March 15, 2012


Opening this weekend, in limited release, is writer/directors Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus) Jeff Who Lives at Home.  Starring Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Ed Helms (The Hangover) as two brothers, with Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) as their mother, Jeff Who Lives at Home follows Jeff (Segel) as he searches for meaning in his life and inadvertently helps his brother, Pat (Helms) discover a truth of his own.  For more on the very funny film, here’s three clips, twenty images, the trailer, and my Toronto Film Festival interview with the Duplass Brothers.

During my recent interview with Ed Helms, we talked about got he got involved in the project, how the movie was mostly shot in order, the way the cast improvised on set, M.Night Shyamalan‘s Signs (which plays a big part in the film), deleted scenes, and more.  In addition, Helms also talked about whether our interview for The Lorax helped with the box office, Ron Swanson, his favorite TV shows, The Hangover 3, and what it’s like to be in the “home stretch” of the series run of The Office.  Hit the jump to watch.

jeff-who-lives-at-home-jason-segel-ed-helms-1Ed Helms Time Index

  • Talks about the major box office of The Lorax, and the role this interview played in the success.
  • 1:40 – Compares the experience of his two hits, The Lorax and The Hangover
  • 2:20 – His favorite TV shows Children’s Hospital, Mythbusters, Build It Bigger, Parks and Recreation, and The Bachelor.
  • 2:50 – Calls Ron Swanson a “genius creation.”
  • 3:25 – Producer Jason Reitman sent the script for Jeff straight to Helms.  He wasn’t convinced halfway through since the character is unlikeable.  But by the time he reached the end, it hooked him.
  • 4:50 – The spirit of that first script read is “almost identical” to what’s up on screen.  Because of the Duplass brothers’ improvisational style, the words changed considerably.
  • jeff-who-lives-at-home-ed-helms-judy-greer-25:45 – They deconstruct the scene on the day of shooting, but don’t go over the details of execution.
  • 7:20 – The movie was shot mostly in order.
  • 7:45 – Helms felt welcome to share his many opinions on the wardrobe and design of the character.
  • 8:45 – There may not be many deleted scenes.
  • 9:20 – He still hasn’t seen Signs, even though it plays a big role in the movie.
  • 10:00 – Says this may be different than what some might expect from a Helms/Segel comedy.  Helms is very fond of the finished product.
  • 12:00 – Despite the rumors, Helms is not involved with the Vacation reboot.
  • 13:10 – Describes what it’s like to be in the “home stretch” of the series run of The Office.
  • 15:00 – They are in talks about Helms continuing with the show.
  • 15:50 – There is no change in the status of The Hangover 3, just that Helms hopes it comes together.
  • 16:30 – He has some downtime coming up, but mentions a few projects he is interested in, including a couple he wrote.


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