Neighbors' Dave Franco And Christopher Mintz-Plasse Talk Horse Tranquilizers, Fake Penises And More On Set

By Eric Eisenberg 2014-01-31 18:21:35discussion comments
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This is a hard R movie – can you talk about the freedom of being able to say and do whatever the fuck you want?

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Dave, you take this one.

Dave Franco: What was the question again?

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: How do they let you into this movie? No, I'm kidding.

Dave Franco: It's a valid question.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: The question about the freedom to say and do whatever the hell you want.

Dave Franco: It's great. But at the same time, I don't know. Sometimes after we finish a scene, I look back and I'm, like, "Did I say fuck too many times?"

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Never.

Dave Franco: No?

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: No, I don't think so.

Dave Franco: Okay.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Not enough, honestly.

Dave Franco: Okay, all right. That just kind of took the wind out of my sails. It does feel great to have the freedom to say whatever we want. Literally, like, you can get really dark and weird with it. Hard R. I mean, we see Chris' dick.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: And it's not even the words. There's so many drugs in this movie. And there's a boner rig that you wear.

Dave Franco: Right, right.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Every day, it just gets crazier and crazier. Because it's an R movie, you're allowed to do that kind of stuff.

Jerrod Carmichael: As a man with a background in children's cartoons, I really enjoyed it. I have no credits. "Does he really have a background?" No background at all, actually [laughs].

It's all your first time working with him, if I'm not mistaken. So, just what has it been like working with Nick Stoller and his process?

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: He's one of my favorite directors that I've worked with so far. He's so relaxed. I've done movies in the past where it's been, like, a crazy director and his energy is very high and he's very nervous. So, the set around him is very frantic and nervous. Nick is just so mellow and so relaxed and he's throwing it all.

Dave Franco: What I love about Nick is that being relaxed, what allows that--him to do is to really kind of, like, you know, live in the moment and enjoy what he's watching. And he is cackling behind the monitor. Literally, probably ruining takes by how loud his laughter is. But it's so encouraging. It's, like, I've been on sets before, even comedies where everyone's so serious and you walk away from a scene that's supposed to be really funny, but, like, everyone's, like, you know, so, like, dower and, like, serious and it's just, like, well, I attempted to do several jokes there, but I don't know if any of them worked because of how everyone's reacting.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Yeah.

Jerrod Carmichael: He has this infectious shout, like, enthusiasm.

Dave Franco: Yeah, mm-hmm.

Jerrod Carmichael: That makes you want to do better for him. Yeah, you want to--you want to try and make him laugh because that's, like, a reward in itself.

Dave Franco: Yeah.

Jerrod Carmichael: Like, that's the immediate reward.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Smart. Smart on his part because it's a silly movie. So, if he is silly and we feel comfortable to be silly around him, we'll be silly in the movie.

Jerrod Carmichael: You just--you just said--that's it.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: It felt really good. I felt like saying that.

Jerrod Carmichael: It felt great.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Yeah, it felt great.

Jerrod Carmichael: It felt great to me.
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