Don't Release Chickens On-Set With Aziz Ansari
Celebuzz sat down with some of the cast for the new comedy 30 Minutes or Less, which is about two criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who kidnap a pizza delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg), strap a bomb to his chest, and make him rob a bank.
Aziz Ansari - the hilarious comedian and star of the hit show Parks and Recreations on NBC - plays Jesse's best friend and talked with us at Comic-Con about his new flick. He told reporters it wasn't as ridiculous on-set as you might think:
"People always ask about pranks in comedy movies! They’re like, 'You guys do pranks and stuff in between takes?' I’ve never been on any set where people have been doing pranks. I just couldn’t imagine shooting and someone’s like releasing chickens and throwing water balloons."
Aziz, who was very animated, continued:
"I’d be really mad like, 'Hey! We’re trying to finish this movie, man! You just wet everyone - their make-up’s messed up and costumes are messed up! We’re going to be held up for a few hours. We’re going to lose a lot of money because of this prank!'"
Now that Ansari got that out of the way, we can get back to what the movie is really about!
"Me and Jesse’s characters are best friends, but we had this falling out because Jesse reveals he slept with my twin sister and so, you know, that was kind of like this friend breakup," Aziz said, before adding they get back together, so to speak, to rob the bank.
"I think in real life you have friends that you’re close with, but every now and then you have a falling out and you kind of remain loyal to these people because they’re your friend for so long," he explains. "That’s one interesting thing about this movie because it explores that kind of situation."
In real life, would Aziz be so forgiving if a friend did that with his sister?
"Um, I guess so," AA told us. "I would be secretly excited to rob a bank with a friend."
This is the first film in which Aziz is onscreen almost the entire time.
"It’s not like Parks where you have so much longer to develop the character," he says. "With this, me and Jesse got to do it good and got to do it right away. So luckily, we were able to find a chemistry and a rapport together really fast but. That’s a challenge in film that’s not in television."
30 Minutes or Less hits theaters August 12. Check out the trailer below!