Video:Jonah Hill, Rodney Rothman Interviews-Get Him to the Greekwith Rebecca Murray
Jonah Hill reunites with Russell Brand for 'Get Him to the Greek,' the 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' sequel. At the Greek Theatre for the premiere, Hill talked about reuniting with Brand, and producer Rodney Rothman chatted about 'The Something.'See Transcript
Transcript:Jonah Hill, Rodney Rothman Interviews-Get Him to the GreekRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Universal Pictures' Get Him to the Greek.
Jonah Hill - 'Aaron Green' in Get Him to the GreekSince you'd worked with Russell Brand before how easy was it for you guys to do it again, get the chemistry, and know the comic beats?
Jonah Hill: "Well, I think the more you work with someone, the more you understand their rhythms and their patterns and how their mind works. The goal is to try and communicate without speaking."
And did that work?
Jonah Hill: "I think so. I love the movie. I love how it turned out. When we're acting together, it's kind of cool to know how the other person is setting the other one up, and vice versa."
You're so good at ad-libbing. Is there a point now where you even crack up, or do you always hold it together?
Jonah Hill: "No. You know, earlier like in the - I've had a short career..."
You've had a long career.
Jonah Hill: "In some of the earlier movies I did, I cracked up a lot longer. And then Judd [Apatow] reminded me that every time I laugh, it costs money. So I learned how to hold it in a little bit more."
Did you think it was unusual at all that before you were a waiter [in Forgetting Sarah Marshall] and now you're a record guy [in Get Him to the Greek]?
Jonah Hill: "No. It's a completely different character."
And Adventurer's Handbook, I read your interview on that and it sounded like you were going to do it now. What happened?
Jonah Hill: "Yeah, well I ended up doing this movie, Moneyball. It's a drama starring Brad Pitt and myself and Philip Seymour Hoffman so..."
Get Him to the Greek Producer Rodney RothmanSo tell me about working on this one, taking the story and making it Russell Brand's completely this time.
Rodney Rothman: "For us, it was just a great challenge because we were working with...I mean in a good way...we're working with an actor we think is amazing. Just a person who we're really inspired by his life. He's a really articulate guy. For us it's a huge opportunity to be able to make a movie and to be able to tap into such an interesting person."
And you knew he was crazy because you'd worked with him before. You knew what to expect.
Rodney Rothman: "Exactly. We knew he was crazy and professional."
That's a good combination.
Rodney Rothman: "It's a really good combination, yeah."
Having Jonah Hill play a character that's not the same character he was in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, was there every a thought of writing him in as a waiter who at least gets to go there?
Rodney Rothman: "We actually filmed little pieces that allowed us to make a connection to his other character. But ultimately for us, I understand why people might be a little bit confused, but ultimately I just feel like they know that movies are fake, right? Audience members, they know that it's actors that are pretending to be other people. My hope is that people understand that."
Is there even a more outrageous cut of this that's out there on the DVD because this really takes the comedy pretty far?
Rodney Rothman: "We definitely have. We have a lot of really funny stuff on the DVD. Not just stuff that's outrageous but stuff that's just straight up really funny that we just couldn't put in the movie because it was a diversion. It didn't make sense. We had so much fun making the movie that we always shoot way more stuff than we need. So we have amazing stuff on the DVD."
Because it is my favorite comedy of the year. Just have to tell you that.
Rodney Rothman: "Really? You know something? I have been seeing your thing [meaning my photo on the About.com Hollywood Movies site] and you have really good taste in movies, and I'm very excited. You write really insightful stuff about movies and I'm excited that you like this movie."
Thank you. And you actually wrote something that you're going to do at Universal too, right?
Rodney Rothman: "Yeah. I wrote a movie called The Something that is a horror comedy set in space. It's basically a funny version of Alien."
Okay, I can't wait for that. How'd that come to you?
Rodney Rothman: "I just thought it would be... I was really interested in the cross-over between comedy and horror, you know? To me they go together. They're both based on surprise. I think you can do a lot of funny visual humor in space because of gravity. I just think it's a really awesome playground to do a comedy."
Is it going to be the same type of people you normally work with? Is it the same crew?
Rodney Rothman: "I hope. Yeah, definitely the same crew. My hope is to do a mix of people I've worked with before, and then weird left field people I'd be psyched to work with."
When are we going to see it?
Rodney Rothman: "Hopefully next year. Hopefully we're shooting it next year and then it's 2012."
I heard it actually described as a "sci-fi Zombieland". Is it anything like that?
Rodney Rothman: "Well, I mean that's the easiest way to describe to people what it is tonally, but ultimately it's its own thing. But it definitely occupies in some way... Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, those are movies that I love. I respect them. I admire them. I'd be lucky to operate in the same basic area. But it's my own thing. I hadn't seen Zombieland when I started working on this."
But you're a fan of Zombieland?
Rodney Rothman: "I am, oh yeah. Big fan. That's a great movie. That's a really visually interesting movie. I mean so far I think I'm just sitting on amazing territory. No one else has tried to do what I'm doing, and I'm excited about it."
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