‘I Love My Dad’ Star James Morosini Talks Dating Patton Oswalt: ‘He’s a Phenomenal Kisser’

Director, writer and ‘I Love My Dad’ star James Morosini kisses and shares how he prepared for his bizarre makeup scenes with co-star Patton Oswalt.

“We hit it off beforehand,” said Morosini, who plays Oswalt’s son Franklin. Variety joking at the premiere of “I Love My Dad” at Largo at the Coronet on Thursday night. “He’s a phenomenal kisser. I hope everyone gets a chance to hug with Patton Oswalt.

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Based on Morosini’s true experience of being fished out by his father, the new indie comedy stars Patton Oswalt as Chuck, a father who desperately tries to keep in touch with his estranged son by posing as a woman. line named Becca (Claudia Sulewski). During a scene where Franklin (Morosini) asks “Becca” if he can fake kissing her through their messages, Chuck imagines the ominous scenario of his son making out with him instead of his persona online. Amy Landecker, Lil Rel Howery and Rachel Dratch also star.

“The fact that something so absurd and perfect could happen to a writer-director-actor of his caliber is such a perfect marriage,” said Landecker, who plays Morosini’s mother, Diane. “He had the perfect story and he had all the ability to make a movie out of it.”

“I Love My Dad” marks Morosini’s second directorial effort, following his 2018 independent film “Threesomething.”

“He doesn’t have a lot of preconceptions or expectations about, ‘Well, audiences want to see this, this, and that,'” Oswalt said of his director and co-star. “All of his takes and all of his techniques were so fresh and unparalleled. Really fun to see that.

Claudia Sulewski and Billie Eilish at the Los Angeles premiere of

Claudia Sulewski and Billie Eilish at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘I Love My Dad’ at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles on August 4. – Credit: Gilbert Flores for Variety

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The film also marks YouTube star Sulewski’s second role after 2019’s indie horror “Deadcon.” “I felt like such an impostor surrounded by such professionals and comedy geniuses,” she told about her first day on set playing Becca, Morosini’s imaginary love interest.

“But really, everyone was so nice to be around,” Sulewski continued. “And especially watching Patton play such intense and moving scenes, and watching him add so much levity to the piece between those takes – even though what he was going through with Chuck was so intense – it was very cool to see his spirit come out. on set and make us all feel really comfortable.

Although Sulewski has never created a fake social media profile herself, she has “made people use [her] photos for catfishing. “Basically, [I’ve] also experienced this film,” she laughs.

The guest list for the premiere included Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, Jesse Rutherford, Chloe Cherry, Ava Capri, Rebecca Black and Bob Odenkirk.

“I Love My Dad” hits theaters August 5.

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