Movies I've Seen A Million Times
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The Movie Paula Patton Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 4:24 pm

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen a Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

The movie that actress Paula Patton, whose credits include the films Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jumping the Broom and Disconnect (currently in theaters) could watch a million times is the comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.


Interview Highlights

On why she loves Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

"It really spoke to the American dream and yet it made this great commentary on our culture."

On why the baby Jesus dinner scene is her favorite in the movie

"It's one of the most perfect scenes 'cause it makes you laugh so much. And I say 'baby Jesus' so much now in my own personal life. 'Thank you, baby Jesus.' I can go on forever. I love that movie."

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Transcript

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

On this show, we like to ask filmmakers about the movies they never get tired of watching. Well, get ready for this pick from one of the stars of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "KING OF THE ROAD")

ROGER MILLER: (Singing) Trailer for sale or rent...

PAULA PATTON: Hi. I'm Paula Patton, and I'm an actress. And the movie I've seen a million times is "Talladega Nights," directed by Adam McKay, starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Leslie Bibb, Gary Cole, Sacha Baron Cohen, Molly Shannon - the list goes on and on.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

DICK BERGGREN: (as himself) It's a hot one here in Talladega.

PATTON: I first saw "Talladega Nights" when it came out in theaters, for sure, and laughed my butt off.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

WILL FERRELL: (as Ricky Bobby) Hey, Shake and Bake, Cal. Whoo.

JOHN C. REILLY: (as Cal) Shake and Bake.

PATTON: It really spoke to the American dream and yet it made this great commentary on our culture.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

BERGGREN: (as himself) Ricky Bobby, today's big winner. A heck of a win.

FERRELL: (as Ricky Bobby) Well, Dick, here's the deal. I'm the best there is, plain and simple. I mean, I wake up in the morning, I piss excellence.

PATTON: I can't tell you how much I use quotes from it in my daily life all the time. Like, if you're not first, you're last.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

FERRELL: (as Ricky Bobby) Always remember: If you ain't first, you're last.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: (as Character) If you ain't first, you're last.

FERRELL: See you when you're grown up.

PATTON: See you when you're all grown up. I don't say that to my child but I love it.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: (as character) OK. Next up is Ricky Bobby. Ricky, is your father here?

LUKE BIGHAM: (as young Ricky) No, ma'am.

PATTON: "Talladega Nights" is about a young kid whose father leaves him.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

BIGHAM: (as young Ricky) But my mama say he's out racing cars and, well, dipping his wick in anything that moves.

PATTON: And somehow this kid, from nothing, rises to be this great race car driver.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

BERGGREN: (as Character) Ricky Bobby with yet another impressive win. He is dominating NASCAR.

PATTON: And then a French man comes in named Sacha Baron Cohen.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY)

SACHA BARON COHEN: (as Jean Girard) My name is Jean Girard, and I am a racing car driver just like you, except I am from Formula Un.

PATTON: And he rattles Will Ferrell's cage, and then he suffers a deep failure.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

FERRELL: (as Ricky Bobby) Yep. I'm flying through the air. This is not good.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: (as Character) Ricky?

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (as Characters) Cool.

PATTON: And somehow, he finds his way back up. He finds his strength. And I think the moral of the story is it's OK to be second.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

FERRELL: (as Ricky Bobby) I just went out there and drove and knew that no matter what happened my boys, my mama and my lady would love me.

PATTON: My favorite scene in this movie, it begins with Leslie Bibb's character going...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

LESLIE BIBB: (as Carley Bobby) Supper's ready. Come on, y'all. I've been slaving over this for hours.

PATTON: And then Will Ferrell begin to do his prayer. And he goes...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

FERRELL: (as Ricky Bobby) Dear Lord Baby Jesus, or as our brothers in the South call you, Jesus...

PATTON: And he goes into a whole baby Jesus thing. And Leslie Bibb's characters says: You know what, I mean, he's a man. Jesus was a man. And he goes, listen...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

FERRELL: (as Ricky Bobby) I like the Christmas Jesus best, and I'm saying grace. When you say grace, you can say it to grown-up Jesus or teenage Jesus or bearded Jesus or whoever you want.

PATTON: Then John C. Reilly's like, you know, I like to think of my Jesus in a tuxedo T-shirt.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY")

REILLY: (as Cal) Because it says, like, I want to be formal, but I'm here to party too. 'Cause I like to party, so I like my Jesus to party.

PATTON: And it's one of the most perfect scenes because it makes you laugh so much. And I say baby Jesus so much now in my own personal life. Thank you, baby Jesus. I could go on forever. I love that movie.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE BELONG")

PAT BENATAR: (Singing) We belong to the light we belong to the thunder...

MCEVERS: That's actress Paula Patton talking about the movie she could watch a million times, "Talladega Nights." Patton's new film, "Disconnect," is currently in theaters. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.