One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (which is now playing on VOD and in theaters March 2). The pic marks the first feature-length film from the comedy duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and it stars Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly, Will Ferrell, Will Forte and Jeff Goldblum. It’s pretty much what you’re expecting from the oddball team. For more on the film, here’s the red band and the green band trailer.
During Sundance I was able to sit down with Heidecker, Wareheim and Forte for an extended interview. We talked about premiering at Sundance, how the project came together, is the movie more scripted than their TV work, their thoughts on VOD, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray, financing, what’s coming up for the three of them, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
- Heidecker and Wareheim talk about coming back to Sundance.
- 0:50 – They would like to see other movies in the festival, including some made by friends.
- 2:00 – The script came together quickly, about 6-8 weeks of writing. Financing and logistics took longer.
- 3:00 – The movie is much more scripted than their TV work, though there is room for improvisation.
- 5:00 – The TV shooting schedule allows for multiple takes, but the tight timeline of the movie sometimes allowed just one.
- 5:30 – One scene required over 20 takes because they Wareheim say one line without cracking up. Forte tells a story about the MacGruber Super Bowl commercial.
- 7:50 – Talk about premiering on VOD before a theatrical release.
- 10:00 – Tim and Eric have control over the cut, and so refused to allow Rango in their movie.
- 11:20 – Talk about the extras that will be on the DVD.
- 12:20 – Brief discussion of what’s up next for Wareheim, Heidecker, and Forte.