with him, we spoke about how the guy’s dressed, that he wears glasses, that is hair is longer. I’m very good at handling a crew and making decisions, I’m very very quick, very organized.
He was Delpy's first choice for the film, and that they form an interracial couple is almost besides the point. " Film Review: 2 Days in New York THR: What’s the difference between an American in Paris, and French people in New York? Delpy: It’s different -- I mean, an American in Paris was really a fish out of water. Ex-boyfriends, the city, taxi drivers, the people: everything seems like it’s attacking and closing in.
"I was like, okay, we’re not in 1962, I’m not going to make a mix couple where, that’s the subject matter of the film," she says. This is a movie, it’s a man and a woman, that’s the problem. The city was taking over, almost the city was more present. Here it’s very different, like everything is fine, they’re in New York, they’re in their element, everything should be fine.