When taking on various roles, actors are often required to learn different skills and habits in order to best embody the characters that they play -- and this even extends to silly comedies. Take, for example, the cast of the new movie Game Night. Prior to the making of the film, most of the stars didn't really know each other, but they found a way to bond, and as you might have guessed, their chosen method was game nights. As I learned during the Los Angeles press day for the film,
I had the pleasure of sitting down with the stars of Game Night earlier this month, and one question that I asked everybody was in regard to the games that the cast actually played together during the making of the film. It turns out that there wasn't any kind of regular thing going with the full ensemble, but some of them did get together to play the murder mystery game Clue. Lamorne Morris and Kylie Bunbury, who play couple Kevin and Michelle in the film, were the ones who told me about the cast events, and they made it sound like they had a great time.
Unfortunately, not everybody was always available during these sessions, as I learned during my interviews. For example, the owner of the special Clue board, Billy Magnusson, was excited to talk about the get-togethers, but sadly his partner in the film, Sharon Hogan, was never around to play:
The same kind of split was featured in the room when I sat down with stars Jesse Plemons and Kyle Chandler. Plemons, who plays the creepy neighbor Gary in Game Night, was a part of the Clue games, but Chandler, who plays Jason Bateman's outsider brother, Brooks, never made it. They told me,
From my interviews, I gleaned that Billy Magnusson, Larmorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, and Jesse Plemons were all in on the Clue games -- but who won the most? Magnusson told me that there were no consistent winners, but Bunbury and Morris disagreed:
Obviously those game nights happened behind closed doors, but audiences will soon be able to see all of the stars gather together for some murder mystery action on the big screen. Game Night, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and also starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, is arriving in theaters this Friday, February 23rd.