THERE was plenty of honi action going on between Australian supermodel Jessica Gomes and Hollywood actors Owen Wilson and Ed Helms on the set of their new comedy Father Figures.
“I got double honied by you and Jessica,” Helms, sitting alongside Wilson as he reminisced about one scene in the film, told AAP during an interview in Los Angeles.
“Jessica came in from the front and you in the back and it was quite a moment.”
Gomes plays Wilson’s Hawaiian wife in Father Figures and instead of a peck on the cheek she likes to give a traditional Polynesian honi.
She leans in and touches foreheads with her target while inhaling deeply.
Wilson, who lives in Hawaii, is well versed in honi.
“Honi is a way to greet someone,” he says
“Instead of a handshake or kiss on the cheek you lean in and touch foreheads and feel the other person’s energy.
“It really is an intimate and sweet way to say hello to somebody.”
In Father Figures Wilson, as chilled out Kyle, and Helms, uptight, recently divorced proctologist Peter, play fraternal twins who discover their mother Helen (Glenn Close) lied to them about the identity of their father.
“We were told as children our father died of colon cancer when we were infants,” Helms said.
Helen simply did not know who their dad was because at the time of their conception she was living a free and easy life in 1970s New York.
The dad could be one of numerous men including four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Terry Bradshaw, a former Wall St wunderkind turned recluse (Oscar winner JK Simmons) and a vet (Oscar winner Christopher Walken).
The film follows the brothers as they set out on a road trip to meet the potential dads and solve the mystery.
Working with Perth-raised Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Gomes was a highlight for Wilson, star of hit comedies Wedding Crashers, Marley & Me and Meet the Fockers, and Helms, a star of The Hangover franchise, said.
“Jessica!” a wide-eyed Wilson exclaims when her name is first raised in the interview.
“It was great having Jessica because like a lot of Australians she has a good sense of humour and is such a beautiful girl who doesn’t take herself too seriously.”
And what energy did Helms receive from Gomes when she gave him the honi?
“I got a lot of Western Australian presence,” Helms said.
Father Figures opens in Australia on Thursday (February 8).