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Some of the best comedy comes from the most absurd places, which seems to be recognized by the folks behind Tag. In fact, the idea of a comedy focusing on a group of grown men comes with an inherent sense of weirdness not lost on cast member Hannibal Buress. On that note, Buress recently opened up in an interview and addressed the bizarre nature of the film's plot, noting that the cast would remark about the ridiculous nature of the plot while filming. The deadpan stand-up comic and Neighbors star explained:
It is pretty ridiculous. A lot of us, while we were doing it, would stop and say, 'Yo, we're doing a movie about tag.' But it's really more about the friendship and the fun and the conversations and camaraderie that come with it. The cast is really good. It's solid.
So, this indicates that the cast of Tag fully understands how bizarre the film's premise is at its core. Hannibal Buress and the rest of the actors get pretty intense with each other in the film's trailers (Jeremy Renner even broke his arms while filming the movie), but they also knew how weird the idea was when they were filming those thrilling tag sequences.
Of course, there is still plenty worth getting excited about with a film like Tag. As Hannibal Buress also noted in his remarks to Las Vegas Magazine, the film ultimately isn't actually about the game of tag as much as it's about the way the game brings this group of friends together. Moreover, the film has also enlisted a cast of heavy-hitters like Mad Men's Jon Hamm, The Office's Ed Helms, The Avengers' Jeremy Renner and New Girl's Jake Johnson, in addition to Buress. When you put all of that together, you have the ingredients for a film that could squeeze every last drop of potential out of the inherently bizarre premise.
Tag centers on a group of friends who have been playing the same game of tag for three decades. However, when the one member of the group who has never been tagged (Jeremy Renner) announces that he is going to retire from the game at the end of the "season," the friends converge on his wedding weekend to stage one last attempt to put their hands on him and break his perfect record.
That definitely sounds like a fairly ridiculous premise for a movie, but it also is worth noting that it's actually based on a true story of a group of friends who actually did play tag for thirty years. Maybe real life merely is more ridiculous than we give it credit for being.
CinemaBlend will keep you up to date with more information related to Tag as new details about the film are made available to us. Tag will hit theaters later this month on June 15.