Classic chaos in raunchy comedy
FUNNYMAN Jason Sudeikis has a love of the purely professional kind for Jennifer Aniston.
The actors team up for the third time in the raunchy road trip caper We're The Millers, after starring together in The Bounty Hunter and Horrible Bosses.
"I had a small part in The Bounty Hunter and we hit it off there," Sudeikis told APN.
"She's one of the all-time greatest female comedians.
"I've worked with so many people and when she was okay with doing the movie with me, it was a damn nice stamp of approval."
Sudeikis spent eight years cutting his comedic chops on Saturday Night Live, the long-running US comedy sketch show which has been the springboard for everyone from Chevy Chase to Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.
After the success of Horrible Bosses, the sequel for which he and Aniston start shooting in September, the 37-year-old appears to have a bright future in movies.
In We're The Millers he stars as small-time pot dealer David Clark, who must assemble a fake family to help him smuggle a huge shipment of marijuana over the Mexican border.
The film is already being compared to Chevy Chase's wildly popular Vacation movies, something which Sudeikis says is a huge compliment.
"The fact that movie is being possibly compared to Vacation is very flattering to all of us; those things are iconic," he said.
"Not in a million years could I have said that's what we were striving for. Who wants to set out to emulate a classic?"
Where the Vacation franchise and We're The Millers differ is the raunch factor. We're The Millers delves into the "that's so wrong" territory regularly thanks to the script and the cast's playful ad lib.
"We just tried to keep it real, but at the same time know that we always have the heart of the movie to bring us back from raunch town USA," Sudeikis said.
One of many examples is David (Sudeikis) and Rose's (Aniston) "swingers" experience inside a tent with fellow RV drivers Don and Edie, played to perfection by Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.
"Nick and Kathryn were perfectly cast; they really elevated those parts," Sudeikis said.
"That allowed Jen and I to just sit back and react to everything they brought to the table."
Like Offerman sticking his finger in Sudeikis's ear during the tent scene.
"Don't remember that being in the script," Sudeikis said.
"I don't think anyone would think to write that. It's something we discovered on the day we were shooting it. He was very gentle (deadpans)."
The great surprise of the film is newcomer Will Poulter, who plays David's naive neighbour and fake son Kenny.
"He was the one that myself and Ross (the director) just really liked," Sudeikis said.
"He's a very sweet, genuine kid and he had a great sense of humour. He seemed to understand about the character and the comedy."
Poulter's love of hip-hop and ability to freestyle rap were the inspiration for one of the film's funniest scenes, in which Kenny starts singing along to R&B group TLC's song Waterfalls.
"He's a great freestyle rapper. He can do Eminem's flow and he's a huge Kanye fan," Sudeikis said.
"That's where that scene came from, that he had the ability to pull something like that off. He kept rising to the occasion. He'll probably have to do the Waterfalls rap for the rest of his life."
The film is in theatres now.