Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari Joke-Interview Each Other, Sort Of
Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari make us nervous. We can't keep our mouths shut before they enter the room at the Fontainebleau, but once they're in there, we get shy. The two actors are visiting Miami to promote their upcoming movie, 30 Minutes or Less, which is due out this August. After they leave the interview, the two are whisked off to Lincoln Road to hand out slices of pie at Pizza Rustica. You see, Eisenberg's character in the film is a pizza delivery guy turned bank robber, forced to break the law against his own will, of course.
Eisenberg arrives to the roundtable interview first. He's friendly and shakes our hands, commenting on the room's ocean view. Ansari follows and immediately starts off with the comedy, performing a mock interview with his costar.
Pretending to write on the pad in front of him, he asks, "So, Jesse, uh... What was it like doing a film like The Social Network and then coming and doing a more comedic role like you had in 30 Minutes or Less?" Eisenberg answers seriously, "Well, actually, you know for me, it wasn't that different, 'cause my character has a bomb strapped to him, so he's in a drama."
Their new film was directed by Ruben Fleischer, who worked with Eisenberg on the dark comedy Zombieland. In 30 Minutes or Less, a pizza delivery guy (Eisenberg) is accosted by two goofy thugs sporting gorilla masks and wielding a flame thrower, played by the very funny Danny McBride and Nick Swardson.
They, as Eisenberg mentioned, strap a bomb to his chest and force him to rob a bank. He enlists the help of his best friend (Ansari), a third-grade history teacher. It's an action movie, it's a comedy, and it's a buddy film.
Fleischer wanted to use fewer computer effects, so, according to Eisenberg, he "put me and Aziz in this car and filled the road with 25 stunt drivers, and so we could do anything we wanted, weaving in and out, and the stunt drivers had to react to us." He says it was a unique situation "being able to drive recklessly and not worry. I guess it's basically like drunk driving."
As the pair walks through the lobby, people do double-takes, their eyes widening, their fingers pointing. The sight of two famous actors strolling casually on their way to serve their fans pizza is exactly why it's worth every penny to stay at the Fontainebleau.
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