Dax Shepard found a clever way to spend time with fiancee Kristen Bell and friends in the entertainment industry despite their busy filming schedules -- he wrote a movie for them to star in.
The actor wrote and co-directed "Hit & Run" which stars himself and Bell as well as actor friends Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold and his "Parenthood" co-star Joy Bryant.
"As everyone who has a wife and friends know, as you get older it gets hard to schedule time with people you love," Shepard told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a satellite interview with Bell earlier this month. "So to do it under the guise of work allowed all of us to get together for a couple of months and enjoy each other's company. "
"He wrote a vacation with a lot of creativity involved," Bell joked.
The couple, who became engaged in 2010 and have been dating for five years, star in "Hit & Run" as a couple on the run. Shepard plays a former getaway driver named Charlie Bronson who jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend (Bell) get to Los Angeles. A U.S. Marshal and Charlie's former gang chase them on the road.
The couple said they've already had conversations where they revealed their past to each other and while Bell said her past was "boring," Shepard admitted his was a little more colorful.
"Some of my past could've been in a Mario Puzo novel or something," Shepard said.
"I accepted it and thought wow man he's really lived and nearly died a few times. You know, we're firm believers that your past does not inform your future," Bell added. "That every moment you have the right to be whoever you want to be going forward and that's, I think, a very healthy sentiment to live by."
Shepard co-directed the movie with David Palmer. The movie also stars Kristin Chenoweth, Beau Bridges, Michael Rosenbaum and Jason Bateman.
"It's been one of the best received movies I've ever been a part of," Shepard said.
Bell added, "That's also such a bonus because he wrote it to have this experience. To be able to hire our friends. There was very little forethought of, 'What does America want from us right now? How will they receive this?' We did it for the experience and for the fun of making it so how much everyone has loved it has been kind of a bonus."
"Hit & Run" hit theaters on August 22. Check out the trailer below.