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Nicholas Stoller on Get Him to the Greek

Published April 13, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Universal Pictures
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On the set of Get Him to the Greek at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, Russell Brand gave a free rock concert to some 5000 extras playing Aldous Snow fans. When the disgraced rock star returns for his comeback concert, a shower of sparks gets the crowed worked up and excited. Behind the scenes, director Nicholas Stoller decided to move the shower’s cue in the song, “Going Up.”

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“We might move it earlier,” Stoller said. “We’ve shot it later in the song. We like to do a lot of options. We might more that earlier. We’ll shoot that earlier tomorrow night in order to get that, in case we want to jump forward in the song.”

Based on Brand’s character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Stoller’s second film is a spinoff. “I wanted to do something completely original, so I thought a spinoff. I wasn’t actually because I think it’s such a different film. It’s such a different movie. Sarah Marshall’s a romantic comedy in one place. This is a crazy road trip adventure that it’s so different. I think I would have been concerned to do another romantic comedy right away versus doing a spinoff.”

In Marshall, Snow was a foil to the hero who was trying to get over his ex-girlfriend. Things seemed pretty good for Aldous and Sarah, but now the singer has fallen on hard times.

“This is a few years after Sarah Marshall. I would say like two years after, three years after Sarah Marshall happened. 10 years ago he did this awesome concert when he was 24 and now this is 10 years later.”


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<B>Greek</b> will be another R-rated comedy from the Judd Apatow production family, but Stoller promised not to overdo it. “Everything that happens in this movie is something that happens because the story needs it to happen, not because I think it would be funny to have sperm everywhere. But the sperm everywhere scene is amazing. You’re going to love it. It totally makes sense.”

The film should look a bit more polished than Sarah Marshall too. “I understand what coverage is. I literally didn’t understand what coverage was. I literally didn’t get it. I did not understand it. It was a hard thing for my brain to understand and Brenda, our script supervisor would be like, ‘You just jumped the line.’ I would be like, ‘I don't know what that is. Let’s just move on.’ I found out after Sarah Marshall kind of cut together and was all right, Jason was like, ‘Yeah, I was pretty worried about you the first week.’ He wasn’t sold on me that first week. It’s easier because I really do understand filmmaking, not filmmaking as an artistic process but literally the act of making a film, how coverage works, what you need to watch for, different performance levels. But this movie is so crazily ambitious that that has definitely made up for it being at all easy.”

Get Him to the Greek opens to theaters on June 4th.

For the trailer, poster and more movie info, go to the Get Him to the Greek Movie Page.
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