The summer season is almost always the best time of year for R-rated comedies, and this year Nicholas Stoller’s new movie Neighbors looks to be a part of that long tradition. The film tells the story of an escalating prank war between a suburban husband and wife and the fraternity that moves next door, and things promise to get out of hand. Yesterday I told you all about my time on the set along with a small group of other film journalists, hearing about all the ridiculous parties that will be featured in the movie, but it wasn’t until talking to stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco and newcomer Jerrod Carmichael that it started to become clear just how hard R-rated the new film is going to be.
The three actors were kind enough to sit down with us for an interview between scenes on set and talked about not just the ridiculous over the top shenanigans that they’re characters get into in the movie, but also the different kind of experience it is working with Nick Stoller as a director, the interesting experience of acting with a giant 14 inch penis, and what it’s like to perform sex scenes around a group of people that you only just met. Check it out!
Can you tell us a little about your characters in your own words.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Yeah. I play--I play Scoonie in this. He has a very large penis, like 14 inches.
Jerrod Carmichael: We'll lead with the personality.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: I have to. I don't know what you guys are talking about. That's all they need to know about him.
Jerrod Carmichael: Oh, wow. All right.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: He's the most three-dimensional character.
Jerrod Carmichael: I'm Garf. I believe that it is not the size of the boat… [laughs]. I'm a fraternity brother and, I get to have fun and react to all the insanity that I'm sure you've seen.
Dave Franco: Garf does the hardest drugs in the movie.
Jerrod Carmichael: I do a lot of hard drugs.
Dave Franco: He does.
Jerrod Carmichael: I tried to leave that out, but I don't like to talk about that as much.
Dave Franco: Horse tranquilizers.
Jerrod Carmichael: Horse tranquilizers on the reg.
Dave Franco: Yeah.
Jerrod Carmichael: So, yeah. It's a lot of drugs. A lot. I'm really enjoying college. I don't know what these guys are doing, but I'm actually enjoying it.
Dave Franco: And I play Pete, who is the vice president to Zac [Efron]'s president. And I'm the guy who starts out the movie kind of with the same mentality as Zac's character.It's the same mentality as Zac's character in the sense that we both have a one-track mind. Want to party and get girls. But then throughout the film, you see that Pete actually is working towards having a future. Delta Psi isn't his whole world as it is for Teddy. And he is the smartest of the dumb kids and slightly nicer than the rest of the mean kids.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: You're a real character in this.
Dave Franco: Yeah.
Jerrod Carmichael: Yeah, much like real college, only 1% of the characters have a future.