Justin Long & Tyler Labine Video Interview On 'Best Man Down'
Justin Long and Tyler Labine co-star in Best Man Down, which explores a man's life after his wedding is ruined by the death of his lifelong friend and best man. Throughout the film, Scott (Long) uncovers truths he did not know about his best friend, Lumpy (Labine). Scott and his new bride, played by actress Jess Weixler, travel to the snowy Midwest to arrange Lumpy's funeral. "I've come to learn a few gems about friends that I hadn't known for years," Long told Uinterview in an exclusive joint interview with Labine. "I'm trying to think of an example of having kept something from somebody for so long. For me, it would be something simple like, 'I didn't know you didn't like eggs.'"
Long credits Labine's comic performance as one of the film's highlights. "He so commits to this drunken buffoonish character," Long said. "It was really, really hard. And I pride myself on being able to maintain, hold it together, but it was tough with him. He was like Chris Farley funny."
- Q: The film deals with how well we know our friends. Have you known anyone that turned out to be different than you first thought? - Uinterview
- A: JL: Tyler's Dad. TL: Yeah. JL: I thought I knew him and he turned out to be not a serial killer. TL: Oh, see I learned later, I came to learn that he was a serial killer. JL: Maybe I was right all along? TL: So the deception is that deep with him. JL: No, I've never had it to that extent like where you find out Lumpy, Tyler's character in the movie, I start unraveling all this stuff about his life. I've come to learn a few gems about friends that I hadn't known for years. I think it's really insulting to keep something. I'm trying to think of an example of having kept something from somebody for so long. For me, it would be something simple like, 'I didn't know you didn't like eggs. Why would you not tell me that? I've known you for years.' TL: Or, 'You have a congenital heart disease that you didn't tell me.' That's a big one to keep. But from that perspective, that just might be a thing that you're not clamoring to tell people. You know, that you're dying slowly. JL: The eggs? TL: Oh, the eggs? I am allergic to eggs by the way. I've never told you that. JL: Oh you are? You hadn't told me that. TL: I do like them though. JL: I feel like I've seen you eat eggs. TL: Yeah, probably. JL: This is good stuff.
- Q: Have you ever been to a wedding that turned into a disaster? - Uinterview
- A: JL: You had one [points to Labine]. TL: I watched a few weddings, including my own, go off the rails. JL: How do your own go off? TL: Oh, wow. I don't know if I should tell this story. A couple things. My wife's aunt, I won't say her first name. JL: Well, she'll know. TL: Yeah, she'll know. Everyone who's at my wedding will know. Her name's ... We had a little teeny tiny podium for speeches up at the front of the dinner. And she got really rip-roaring drunk before the speeches. JL: Classic .... TL: She knows. She's a bit of a problem drinker. That's a mild way to put it. She brought this beautiful crocheted little Barbie house. I don't really know who it was for. It was full of sand and shells and a poem and two little crocheted dolls of me and my wife. And she got up there and presented it. And we were like, 'Oh.' And she was leaning on the podium a little too hard. JL: That's freakishly sweet. TL: And then she pulled out the poem and started reading the poem. And again, she's leaning on the podium a little harder and she just toppled over. The whole thing came falling over. JL: Did she crush the crocheted? TL: No, that was okay. Thank god. JL: Okay. Do you still have it? TL: I do. JL: What a creepy but thoughtful gift. TL: Yeah, like the level of thought that went into it creeped me out a little bit. JL: Yeah, it's equal to the creepiness. TL: That was one reason. And then my brother and my sister-in-law. JL: I'd love to have seen your reaction to getting that crocheted house. TL: She was more proud of the poem than the crocheted house.
- Q: What was the most challenging scene for each of you? - Uinterview
- A: JL: This is going to sound like horse--- because we're sitting together but keeping a straight face when he did a lot of his drunken stuff was difficult. He so commits to this drunken buffoonish character. It was really, really hard. And I pride myself on being able to maintain, hold it together, but it was tough with him. He was like Chris Farley funny. Somebody mentioned that, one of the reporters, like, 'He reminded me of some of his stuff, with Chris Farley.' TL: Nice. JL: But that level of commitment was hard to deal with. But so fun. TL: Thanks man. JL: And the weather. TL: That was difficult. JL: Not terrible. But you went through the worse weather [pointing to Labine]. TL: I went in the lake. JL: True. I should have let you just answer this. You got hypothermia. I had to like, not laugh a few times. TL: Yeah, but the elements were a little tricky to deal with. But the day that I had to go into the lake, they were very adamant that I didn't actually go into the lake because it was probably like 30 degrees in the lake. They were like, 'Oh, we set up this fake lake.' It was like an old carnival dunk tank. JL: Equally cold. TL: Yeah, very cold. Because they realized at a certain point that whenever I broke through the fake ice, if it was any amount warmer than the temperature outside, it smoked. So they were like, 'We got to make sure that it's about 34 [degrees].' I think it got up to about 38 degrees. That was the warmest we could go. JL: Oh my god. TL: They put me in a dry suit which, for whatever reason, at the beginning, I was like, 'I'm not wearing that. I'll be uncomfortable in that' [laughs]. JL: Oh my god. TL: 'I won't be able to emote in the dry suit,' but then I went in once without it and I said, 'Gimme the wet suit.' And that was pretty trying. That was pretty cold. They brought in this weird little ice fishing hut slash sauna. It was pretty cool. They plugged it in. It was made out of cedar. It got warmed up. JL: That's what those guys use when they're ice fishing? TL: Yeah, but this was like an upper-end... JL: Oh, like the Hollywood version? This was Will Smith's ice fishing hut. TL: Yeah, they had pop-outs.
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