Justin Long and Jonah Hill play best friends in Accepted, and now they are best friends in real life. They met in auditions for the film and didn’t stop when filming wrapped. “We just became really good friends during the course of the movie, playing best friends, and we both had a similar sense of humor,” Hill said. “And you know, he is an awesome guy, really cool guy. It's good in this business. I'm learning in my short time, when you meet someone who you genuinely think is cool to stay friends with them, because it's more few and far between than probably other businesses.”
Justin Long and Jonah Hill Talk Accepted
Long advocated Justin’s casting because he knew the film needed someone to embellish a thin script. “Jonah’s casting, 90 percent of it was due to the fact that he was a genius improviser,” Long said. “All the auditions, we did one scripted and it wasn’t quite in working condition and we threw it out and we improved a lot.”
Perhaps the friendship began to bloom while Long and Hill worked on jokes together. “Tom [Shadyac] and Steve [Pink] and everybody and the writers and the studio just kind of let Justin and I write, even before we started shooting, just write a lot of jokes and things,” said Hill. “I feel like it's a waste to hire me, kind of, if you're not going to let me do that, because that's when I think the best stuff comes out. It feels like it's actually a person saying it, as opposed to like a line you've read a million times. And sometimes you find jokes that day when you're there and you're looking at the set. And they were so cool. Most of the stuff in the movie that I say is stuff that I kind of came up with, which is so cool to me, like that they let me do that, and Justin do that. And it was like such a fun, collaborative effort on everybody's part.”
The boys fed lines to their costars too. “The scenes were all structured but I remember we needed transition scenes. When I’m walking with Blake, showing her the school, there’s a scene that starts when Adam Herschman is giving us drinks and we walk away and he calls me on the phone, ‘You guys like the drinks?’ ‘Yeah, they’re great’. We just came up with stuff. I was proud of that but 90 percent of Jonah’s funny lines were him ad-libbing and the scream we came up with because Jonah had lost his voice and I was like, ‘Well, why doesn’t Maria just scream? It might be funny. You just open your mouth like you’re screaming.’ That’s what happened.”
Accepted opens August 18, but now the boys are inseparable. “I live with Justin,” said Hill, although he’s moving in with three high school friends.
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