2014 has been pretty disappointing thus far for comedy, but Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors is looking to change all that. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, then allow us to refresh your memory. Mr. Stoller is the same man who previously brought us side-splitting comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek, two of the funniest films of the last decade. This time around, he’s assembled one hell of a cast to lead the way. With Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Dave Franco all flexing their comedic chops at full strength, the laughs are huge in Neighbors, and they just keep coming.
The film follows Rogen and Byrne as Mac and Kelly Radner, a young couple who have just moved into a new home with their baby daughter. All is peaceful and idyllic in their lives until a frat, led by Efron’s Teddy, moves in next door. In hopes of keeping the peace, so to speak, Mac and Kelly attempt to befriend the young group of boys now living only feet away from them. Their plan works at first, but after the frat parties a bit too hard one night, and Mac is forced to call the cops on them, all hell breaks loose and a war begins between the two households.
Last weekend, the cast of Neighbors arrived in NYC for the film’s press day. While there, we were lucky enough to land an exclusive interview with Rogen, Byrne, Efron, Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jerrod Carmichael, who were all a delight to chat with. They spoke about pushing the envelope with their comedy, crossing boundaries, working with babies on set and much more.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch Neighbors when it hits theatres this Friday! We promise that the film will have you in stitches.
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron may play rivals in this month’s “Neighbors,” but the stars were right at home, joking together in our latest Unscripted.
Rogen and Efron answered a few fan questions — and some of their own — digging deep about their first acting gigs, tween slumber parties, and Efron’s most memorable prank. But it’s not until Rogen recalls the time Louis C.K. dissed Rogen and Jonah Hill, and Efron reveals the Swedish Fish-fueled secret to a camera-ready physique, though, that this Unscripted becomes truly memorable.
Matthew McConaughey helped Zac Efron find a work/life balance.
The hunky actor has credited his ‘The Paperboy’ co-star – who is a doting husband and father to three children – with sitting him down and helping him realise there’s more to work than making back-to-back movies.
Zac told GLAMOUR magazine: “During filming, Matthew and I had a lot of time to talk. We talked about life. He got me thinking, because for the past few years, I’ve been so focused on movies and work. I guess I’m compulsive like that.
“Matthew was the first person to sit me down like a big brother and say, ‘Are you happy? What do you want to do with your life, man?’ He’d say, ‘Let’s go do something fun today.’ All I’m thinking is, ‘Let’s go rehearse!’ I realised that there was something else I wasn’t tuned in to.”
One thing that keeps Zac grounded is a good workout, and he often hits the gym to lift weights.
The 26-year-old star said: “That’s my thing. It’s part of my life. It’s what I do and always have done.”
Zac also enjoys taking trips to remote locations by himself.
He added: “I like to sneak off to really remote places in the world and just chill. I kind of feel that travelling is how I’m able to stay real and grounded.”
Zac Efron said he feels relieved after opening up recently about his battle with addiction. In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday, Efron said that giving a recent in-depth interview to The Hollywood Reporter felt like “a weight off my chest.”
“It was a rough year,” the “Neighbors” star today “Today’s” Matt Lauer.
But the 26-year-old said that putting out his new film, a comedy co-starring Seth Rogen, was “such a great sort of icing on the cake for all of this.”
“It couldn’t be better now,” Efron said.
In the interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Efron, who went to rehab last year, said that dealing with addiction is a “never-ending struggle.”
“I was drinking a lot, way too much,” said Efron, acknowledging his drug use, too.
Now, Efron has been seeing a therapist and has joined Alcoholic Anonymous, which he said has “changed my life.”
“Things are so much easier now,” said the former “High School Musical” star.