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Nick Stoller and Judd Apatow to Pair Again on Get Him to the Greek

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April 23, 2008
Source: Variety

Jonah Hill and Russell Brand

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?

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  • roman
    He stole every ecene he was in, as did Paul Rudd. The movie will be huge on DVD. It;s the best all-around Apatow and co. film to date.
  • Rob
    Roman, completely agree. Russell Brand was HILARIOUS!!! I went with a small group of friends to see this film, and afterwards we all talked about how he stole every scene he was in. Which wasn't easy, because everyone was great in this film. As was the screenplay.
  • James
    Being from the Uk - i have yet to see the film. I was hoping Brand wouldn't bomb with his role in his first big role in the states so I am glad you and others have given him such favorable reviews. I have been a fan of his for few years now and he such a nice guy in real life that he deserves all the success he gets.
  • I think Brand stole every scene he was in. Very good film, I also think Kunis stole a few scenes. The supporting cast did a lot more for me comedically (Jack McBrayer, too) then Segal or Bell though they both were very god. Wow, lots of very good's :) However when I saw it the reel broke THREE TIMES! The third time was only a few seconds of a delay but the first two were longer. I was like, does this stuff STILL happen? We got free tickets though. Little side story for ya'.
  • harrison
    i still have to see sarah marshall but brand did a interview on wbcn in boston last week and said hes doing a disney movie with adam sandler then a movie with jonah hill i was going to inform you but it slipped my mind until now
  • craziemutant
    eh...he was ok...but maybe i was just distracted by Mila Kunis. haha. but to be honest, i'll need to see a trailer for Greek before i'm convinced. right now, the plot doesn't really seem like much to me. but back to Marshall, my favorite character would actually be Bill Hader playing Peter's brother. i thought he did the best out of everyone.
  • Wrenn
    I took a friend with me to see it opening night here. I bounce the 'pond' on a somewhat regular basis, so I've been watching Russell for the last year or more, and he was a large part of my wanting to see the movie. I also agree he walked away with every scene he was in. The Dracula muppets were cringe-worthy... And I'm an long time Henson fan.
  • FancastGal
    I haven't seen this movie yet (had to watch Harold & Kumar first!), but apparently all the real "Sarah Marshalls" are pissed with the ad campaign and are lashing back! http://bigpicture.fancast.com/2008/04/fancast_feature_sarah_marshall.html
  • marion
    I thought russell brand was great as well as paul rudd...both were my favorite parts of the movie, much better than the three main leads

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