ONE OF THE PARTS OF THE FILM THAT SURPRISED ME WAS HOW DINGY IT MADE THE MIDWEST LOOK. NS: We shot in some dingy places just because we wanted it to look more despondent. . . . We shot in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and we were all really surprised at how beautiful it was. Michigan is really beautiful. Detroit gets a bad rep because it's pretty crazy. It's kind of like Mad Max. They wouldn't let me walk down the street from the hotel. They acted like we were in downtown Fallujah, or something. They were like "GET DOWN!" I just wanted to get some gum and they were like "NO! NO GUM!"
MUCH OF THE COMEDY IN THIS MOVIE DERIVES FROM LATENT HOMOEROTICISM. DID THE DIRECTOR TELL YOU THAT UP FRONT? NS: I think everyone has that best friend where it's really like a relationship but it's not sexualized in any way. It's more like co-dependency with a best friend, especially with guys. Some would call it bro-mantic.
DID YOU HAVE ANY DOUCHE FRIENDS GROWING UP?NS: I had douche friends. You learn as you get older who has real character and who is a dickhead. But Minnesota has really cool people — it's a great place to be from. I have friends from Philly or Jersey who are famous, and guys want to punch them in the face. It gets so aggro, and Minnesota doesn't have that vibe.
DID YOU GUYS EVER WORK MINIMUM WAGE JOBS?NS: I was a paperboy. I was a bagger at a grocery store. I worked at a bakery. I was a busboy. I was fired from every job I'm mentioning — fired violently or elaborately. I worked at a fast food Chinese place. I was a bus boy at Planet Hollywood while I was doing stand-up. I remember buying stock with my feeble earnings. JE: I started doing musical theater at age 10, so I only had real jobs.
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