Three Preview Clips and New Pics for 50/50 Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen
09.15.11 by Ryan
The upcoming R-rated dramedy 50/50 opens at the end of the month, but recently screened in advance at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The movie follows 27-year-old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen), who helps him beat it. From that description alone, the jokes just write themselves.
The script was written by Rogen's screenwriter friend Will Reiser, who is himself a cancer survivor. While attending the TIFF press conference for 50/50 (via the National Post), Reiser explained how he decided to turn his story of survival into a script.
The way we dealt with it was we didn’t sit around and talk about our feelings. We just made jokes and we sort of tried to make fun of the absurdity of the entire situation. One night we were at a party and someone asked me if I had made a bucket list of all I wanted to do...I was like, "I’m actually really sick. I just want to sleep. I don’t really want to go to Africa." We started talking about how there’s never been a comedy about cancer. We started talking about it, well, why don’t we do a buddy comedy.
In support of the TIFF screening, Summit Entertainment has released several new photos and preview clips for the movie, which co-stars Anna Kendrick as Gordon-Levitt's therapist. At the press conference, Kendrick revealed that she enjoyed how her character's "confidence was always hanging on a thread."
I liked how soft and vulnerable she was. We’ve all been in the position of trying to sound like we know what we’re doing but suspecting that everyone can see right through it. It was cathartic coming off the Oscars. I could relate.
In the first clip, Gordon-Levitt meets Kendrick for the first time, and her lack of confidence is apparent as he admits his surprise over how young she is.
Bryce Dallas Howard plays Gordon-Levitt's less-than-sympathetic girlfriend, a role the actress relished.
I spend so much time trying to be a conscientious person and when you’re given the freedom to always make the horrible choice, it’s really fun and really easy actually. I did this actually before I did The Help. I guess I just wanted the more extreme version.
In the second clip, Howard tries to cheer up Gordon-Levitt by giving him a dog (which doesn't seem all that bad, really, until her true nature is revealed once Gordon-Levitt's not sure he wants it).
During the conference, Rogen revealed that while Reiser was undergoing treatment, the two friends "never really got emotional" about the disease, focusing instead on "the joking side of it." In the movie, Rogen says the difficult part was keeping his character from being too "obnoxious."
To me the only line was how obnoxious can I be and still have the audience believe that Joe’s character would hang out with this guy and not tell him to f*ck off. There were times when I would antagonize him so much that you’d think he’d punch me in the face and never talk to me again...
In the third clip, Rogen doesn't quite get "obnoxious" but does convince Gordon-Levitt to use his cancer diagnosis to pick up women in a bar.
50/50 was directed by Jonathan Levine and also co-stars Angelica Houston, and Phillip Baker Hall.