Before dashing off to South Africa to co-host the SA Film and TV Awards red carpet, I got to sit down with a couple of Greeks – and John Corbett – to talk about the sequel that was 15 years in the making.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 picks up about a decade after the last one ended, with Toula and Ian married and raising their teenage daughter. The film, as you would expect, is made up of a lot of the same jokes and chuckles that went into the first one. Only they’re not as classic – who could ever forget: “What do you mean he don’t ear no meat? That’s okay, I make lamb.” Nia and John return as parents to Paris, (a role taken on by French/Greek actress Elena Kampouris, who, as you will see in the interview, is played with great restraint) and they’re feeling worn out by the mundane routine of life. It’s a pity the film felt the need to show us frumpy Toula, as the film opens with her looking frazzled and haggard. We’ve seen this before, and we didn’t need it again. But overall, it’s still a fun romp through family ups-and-downs, if that’s what you’re looking for. I laughed and, much to my surprise, felt a few goosebumps during the wedding ceremony that takes place in the film. There truly is nothing like a good Greek wedding, and this film definitely serves up one of those!
I spoke to the cast about returning for a sequel, and I asked John (forever fondly remembered as Ian and, of course, Carrie’s ex Aidan) about his favourite traditions. Elena Kampouris was a treat to talk to, and I came away feeling a lot of Opa! for life and love in general.