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5 Questions: Adam Scott of The Overnight

Adam Scott will talk about almost anything, willingly, honestly, openly. Even with a full day of press, the actor is wry, starting and continuing material like a seasoned improvisational player.

However, there is one subject that Adam Scott does not want to discuss — the ending to The Overnight, his hilarious and meaningful film that he stars in and executive produces. Scott plays a husband, Alex, to Taylor Schilling’s wife Emily, (the film opens with the couple making love awkwardly, to give an idea of the tone of the film). On the playground with their son, they start a conversation with another couple, Kurt and Emily (Jason Schwartzman and French actress Judith Godrèche), also with a young son. They suggest that the couples get together one night with the kids for a playdate and the affair holds more than a couple of surprises.

If there is anything that the casual moviegoer may have heard about the film, it is that Adam Scott ‘dresses up’, (along with Jason Schwartzman), and Scott eagerly admits that this he has been asked about this development from January until ‘this very moment’.

But then he reveals so much more about the film, which Patrick Brice directed, and the actor demands must be seen in a theatre. We sat down with Scott at the nearly empty ballroom of a midtown property, and he revealed his expectations going into The Overnight, the way he consumes films, the state of his U2 Podcast, and his role in the movie Black Mass.

Scene Creek: Do you think is the important to watch The Overnight in a theatrical setting?

Adam Scott: I think it was important for this one to get a theatrical run. When we were up at Sundance, before that, we had only shown it to friends, I mean, at most, seven people at a time. We had shown it to a few different groups of friends just to get their feedback. We had all been working, (director) Patrick (Brice) and Christopher Donlon, our editor, and cutting it and we were all giving notes. We had been working on it for several months and then started showing it to people. So by the time we got to Sundance, we were really nerv…we thought it was functioning and it worked, we thought it did, but we didn’t know how an audience would react to it.

So suddenly, we’re in the Eccles Theatre with 1200 people and they went crazy. And the reaction was anything beyond we expected. I mean, to the point that we were worried they’d miss important bits of dialogue and other jokes, because it was so raucous.

But then we thought this was a premiere audience, maybe they’re just really excited. Also, we thought that this was encouraging, premiere audiences. It’s a nice tradition, but it could be a little deceiving.

But then the next day at the screening, same..it was a much smaller theatre, but you could hear the exact same reaction the next day, exact same reaction the next day.

So by the time we were signing the dotted line, we felt like, unless this is a total anomaly, we’ve got this crowd-pleaser, and we should at least give people a chance to see it in a theatre and get that experience. And so far outside of Sundance, that’s been the reaction. Even critic’s screenings have been loud, raucous affairs. And you know how hard it is to please those people.

So it was important to us to give it a chance theatrically, I mean VOD will come later on, and so it’s just a fun experience going to see this with a big crowd, it reminds me of WarGames or Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not that I’m comparing our movie to Raiders of the Lost Ark, but just the experience of seeing something where a crowd is all in it together is usually a fun experience.

Scene Creek: How do you usually watch movies?

Adam Scott: I have a mirrored ceiling, and I project things onto the ceiling.

No, like tonight I’m going to see a couple of movies.

Scene Creek: Inside Out?

Adam Scott: Inside Out and Jurassic World, I haven’t seen either yet, so I’m going to try to see both tonight.

But mostly, I’ve been on the road for five months, so mostly it’s been lying down with an iPad on my chest, with an iPad you get that great HD picture and Bose headphones, it’s just a legitimate cinematic experience and an intimate cinematic experience, I mean, I just love it, and I could lay there for hours, watching stuff, Jesus!

Scene Creek: What was Jason Schwartman’s experience wearing a prosthetic?

Adam Scott: Jason’s became engorged with water, and it was almost like Valyrian steel of prosthetic penises.

Scene Creek: And it could defeat White Walkers?

Adam Scott: Yeah, it could. If only Jon Snow had a prosthetic, he would have been fine.

Scene Creek: Can you say anything about your role in Black Mass?

Adam Scott: I play Robert Fitzpatrick, an FBI Agent, other than that, no not really? I haven’t seen it, but I heard it’s great.

Scene Creek: Are you going to continue to do the ‘U Talkin’ U2 to Me?’ podcast?

Adam Scott: Yeah, I mean we haven’t recorded an episode an episode in a while. Scott Aukerman and I went to see U2 a few weeks ago and we haven’t recorded the episode yet.

Scene Creek: Carrying it with you?

Adam Scott: Yeah. I was actually asked about it today, somewhere and it was on live TV. They asked me about the U2 podcast and I said I can’t comment, because we haven’t recorded the episode yet and Scott would kill me if I told any part of the U2 story (laughs) before the episode. And I think it will be a doozy.

(The podcast) is just sitting there for an hour bullshitting with an idiot.

Scene Creek: Which one of you is the idiot?

Adam Scott: Scott is the idiot (laughing).

The Overnight opens in Toronto this Friday at Cineplex Varsity and VIP, and in other Canadian cities in the weeks to come.

  • melissa

    “it was almost like Valyrian steel of prosthetic penises…” I love him even more for saying that!!!