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


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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