Despite their new roles as scam artists in “The Hustle”, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson admit they have a hard time pulling off cons in real life.
Based off of the 1988 comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, “The Hustle” is a female-centred remake about two con artists who team up to take down the dirty, rotten men who have wronged them.
Speaking with ET Canada’s Keshia Chante about their new comedy, Wilson says the pair are far from good scammers in their day-to-day life. “Annie uses her acting skills for good, not evil,” the Australian-born actress contends.
Looking back at a recent time when she avoided all attempts at executing a con, Hathaway says, “The last time I got pulled over, I’d forgotten my wallet and I had absolutely no proof of identification on me and the officer was flabbergasted that I could be so irresponsible.”
She continues, “He said, ‘What is to keep me from taking you in right now and getting arrested?’ I just said, ‘Officer, I have absolutely no good answer for that.’ And I actually felt like he appreciated me not conning him.”
Meanwhile, with the film set to premiere close to Mother’s Day, the co-stars recall if there have been times when they attempted to con their own mothers.
“You’d have to be pretty sick to run a con on your own mum,” Wilson says.
While Hathaway admits that she never played a con on her mom, the actress says that she definitely attempted to play pranks when she was young.
She recalls, “I just laid down on the floor and I put all these heavy books on my head and around. And then I screamed really loud and my mom ran in and thought that I’d gotten a head injury and almost had a heart attack.”
Now a mother, Hathaway says that while she thought the prank was funny at the time, it was “just mean.” She says, “I didn’t understand how mothers feel about their child at that time, so probably shouldn’t do that again. I never did it again.”