All week I’ve said it and I’ll say it again: director Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors is an extremely funny movie filled with laugh out loud sequences. You should definitely see it this weekend in a crowded theater. If you haven’t seen the trailers or read our previous coverage, the film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a married couple with a newborn baby who must deal with a fraternity—fronted by Zac Efron—when it moves in next door. Neighbors also stars Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jake Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Jerrod Carmichael, and Lisa Kudrow. For more on Neighbors, read Matt’s review.
Recently, I landed an extended video interview with Nicholas Stoller. He talked about making Neighbors, how every day on set was a different experience, how the Blu-ray will have tons of extras but not an unrated cut, why he cut out an obscene Nick Offerman/Megan Mullally scene, other deleted scenes, Rogen and Byrne’s chemistry, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
- Stoller does not think about the Comic-Con crowd specifically—he wants to make comedies that are funny to everyone.
- 1:30 – Every day on set was a different experience, which is a good sign.
- 2:45 – Talks about an obscene Nick Offerman/Megan Mullally scene that was cut.
- 4:35 – Stoller doesn’t love the unrated cut, but understands it’s good for business. Neighbors will have a ton of extras, but no unrated cut.
- 5:55 – Explains why they cut anything that strayed from the main point-of-view even if it got laughs.
- 8:20 – Describes Neighbors as a “battle movie” and how he wanted the parties to build on each other.
- 9:00 – Reference the Nick Fury action set piece in Captain America 2. Stoller praises the final sequence in World War Z.
- 10:20 – Rogen and Byrne cracked each other up on set, which was sometimes a problem, but Stoller used some of it in the movie to lend authenticity to their chemistry on screen.
- 11:10 – The point of Five Year Engagement was whether the main couple would make it work, but Stoller didn’t want to force marital problems on the main couple in Neighbors.