The Farrelly brothers’ latest comedy, Hall Pass, teams up Owen Wilson and Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis as friends given a week off from marriage by their wives, so the two actors knew they’d be seeing a lot of each other. Metro sat down for a chat with the chummy co-stars to talk about the film — and tried to get a word in edgewise.
You guys have a great rapport. It’s sort of the —
Jason Sudeikis: (to Owen) I told you!
Owen Wilson: Convince me.
OK, Owen. What did you think was wrong with your rapport with Jason?
OW: Well, no, I think that it was … right from the beginning it seemed like, even when we just spoke on the phone, we were going to get along. Also, his schedule is so crazy, having to leave and stuff. He was constantly the new kid. New cliques had formed, and I had to put my arm around him — “Come here. You can still sit here at lunch.”
JS: (to Owen) I remember the first couple weeks, you were like, “God, now I know what it feels like to be from a broken home. Someone goes away and they show up whenever, all willy-nilly.”
OW: It really was hard. Like, “God, I can’t wait to see Jason … Oh, he’s not here?”
Given your obvious rapport, how was it working with Farrelly brothers as far as improvising material?
OW: They were pretty encouraging for you to try stuff.
OW: But they definitely wanted to try to get one as scripted, and we could because it was a good, funny script.
JS: It wasn’t so much improvised like the camera’s rolling and you’re just burning film. It’s usually a discussion. That muscle gets worked a lot at SNL, so I feel fairly decent at trying to throw my hat in there. It’s tough to just run a can of film and expect gold to come out. There were too many good, thoughtful writing brains on that set to just blue-sky it like that.
The Farrelly brothers have mentioned you guys played a lot of games on set.
OW: They do a game. You know how the newspaper puts people whose birthday it is? He would say whose birthday it was, and then you’d guess how old. And Pete Farrelly dominated.
JS: Like in golf scores, the lowest score wins.
Maybe he just sits home and memorizes people’s ages.
JS: He was so good at it, you could almost accuse him of that.
OW: He won so much money.