Video:Forgetting Sarah Marshall - Bill Hader Interviewwith Rebecca Murray
Bill Hader plays Jason Segel's brother in the comedy movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall.' Since it was filmed on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu, there was no better place to talk about the movie than sitting on the beach at the Turtle Bay Resort.See Transcript
Transcript:Forgetting Sarah Marshall - Bill Hader Interview
Bill Hader ('Brian Bretter' in Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
So did you get to actually film in Hawaii?
Bill Hader: "No. I was the one cast member who did not get to come to Hawaii. But now I get to and let me tell you, not as fun as you would think."
Really? Why not?
Bill Hader: "The people here are just terrible."
Your fellow cast members or the people of Hawaii?
Bill Hader: "No, Hawaiian people are terrible and I can't understand a word they say. And just the scenery is like, you know "
Does it give you a headache?
Bill Hader: "Yeah. Smells, there's birds everywhere, little kids."
Bill Hader: "Yeah, it's gross."
It doesn't compare at all to New York.
Bill Hader: "Oh man, give me New York any day. Give me Newark over this stuff."
So if you ever get a script that sends you to Hawaii you'll say no?
Bill Hader: "No. Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, f.u."
Bill Hader: "Detroit, there you go. That's my kind of town. But yeah, this other stuff, yuck."
So if Jason would have said he needed you to film one scene in Hawaii, you would have taken a stand?
Bill Hader: "I said no. They asked me and I said no. I said, 'Brian should just be in LA the entire time.' That's just much better than being in Hawaii."
And then you didn't have to relate to the cast.
Bill Hader: "And then I didn't have to talk to these people. It's like Kristen Bell, yes, Veronica Mars, I get it."
What did she do to you?
Bill Hader: "She just talks about herself constantly."
And you don't come from an industry with people who talk about themselves.
Bill Hader: "No, not at all. I mean, I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1978. I went up through the public school systems and I started acting about 2003. I'm just not a very self-obsessed person, you know what I mean?"
How is it to work with Jason Segel?
Bill Hader: "Jason's great. He wrote a really amazing script, a very funny script, so it was kind of like you didn't have to do too much of improvising or anything. But then it was fun to improvise off that. So it's like you have like that confidence of you're already starting with something that's great, and then you just like move off of that."
Is it harder to do improv when you're working with the guy who wrote the script?
Bill Hader: "No, I mean if they're very open about it, then that's what's great. Seth Rogen was the same way on Superbad where it was just like It's actually great when you're working with the person who wrote the script because you can kind of gauge what is working. They can kind of say, 'Oh, I don't think that will work later for that scene or whatever.' You go, 'Okay,' and you can kind of hone it better. And also, if you can come on that same wave length, then you know it's good for the movie. You know what I mean?"
What's it like being a part of the Judd Apatow crew, the gang?
Bill Hader: "I feel very lucky."
Do you guys have your own gang signs and gang name?
Bill Hader: "We do, and we kill people."
Do you really? Drive-bys?
Bill Hader: "No, we walk right up to people and shoot them in the face. That's the whole initiation thing to get into a Judd movie is you have to kill somebody. It has to be a total stranger and below the age of nine."
Wow, that's specific.
Bill Hader: "Yeah. I went into a schoolyard and just took out a nine-year-old, shot him right in the face. And then it was like, 'You're in Superbad!' We went and we had a nice dinner. It was nice after that, but that's just the way he works."