The new 3-D computer animated film "Epic" tells the story of a battle between the (very small) forces of good and evil in nature, where the very life of a forest hangs in the balance. It features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Beyonce Knowles, Steven Tyler and Pitbull.
In the movie, Ansari plays a cocky slug named Mub; O'Dowd is his brave snail sidekick, Grub. Together they form a comedy team in the grand tradition of animated duos like Timon and Pumbaa, Buzz and Woody, and Shrek and Donkey.
Though he brings a lot of funny to "Epic," Ansari described his serious (and very made-up) preparation for the role. "Pitbull and I took a few classes at a nearby university to learn as much as we could about the insect world," he told MTV News. "We learned quite a bit."
O'Dowd was slightly less academic with his own "research" —"I just watched telly," he said.
So promised Nick Swardson on the set of "30 Minutes or Less," as he and costar Danny McBride attempted to explain what they were doing, just minutes earlier, in a junk yard in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a crossbow in one of their hands and a detonator in another. Take after take, they blew up watermelons with some homebrewed explosives and yelled f-bomb-laden tough talk.
No, terrorists they are not — just misguided fellows with an outlandish idea: kidnap a pizza delivery boy, strap a bomb to his chest and make him rob a bank. And that, in an action-comedy nutshell, is the plot of "30 Minutes," the Ruben Fleischer-directed flick that hits theaters on August 12.
"They're against terrorists. I mean, would you invite these guys over to your house with your family? Probably not," McBride explained. "They just want to be loved. Whether it takes a bomb or bank robbery to get there."
Not literally, of course — that would require one heck of a production budget — but the "30 Minutes or Less" and "Parks & Recreation" comedian is preparing to launch into outer orbit for a new comedy, he revealed to MTV News during Sneak Peek Week.
"[Director Jason Woliner and I] are actually writing this idea about me and another guy playing two disgraced astronauts that have to go back to the moon to clear their names," teased Ansari. Casting for the other role remains unannounced — though I'm casting my vote for Ben Schwartz, aka Jean-Ralphio on "Parks & Rec," to play Ansari's buddy-spaceman — but Ansari says that development is "going really well" so far.
"Jesse, to his credit, is a great improviser," said director Ruben Fleischer. "Both in 'Zombieland' and in this movie, he is responsible for so many funny lines, and he can kind of roll. I don’t think that’s his most comfortable gear, but when it's pushed up, he can give back as good as anybody."
Co-stars Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson, both well-known for their stand-up routines, were both equally impressed with Eisenberg's ability to roll with the punches.
When it comes to hosting the MTV Movie Awards, Aziz Ansari knows a thing or two about how to do it right.
Last year's host chatted with MTV News during Friday night's
Sneak Peek Week event with his new flick "30 Minutes or Less," and he offered up the most important advice he had for Jason Sudeikis, who is hosting this year's ceremony.
His words of wisdom? Don't look at Jackie Chan during the show. Ever.
In truth, the young "Twilight" star is not in the upcoming summer comedy (we can confirm it since we saw the movie last night), but at last night's Sneak Peek Week chat with Aziz, Nick Swardson and director Ruben Fleischer, the cast wanted the audience to think they had seen something they hadn't.
Aziz Ansari has delivered brilliant one-liners, barbs and tomfoolery in small supporting roles in movies like "Get Him to the Greek" (2010), "Funny People" (2009) and "I Love You, Man" (2009). But "30 Seconds or Less" sticks the 28 year-old South Carolina-born standup comic in multiple scenes, providing a welcome expansion of the "Parks and Recreation" star's movie screen-time.
Speaking with MTV News at a Q&A following a Sneak Peek Week screening of "30 Seconds or Less" (which costars Jesse Eisenburg, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) at Los Angeles' Pacific Design Center, last year's MTV Movie Awards host told us about the pressures of tackling a leading role.
"I had to shoot a lot more since I was in the movie more," he pointed out. "It was a lot of work."
That's right, we have the scoop on where everyone from Robert Pattinson to Nicki Minaj is sitting!
The "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" cast is representing the upcoming flick, with Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sitting front and center next to each other. Costar Patrick Dempsey is rounding out the trio sitting the row behind them for some emotional support. Read More...
For all the pizza delivery people out there, we know that it isn't exactly the most exciting line of work — but if two criminals strapped a bomb to your chest and forced you to rob a bank, we've got a hunch that you'd be begging for that sense of normalcy.
Such is the case in "30 Minutes or Less," the new comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari. We're closing out Sneak Peek Week with a live chat with Ansari, co-star Nick Swardson and director Ruben Fleischer, but best of all, we have an exclusive clip from the film. Check it out below!