Life is very good for actor, writer and director Dax Shepard these days...and it shows as the hard working star arrived on the red carpet Tuesday night (August 14) with his fiancé and co-star Kristen Bell for the Los Angeles premiere of the comedy, "Hit and Run."
The film, in which Shepard takes on writing, acting and directing credits, is the story of Charlie Bronson (Shepard), a nice guy with a questionable past who busts out of the witness protection program to drive his fiancé (Kristen Bell) from their small home town to Los Angeles so she can land the job of a lifetime. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated when they are chased by the feds… and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie's former pals, a band of gangsters enter the fray.
Shepard and Bell told Reuters that they wanted to make a film that pays homage to the old "Smokey and the Bandit" movies, where the actors have as much fun making the film as audiences do watching it.
SOUNDBITE Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard saying (English):
(Bell) "First of all, it is the movie that we really wanted to make. It fell out of Dax's brain and he didn't compromise anything. That, in and of itself, is awesome. He hired all of our friends and we go to spend some time together, there was no downside."
(Shepard) "We wanted to answer the question it possible to have twice as much fun as Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in "Smokey and the Bandit" and it turns out that you can."
The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold and Jason Bateman.
"Hit and Run" drives into theaters on August 22.