Neighbors' Dave Franco And Christopher Mintz-Plasse Talk Horse Tranquilizers, Fake Penises And More On Set
Chris and Dave, you guys have worked together before, you've done shorts. Were you sort of a package deal when it came to this film? Or could someone come first?
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: In a way we kind of…
Dave Franco: We both came first in the other person's mind.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Yeah. I knew you were doing it... Oh, no, I didn't know you were doing it.
Dave Franco: No, not at all.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Evan [Goldberg] hit me up to do it. And then I was on the fence because I was maybe going to record an album with my band.
Dave Franco: But then I heard that Chris was fully attached.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Yeah.
Dave Franco: And so, I wanted to tell him in person. I was giddy to tell him that I got the part. And we go out for drinks and I was, like, dude, I'm in [Neighbors]. He's, like, no. I'm recording my album. I was like, "Fuck you."
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: You really were the defining factor that I was like, "I got to work with you again."
Dave Franco: So, it was my mission that night.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Yeah.
Dave Franco: I got him very drunk. And by the end of the night he committed too.
When you guys first got involved how much changed for your characters and for the movie?
Jerrod Carmichael: We kind of got to explore and figure it out on our own.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Throughout, yeah.
Jerrod Carmichael: Throughout. Like, we got to figure it out, through even in rehearsals, just adding these things.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: And the script is so different now because it's on the page. You hardly get the lines as they are on the page.
Jerrod Carmichael: No.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Everything is different. I would love for them to release the old script. And then when the movie comes out, the actual script. You know and compare how different it was. It'd probably be so ridiculously different, yeah.
Jerrod Carmichael: You're able to just add all these little quirks to the character. These little things from the high five - very specific high fives...
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: The Delta Psi handshake.
Jerrod Carmichael: Delta Psi handshake, yeah.
Dave Franco: We all are -- Chris, Zac, and myself -- we went out drinking before the movie started just to bond. And we got a little drunk and we knew that we were going to have a lot of freedom to kind of just try anything we wanted. And so, we were like, "We should come up with a handshake. Some very specific handshake that's going to make it seem like we've all been in this frat together for a few years. So, we created the most homoerotic anything anyone's ever done.
Dave Franco: Yeah. So, it's basically there's a little hand move, but then one person drops to their knees and mimes giving a blow job to the other person. The person on their knees takes it in the mouth and then spits it to any nearby brother.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: My brother Tess or whatever. And then, like, "Delta Psi!!"
Dave Franco: Yeah. Then did this "Delta Psi!"
Jerrod Carmichael: It's fun but it's simple enough so children can do it.
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