Nick Stoller and Judd Apatow to Pair Again on Get Him to the Greek
The most memorable moments in Forgetting Sarah Marshall for most folks are probably Jason Segel's full-frontals. Jaw-dropping scenes, sure, but for me, Segel's package didn't hold up to Russell Brand's performance as the bohemian, sex-grazed Brit rock star Aldous Snow. The irreverent, dead-pan, accented humor just killed me. How kick-ass, then, to learn today that some of the best parts of Marshall are coming back together for a new film titled Get Him to the Greek - namely, director Nick Stoller, producer Judd Apatow and stars Jonah Hill and Brand.
Stoller and Apatow will helm the new project that positions Brand as an unruly rock star – god I hope it's pretty much the same Aldous character again – and Hill as an insurance adjuster tasked with getting Brand from London to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles for a gig. What one occupation has to do with another is beyond me, but it sounds fantastic. Stoller describes the film as "a very dirty take on Almost Famous."
One might ask what prompted the pairing of Brand and Hill? Well, apparently during table reads of Marshall, the two had quite the comedic chemistry. Sadly, we didn't get to see much of that in Marshall, since the two had little interaction - Hill simply playing a groupy of the nympho rocker. That off-screen fit was enough to convince Stoller, however. "Even though they are such different actors with different styles, I thought there could be a great buddy comedy there."
With Marshall under his belt and the upcoming Greek, the new wave of comedy, started partly by Apatow's 40 Year Old Virgin in 2005, is quite the family affair. The two are also involved in a film called Five Year Engagement with Jason Segel, too. Not only that, but Segel and Stoller are set to partner up on a new Muppets movie.
But in this instance for Greek, I selfishly just want to see more of Brand. After watching Marshall, I specifically started keeping a closer eye on the guy for his next project. While he's coming back as a rocker in Greek, I wonder if he'll reprise his sex-addict shtick. Not that such a character trait is much of a stretch for the guy anyway. What did everyone else think of Brand in Forgetting Sarah Marshall?