The term shits-and-giggles is an understatement for what was this past weekendâ€™s (5.3.14) NEIGHBORS press conference here in The Big Apple! It was a chatty-chuckling afternoon when yapping it up about UNIVERSALâ€™s latest frat versus family comedy.
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Neighbors is directed by Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek).
With a film geared upon nightmarish neighbors, strategy and balls is whatâ€™s needed in order to handle it.
â€œMy current neighbor I donâ€™t like. Heâ€™s been building a house for the last two years. Starts at 7:30 in the morning every day and heâ€™s an asshole about it. So, I yell at him every three monthsâ€ seems to be Seth Rogenâ€™s method when handling his crazy neighbor.
On a much easier note, â€œIâ€™m very quietâ€ says Rose Bryne, to a surprising â€œMy neighborâ€™s Charlie Day and itâ€™s funny because [he] just had a baby. I assured him thatâ€™s not the case with me. We actually get along very wellâ€ is whatâ€™s expressed by Zac Efron whose lighter side in real life is the opposite of what we see as Teddy the douche-bag fraternity president in the movie.
With constant back-and-forth as the war between frat versus family continues, there are lots of scenes in NEIGHBORS that spark up dialog heat and partying. Memorable to the core with all the out-of-control antics that play out, this must have been a hell of an experience for the cast while shooting.
â€œGetting high on fake weedâ€ and â€œHanging at the hospital for like four hours like geekâ€ due to asthma recalls Christopher Mintz-Plasse due to a five day straight shoot of partying and heavy smoke while on set.
For Dave Franco, it was all about â€œJust hanging out with these guys, to be honest… Everyone feeds off the directorâ€™s energy, so thereâ€™s a good vibe on set.â€
For newcomer, funnyman Jerrod Carmichael, â€œThe party scenes were and had to be a monster to coordinate. There were like 250 extras along with us and you never forget all this smoke and military lights you werenâ€™t supposed to look into, so we had to wear protective goggles â€“ a lot of hard work goes into putting it together.â€
â€œIf youâ€™re the age of the frat kids, you take the side of the frat. If youâ€™re closer to my age, you take the side of the familyâ€ says director Nicholas Stoller whose appeal on keeping balance among comedy was key, rather than poking at cliches where you have a â€œbad guyâ€ which can get pretty simple, boring and overdone.
As a whole, NEIGHBORS is clever and crafty despite its raunch and at times off-putting, yet enjoyable gags.
For a full-blown, unedited experience of the fun we had this past weekend click, listen and enjoy!Â
Evan Goldberg, Nicholas Stoller and James Weaver: CLICK HERE
Jerrod Carmichael, Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse: CLICK HERE
Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne: CLICK HERE
IN THEATERS FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014!