If your a fan of the IFC sketch comedy show, The Whitest Kids U’Know then your already familiar with it’s cast-members Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore. These two have decided to take a hiatus from their regularly scheduled program to make the jump to the big screen. This month they will appear in the R-rated comedy Miss March, a film that was directed and co-written by both Cregger and Moore. This movie could be considered the typical teenage sex comedy, but these two see it as so much more. The multi-talented comedic actors want to make it perfectly clear that this is no American Pie or Road Trip.
Check out my interview with Cregger and Moore after the jump.
Most people know you from your show, The Whitest Kids U’ Know. Was that the lead in to the Miss March project?
Zach Cregger: We’d done the show, and based off of the first season of the show Fox came to us with a script that was written for us. They asked if we would rewrite it and direct it and we said yes. We weren’t fans of the road trip, sex comedy genre. There is certainly no shortage of road trip, sex comedies today. So we decided to take it on as a challenge. How can we take this formula and make it ours? We did that in a couple different ways, so that’s kind of the genesis of it.
Did you guys enjoy coming up with the different gags and jokes for the film?
Trevor Moore: Yeah. It was pretty simple once we made the characters, and kind of figured out who the characters were, and what their interactions with each other were. It almost wrote itself. You just throw them into this situation like “and then this happens to them.” What do they do there? It came pretty fast.
This film focuses on the Playboy Empire and how it has affected the lives of these two young men. Do you remember when you saw your first Playboy magazine?
ZC: I think I was like eight or so and my grandfather had some in his closet. My cousin pulled one down and we got caught. It was “wow, Playboy.” Then some awesome kid brought a bunch to school in his backpack, and we would go look at them behind the thing, but you know it was just that. I never had Playboy growing up. I wasn’t really wild about it. I think its cool. I still think it’s really great, just from what it did historically with pushing boundaries. It sounds cliché to say but amazing writing, and that kind of thing. So you know, I like it.
TM: I don’t remember my first time seeing Playboy. I think a lot of people do,basically that’s how the movie starts. But for some reason or other it doesn’t really leave a wrinkle on my brain. I don’t really remember that exact moment, but I think one of the earliest moments I have of being aware of Playboy was in school. I went to a pretty conservative school and we had a speaker talking about how he liked pornography when he was a kid. He had a bucket of Playboys that he and his friend would take out to the park. They would dig a hole and they would put the bucket with the Playboys in the hole and bury it, and then everyday after school they’d go dig it up. I was like that’s a really bad way to do that. There are a lot of better hiding places.
Hugh Hefner makes a cameo in the film, as well as Playboy Playmate Sarah Jean Underwood. I heard that when you originally got the script Playboy wasn’t involved. Is that true?
ZC: Right. We had Robert Wagner playing Hef. Playboy wasn’t involved at all, because we didn’t know how they’d react. We didn’t want anyone protecting their brand and limiting our freedom. We shot it fake, with other mansions, and with Robert Wagner. Then when we screened it the audiences liked the movie consistently except for the last scene, because everybody knows Hef. Especially with that show now, The Girls Next Door.
TM: Young women specifically knew. Their like, “that’s not Hefner!”
Was it hard to get him on board. How was your approach?
ZC: We took the movie kind of timidly to Playboy, and were like do you like this? And they loved it. Hef was down, he let us go there and shoot the scene. He did fine, and there it is. They had no real notes.
TM: We had one phone call with him before we met him and his only note was, (he had read the script)“You say a girl’s busted at some point, what does that mean?” I said, “Busted?” He said, “Yeah, what does that mean?” I was like, “it means a girls not attractive.” He was like, “and kids will know that?” I said, “Yeah.” He said, “Alright, I’m good.” That was his only note.
In this movie your characters are being hunted by a group of crazy, axe throwing fireman. You could have picked any civil servants to be the bad guys, why firemen?
TM: That was one of the first ideas we had when we were rewriting the movie. After 9/11 and rightfully so, firemen are kind of treated like you can’t touch them. But because of that we thought it would be fun to turn that around and have them be the villains. You’re not going to see that in a movie. Their basically like our Storm Troopers. That was the reason, because no one else is doing that.
When you had certain scenes at the mansion, or whenever there was some nudity, did you notice the crew grow from just 25 guys to 100 on those days?
ZC: It’s so funny because your agents will always show up on a day when you know there’s going to be nudity. Seriously, if there’s nudity they will fucking sniff it out and they will be there. They’re like, “hey, just thought I’d stop by the set.” Like, yeah. Perfect, man. Cedric the Entertainer lived next door to the mansion where we were shooting the pool stuff. We had some naked girls in the pool, and he like came over hung out, watched the girls jump into the pool and then he left when it was over. (Laughs) It was like, “nice to meet you sir.”
In the film there’s one scene where you throw a dog off of a balcony at the mansion. Is it true you used a real dog for that?
TM: Yeah, that was a real dog.
Isn’t that illegal?
TM: (Laughs) No, actually the Humane Society was there, and they had to watch the stunt ahead of time to make sure it was okay to go. I had to basically throw a weighted dog that was the same weight as when the real dog would be there. The first throw I did, I overcompensated and it hit the branch. It spun off and hit the side of the concrete railing, and it went down and the Humane people were like, “nope.” (Laughs) So, I had to show them that I could do it several times in a row before they let me use the real dog. But there was a guy that was on the other side, whose job was to just catch the dog.
You didn’t have a mattress for the dog? It was just one person?
TM: No, it was just the dude.
ZC: It really wasn’t as dangerous as it sounds. It wasn’t that far.
TM: I was never in any danger.
ZC: Yeah, Trevor was fine. The dog was just chill. It was just totally cool with getting thrown again, and again, and again.
The dog isn’t the only one who gets tossed around in this film. Let’s just say certain human beings also become one with the wind. To read more about the film keep an eye out for my review which will be up next week.
Miss March hits theaters on March 13, 2009, check out the trailer below….