Jason Sudeikis is starting to rise up the ranks this year from cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live to roles in films like What Happens In Vegas, Going The Distance, and Hall Pass. Now the 35 year-old hopes to finally gain a foothold in the world of film comedy as accountant Kurt Buckman in the film Horrible Bosses.
The actor was asked if he was surprised by the amount of people that he discovered in America that worked for horrible bosses.
“I was, yeah,” Sudeikis replied.
Sudeikis says that while there was improvisation on set, he was cautious in using the term as he feels it’s implied by the media that it involves just a lot of fooling around on set.
“Less improvisation,” Jason replies, “Improvisation, for me, when you say that, I think, ‘The cameras start rolling and we don’t know where we’re going, and let’s just waste peoples’ time and money.’ That’s not what happens. There’s a lot of people, a lot of time. These guys, all three writers [John Francis Daley, Michael Markowitz and Jonathan Goldstein] laid out a tremendous framework.”
“And then we just sort of, at the beginning of the day, the four of us, Charlie [Day], Jason [Bateman], and I and, then [director] Seth [Gordon], we would talk about a scene and we developed a different rhythm because I don’t think [Michael] had Charlie and I for these parts, maybe Jason, but he might not have known who the hell who we were,” he adds, “Then, you sort of know each other’s rhythms at that point and you know where the scene’s going, coming from, and what it’s going into and you just try to make it lively on the dance so that little things will change, but it was mostly discussions about changing and punching this up.”’
Jason described how he bonded with his male co-stars during filming.
“We played a lot of Tiger Woods Wii golf early on,” Sudeikis recalls, “And then, Charlie
Sudeikis was asked if he and his male co-stars in the film’s acting styles was modeled off of The Three Stooges.
“As far as who was Larry, Curley, and Moe, we really didn’t,” Jason replies, “It was actually Carrie, Miranda, and Samantha.”
In the film, Sudeikis’s character, along with Jason Bateman’s and Charlie Day’s, plot to murder their respective bosses, played by Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, and Kevin Spacey. The actor recalled his hairbrained scheme that went horribly wrong.
“I got arrested with some friends in college for breaking into a car wash in the middle of winter in Kansas and that was a harebrained scheme that didn’t work out for any of us,” he remembers, “It was in Ft. Scott, KS, we were back early for basketball practice there before any of the rest of the people.”
“We got there, and we got into a car that had a crowbar in there,” Jason continues, “And a friend had an idea that we were going to go crack open like the dollar machine that you get the change out of so you can put in the vacuum. And we didn’t get to it. There’s nothing going up in Bourbon County, KS, and we got rolled up on and guns pulled out. Now there’s this new thing called crystal meth, which sounds like a hoot. Idle time. That’s about the extent of my criminal career. Also, I jaywalk on a daily basis.”