Restricted Promo Clip from 30 Minutes or Less; Plus Danny McBride on His Role
08.09.11 by Ryan
Throughout the marketing campaign for Columbia Pictures' 30 Minutes or Less, it seems that the red band or restricted material is usually what has best represented the movie's humor. The latest restricted clip is no exception, highlighting some of the movie's funniest (though NSFW) moments.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), 30 Minutes or Less stars Jesse Eisenberg as an ambitionless pizza delivery guy who is forced to rob a bank by two slacker criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who strap a bomb to his chest. Eisenberg enlists the help of his ex-best friend, played by Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation). That's two pairs of buddies in a buddy comedy, something that McBride, in an interview with Movieline, explained was part of the appeal for him.
I got the script sent to me, and I really liked the idea that it is a buddy comedy, but it explores the buddy comedy from both sides of the moral compass. There's the good guys and the bad guys, and you see the dynamic between the friendships on both sides. I thought it was interesting. Comedically, I thought it would be interesting for audiences, too. Usually you’d just be following Jesse and Aziz's characters, and the bad guys would juts kind of show up when they need to and be evil, and that's that. I like that even amongst the bad guys, Nick's character kind of has more of a conscience about what they’re doing. It just opens up the villain role in a couple of places where you can dip and dive.
Concentrating on two pairs of buddies, however, also meant that the four actors weren't often together on set.
It is tricky, because on a lot of our days, Nick and I would work, and Jesse and Aziz were off, and vice-versa. So the movie just becomes what we're trying to do to us, you know what I mean? That's what's so cool about watching the finished product: It's awesome to see what Jesse and Aziz were doing the whole time. "Oh, so when you're sitting in the van, that's what was happening before that." That was interesting. I think Aziz and I share maybe three seconds of screen time. Even when Jesse was there, it was only a few minutes that we really shared onscreen with him. It was very much so for Nick and I that we focused on it as just these guys’ story and that’s that.
Part of McBride and Swardson story also involves acting during a lap dance (not shown in the trailer), something that McBride admitted he was uncomfortable with. "I get really weird with any sh*t that is sexual like that," said McBride.
Like, I have a wife, and she hates me doing this kind of stuff. She doesn't dig it at all. It's also just awkward: You don't know this person, the whole crew is standing around watching you, you just gave your wedding ring to the prop guy, and you're just like, "Why am I doing this?" So I feel like it's always a little awkward. But you've got to do what you've got to do. At the end of the day it's not really torture or anything.
McBride certainly doesn't look uncomfortable in the promo clip below.
Written by newcomer Michael Diliberti from a story he conceived with Matthew Sullivan, 30 Minutes or Less co-stars Michael Pena and Fred Ward.