Tina Fey has joked she rejected Ryan Gosling and all the Hemsworth brothers for the love interest role in her new movie.
The 45-year-old actress also serves as producer on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, in which she plays a journalist stationed in warzones in Afghanistan and Pakistan. British actor Martin Freeman takes on the role of her beau in the film, but Tina admits she had some other ideas about who should romance her character, Kim Baker.
“I’m producer on the movie, it was a long casting process – I brought a lot of dudes in,” she joked on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (02Mar16). “I saw Ryan Gosling, like, five times and he couldn’t get it. I brought all the Hemsworths – Liam, Terry, Rafe, Georgie, Toucan Hemsworth.”
“But, in all honesty, I’ve been a fan of Martin for forever, from the British Office and Fargo, so it’s the one thing when you’re producing a movie and you can go, ‘I want that guy to be in the movie!'”
Tina has taken the role of leading lady in countless movies over the past few years, including Man of the Year with the late Robin Williams and Date Night with Steve Carell.
One thing all her male co-stars seem to share is the fact they’re small, and Tina admits she has something of a penchant for shorter men.
“My type is travel size,” she said. “I don’t know why, no one knows why and what happens to hardwire your brain. I like little dudes!”
Meanwhile, Tina, who was finishing up her work on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot when her father Donald died last October (15), has dedicated the movie to her dad, who served in the military. However, there’s one scene Tina is pleased her father isn’t around to see.
“Am I kind of relieved he doesn’t have to see me have sex with Martin Freeman? Yes,” she said, “but other than that I think he would have liked this movie.”