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Sep 29th
12:51 am
More Neighbors 2 set pics & some misc  


From an interview of Andrew Cohen & Brendan O'Brien (writers of Neighbors, Neighbors 2, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) with The Wrap:
Much has been written about women in comedy of late. You gave Rose Byrne a chance to outshine the guys in “Neighbors,” and it seems like Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza will have equal time with the boys in “Mike and Dave.” How do you write strong scenes for women?
Cohen: It’s a trial-and-error thing. As we were writing “Neighbors,” we’d constantly write the same scene of Seth hiding everything from his wife. It was just repetitive.

O’Brien: Originally, “Neighbors” was about Seth and his friends fighting the frat. It was amazing we even got to the right place. It took Seth and Evan and Nick saying, “The wife would be way more involved.” And everything just flowed from there.

Cohen: I think Seth’s wife actually said that.

O’Brien: Yeah, Lauren [Miller] said, “Why is the wife on the sideline?”

With “Neighbors,” you showcased a comedic side of Zac Efron. You just worked together again on “Mike and Dave,” and he recently signed on to the “Baywatch” movie, so can you talk about his approach to comedy?
Cohen: He’s amazing and so earnest. He gives 150 percent to everything he does and there’s something likable and funny about that. Most of the time when he’s funny in “Neighbors,” it’s because he genuinely thought he was going to be friends with Seth, like when he brings over walkie-talkies. His earnestness is part of his secret weapon in comedy. To me, he’s like Cary Grant. He’s the full package and when people underestimate him, it’s because they’ve got six reasons to underestimate him — right below his pecs.

O’Brien: On “Neighbors,” even he would admit he was a little nervous about how he was going to fit in with all these people who were such improv maniacs, but on “Mike and Dave,” he’s playing the sweeter, more straight guy and he’s hilarious.

“Mike and Dave” is based on a pair of real-life brothers from Albany, so how’d the ball get rolling on that project?
O’Brien: We brought the idea to Chernin Entertainment. We thought, “Yeah, that could be a good movie,” or it could be a potentially very bad movie because it’s about two party bros who need to bring dates to their sister’s wedding or else they’ll go crazy. They’re just these stunted dudes who have a very codependent relationship and two girls who are in a codependent relationship as well.

Cohen: Honestly, the breakthrough was: What kind of girls would they end up bringing? It seemed like if they had nightmare dates who were crazier than they were, they’d get what they deserved. There was a cosmic justice aspect of it that really cracked us up.

Did any funny shit go down on set?
Cohen: [nervous laughter] Hawaii’s a fun town!

O’Brien: We originally had the movie set in a winery in Northern California and one day we were talking and saying, “They could potentially make this movie and we could either have to go to Northern California or… we could go to Hawaii.” We ended up in Hawaii all because we just changed the scene. The power of writing!

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laurenlipkinlip on September 28th, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
if the pics of zac and sami are from thursday ( im guessing) why weren't they posted last week?
Bee: Zac – InStyle - Jean Jacketjeezbee on September 28th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
Because the photographer/agency probably wants to maximize the money they make from it and hence not dilute the market with more pics last week when they still wanted to make the maximum from the shirtless ones.

It's always about how they can maximize the money. Which is the same reason why often pics from the weekend (or Friday) get released the next week because they bring in less money on the weekend since most sites don't update at all or less.

This all of course only works when the pap knows he has no competition for the pics (like here). When multiple photographers are on the scene, it usually works out differently.
Bee: Zac – Watts - soccer - tweet suitjeezbee on September 28th, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
The entire interview with the writers is worth reading. I hope they bring Zac as much luck on the next 2 projects as they did on the original Neighbors. And one thing I really liked about Mike and Dave was that the women were really equals (actually they often outsmart the boys, relatively speaking).

dewgdewg on September 29th, 2015 04:36 am (UTC)
He's looking so good recently

Edited at 2015-09-29 04:41 am (UTC)
kleth on September 30th, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
"he’s like Cary Grant"

Ha ha. Except, of course, Cary Grant never stripped down to his undershorts and shoved his hand down his crotch.
kleth on October 7th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
Ho hum. Not much happening. Gotta look to the future. Just 14 more weeks until Dirty Grandpa opens. I don't know. Should I be feeling anticipation or trepidation?

Oh, right. Zac does that scene in his wet underpants. So how bad could the movie be?
kleth on October 8th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
Seth Rogen, on Kelly & Michael this morning, confirmed that there will be lots of bare-chested scenes with him and Zac in Neighbors II. So we have that to look forward to.