Director Nicholas Stoller Talks NEIGHBORS, an Obscene Deleted Scene with Nick Offerman, Why He Won’t Release an Unrated Cut, and More

     May 8, 2014

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All week I’ve said it and I’ll say it again: director Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors is an extremely funny movie filled with laugh out loud sequences.  You should definitely see it this weekend in a crowded theater.  If you haven’t seen the trailers or read our previous coverage, the film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a married couple with a newborn baby who must deal with a fraternity—fronted by Zac Efron—when it moves in next door.  Neighbors also stars Dave FrancoChristopher Mintz-PlasseJake JohnsonIke Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Jerrod Carmichael, and Lisa Kudrow.  For more on Neighbors, read Matt’s review.

Recently, I landed an extended video interview with Nicholas Stoller.  He talked about making Neighbors, how every day on set was a different experience, how the Blu-ray will have tons of extras but not an unrated cut, why he cut out an obscene Nick Offerman/Megan Mullally scene, other deleted scenes, Rogen and Byrne’s chemistry, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

neighbors-interview-nicholas-stollerNicholas Stoller Time Index:

  • Stoller does not think about the Comic-Con crowd specifically—he wants to make comedies that are funny to everyone.
  • 1:30 – Every day on set was a different experience, which is a good sign.
  • 2:45 – Talks about an obscene Nick Offerman/Megan Mullally scene that was cut.
  • 4:35 – Stoller doesn’t love the unrated cut, but understands it’s good for business.  Neighbors will have a ton of extras, but no unrated cut.
  • 5:55 – Explains why they cut anything that strayed from the main point-of-view even if it got laughs.
  • 8:20 – Describes Neighbors as a “battle movie” and how he wanted the parties to build on each other.
  • 9:00 – Reference the Nick Fury action set piece in Captain America 2.  Stoller praises the final sequence in World War Z.
  • 10:20 – Rogen and Byrne cracked each other up on set, which was sometimes a problem, but Stoller used some of it in the movie to lend authenticity to their chemistry on screen.
  • 11:10 – The point of Five Year Engagement was whether the main couple would make it work, but Stoller didn’t want to force marital problems on the main couple in Neighbors.

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