The British movie “The Inbetweeners” has finally arrived stateside.
The film is based on the successful British television show of the same name and will be shown as a limited release in the United States.
The show was so successful that MTV re-launched an American television based on the comedy of high school students this fall. And there were rumors earlier this summer that an American remake of the film may be considered.
“The Inbetweeners Movie” takes the cast of the British television show to celebrate their high school graduation in Greece. And for these four awkward friends, many things don’t exactly go as planned.
The movie was released for more than a year ago in the United Kingdom and it grossed over $90 million on a $5 million budget. The comedy out-grossed summer films “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “The Hangover Part II” that year.
Latino-Review had the opportunity participate in a short telephone interview with the cast of “The Inbetweeners” as they promote the film in the United States for a limited run. The interviewed cast included Joe Thomas, Simon Bird, James Buckley and Blake Harrison.
“The Inbetweeners Movie” is currently out in theaters.
Here is the interview:
Greece seems like a fifth character for you guys. Do you guys feel the same way like the setting was a character itself?
Simon: No. The reason on why the movie worked, because it was something that British teenagers actually do. They go on these holidays in Greece or Spain. So it was a natural thing that the characters would do. We actually filmed it Mallorca rather than Greece.
Joe: How are you going to get by and communicate with people? When you get there [and] you realize it’s pretty much just Britain stuck on a foreign island. It’s pretty much the same shops in Britain.
Simon: In a way, it is a bit shittier than they expect for their first holiday together. The apartments are rubbish. Bars are all a bit horrible. People are scary. It’s in no way glamorous.
Blake: That is the experience of the four lads as everyone else appears to have a really great time. Everyone is enjoying that type of holiday on where they are and what they’re doing. But our lads are not quite cool enough or not quite socially adept enough to enjoy it on the same nibble as they are.
James: I would like to agree with everything that was said so far. [Laughter]
For the dance sequence in the club for the movie, how much practice and rehearsal did you do for that scene?
Blake: We didn’t have a great deal of practice. We did have to come up with moves that the three of us had to do for the girls. It did took a long time to film it from what I’ve remembered. We had to get a lot of different angles so by the end of it we were all very tired or bored of doing the dance. There was a great deal of rehearsal time.
Joe: They initially did is to let us try some moves. Like you can see in the film, I can’t do the moves properly. So after a while, they just said, “How do you guys dance normally?” So we did and it’s absolutely looks ridiculous. It was ultimately decided that it would be funnier if we just dance to our own badness.
What’s the big difference between filming in a movie and television?
Simon: It was very similar for us. We had the same crew and we shot in the same amount of time to film the series. We worked so much together in the past. It just felt like another job. So we didn’t really feel a lot different at all. The main difference is for the writers. It’s very different to write a 90-minute story than a half an hour one. And for the director was able to buy some new toys to make it look bigger and better. For us, it’s very similar.
Are any of you similar to your fictional characters or is it total acting?
Simon: In no way is it total acting.
Joe: We draw from our own characters probably on some of us than others. I am probably more like my character than the others like theirs. Blake is the least like his character, because Neil is obviously very, very stupid.
Blake: Well, when you put it like that…..[Laughter]
Joe: In comedy, you need to allow people to be in the way they act naturally funny. If you can get a laugh in doing something like you do in real life, then it would probably make sense for the writers to give the opportunity to do that mannerism or facial thing in the show. The writers gave us the opportunity in the script to be funny in the way that we can be funny. It’s really crucial in comedy to get that laughs.
James: That is the way of comedy.