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‘Idiot Brother’ Cast: Being Friends Helped Make the Movie

30 Nov, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Our Idiot Brother

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Making a movie so funny was never so easy, according to actor Paul Rudd (Dinner for Schmucks, Role Models).

“It’s not just pure escapism, and I think that’s good,” Rudd said of Our Idiot Brother, out Nov. 29 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from The Weinstein Co.

The comedy sees Rudd as Ned, a perennially upbeat, naïve man-child, who goes through life relying on the trustworthiness and goodwill of mankind, often with disastrous results for himself and his three sisters.

Lessons of love and trust are there, but mostly everyone’s just waiting to see what mind-numbingly dumb thing Ned will say or do next.

“It’s an ideal way to live, and we strived for that nonjudgmental way of living, though the world doesn’t function like that. Families don’t function like that,” Rudd said. “[But] don’t you just love optimists?”

Director Jesse Peretz noted that much of the cast had worked with each other on previous films, making his job a lot easier.

“A lot of the cast were already friends with each other,” he said. “We benefited from being a low-budget movie and not having trailers, where people could escape and be alone.”

Actor Adam Scott (Step Brothers, The Aviator) echoed those sentiments.

“It’s great when it’s a group of friends and you happen to be making a movie,” he said.

Though actress Rashida Jones (The Social Network, I Love You, Man) did note that having so many “personalities” on one set can be a recipe for chaos.

“None of us are shy, and there were days when all of us were there and that wasn’t easy to deal with,” she said. “It was a zoo, a [expletive] zoo.”

Actor T.J. Miller pointed out that while Ned’s family all seems to turn on him at one point, the message of family sticking by their own — even if he’s an idiot — comes through in the end.

“If you get in trouble with your family, they’re supposed to be the biggest support system,” he said.

However, for actress Elizabeth Banks (The Uninvited, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) the story of Our Idiot Brother was a lot more personal than a simple message about family.

“This movie is fairly biographical for me,” she said. “I have a 26-year-old brother who sells pizza, and maybe something else. So yes, I connected with this film.”

Bonus features on disc include a commentary, a making-of featurette, and deleted and extended scenes.

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