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The brotherly dynamic is, naturally, a key part of the film, and Devine describes that dynamic as one that reflects reality.
“I think it works well because of the person I am,” the Modern Family and Workaholics star jokes. “If I was as handsome as Zac Efron I would be a total monster, and I feel that’s sort of our characters in this movie as well. Mike is the big brother and he flexes that muscle as much as he can, but Dave is a little smarter, has a little more on the ball, is better looking, girls like him more. He’s got everything going for him when Mike doesn’t and is a little jealous, but doesn’t want to admit that.”
It appears Devine himself has been withholding a similar sentiment from Efron. “I’m jealous of you, Zac,” he quips. “I don’t want to admit it.”
Director Jake Szymanski (7 Days in Hell) recalls their connection on set as being immediate. “People believe they’re brothers,” Szymanski says of his leads, who knew each other going in and worked together on a Workaholics sketch in support of Neighbors. Rehearsing and improvising, and staying in the same hotel for three months helped too. “It’s crazy when you’re talking about a God-like being like Zac Efron that anyone is his brother, but it really works with them. They instantly got along.”
As for Plaza and Kendrick, they got on as the aforementioned seemingly sweet dates who prove to be just as, if not more, wild than the boisterous bros. “We were almost cheating because those guys are real-life friends and have already done stuff like call each other up and been like ‘Hey, do you want to go to Mexico for four days?’ and they leave the next day and go,” Szymanski adds. “They already had great chemistry and it got even better when they went into character.”
After playing an extended clip of their NSFW film, Efron, 28, asked the quorum of movie theater owners if they wanted to see more, to which DeVine, 32, replied, "Are we gonna get naked?"
"If anyone is getting naked it's going to be Zac," Kendrick, 30, quipped.
Efron played along, but didn't feel it was appropriate to strip down and show off his Baywatch-worthy abs.
"No one is getting naked. No one is getting naked," he hilariously demanded. "I was talking about showing them an extra clip [of the movie]."
Kendrick replied: "If you want to get naked, that's your call, that's your call."
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, the upcoming comedy starring Zac Efron and Adam DeVine, is based on real guys named Mike and Dave who needed real wedding dates. So technically it should ultimately fall in the same Netflix bucket as The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl, and the non-Eddie Redmayne-starring Steve Jobs — i.e., the biopic.
“Yeah, it’s really an origin story,” Efron told Yahoo Movies at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, hours after Fox had premiered an extended clip, in which Kumail Nanjiani gives co-star Sugar Lyn Beard a “preposterously filthy naked massage” (as one outlet put it).
There are conflicting reports about just how accurate the comedy is, depending on who you ask. The basic premise is fact-based: In 2013, bros Mike and Dave Stangle put an ad on Craigslist soliciting female companions for their sister’s wedding. “Rather than ask some fringe women in our lives to go and face the inevitable 'does this mean he wants to take it to the next level!?’ questions, we’d rather bring complete strangers and just figure it out,” they wrote. That much is adapted into the movie version, which then heads to Hawaii for a series of very R-rated comic misadventures. “There’s fist-fights, there’s accidental fires, there are horses that are let loose, Ecstasy trips,” DeVine explained. “It goes crazy,” said Anna Kendrick, who along with Aubrey Plaza, is one of the out-of-control young women who accept Mike and Dave’s invitations.
Efron, DeVine, and Kendrick say the film deviates from the true story once the action moves to paradise. But the Stangle brothers (strappingly tall men Kendrick calls “the f–king Winklevoss twins” from another biopic, The Social Network) may think otherwise… sometimes.
“I’ve heard multiple stories from them,” DeVine said. “They were like, 'Actually, after watching the movie, it’s almost exactly how it happened.’ I’m like, 'What?’ But when we were shooting the movie, and we just had the script, they came during shooting and they were like, 'Just the first part, we posted the Craigslist ad, it went kind of crazy, we met a bunch of girls. That’s the only legit real part. And then everything else is a little make-believe.”
Efron jumps in: “And then I saw them by the pool and they said, '80 percent definitely happened. 80 percent’s definitely true.’”
Regardless, the cast has had a blast hanging out with their movie’s real-life inspirations. “They’re awesome,” DeVine said. “They’re like the most fun guys to party with.”