Despite being in a wide variety of films, Justin Long’s perennial home has been consistently in the world of comedy in films such as Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball, Accepted, and Zack And Miri Make A Porno. His latest role is as Garrett, who play one half of a couple with co-star Drew Barrymore dealing with a long-distance relationship, in the romantic comedy Going The Distance.
The 32 year-old says the experience of doing a film with such a talented and funny supporting cast like Charlie Day, Jason Sudekis, and Christina Applegate proved to be more hard work than one would think.
“I always pride myself on being able to hold it together and kind of stable and kind of keep it together and take it,” Long says, “I’ve never had a harder time keeping a straight face and working these guys in. Rob Riggle and Kristen Shaal, you’re just so lucky to be surrounded by these people.”
Long shared with us the most challenging scene he had to do in the film.
“I would say some of the naked stuff was a little uncomfortable,” Justin reveals, “But I think the most challenging was trying to keep a straight face around my clown co-stars. I think just a lot of the intimate sexual stuff around a room full of 30-40 grown men, that was a challenge.”
And Justin says the kiss scene between he and co-star Drew Barrymore was hardly any less so.
“It was like a necessary evil, OK, here we go,” he says, “No, the first kiss in for us in the movie was, it was sloppy, we were stoned and so, it was easy to do. It was so comfortable. I like to think about my grandmother just because she’s always been an inspiration to me in my life.”
“No, I think you’re invested in the scene hopefully and sometimes it can be a surprise that you’ve never kissed anyone before that you met recently and people like different ways
Going The Distance’s dinner date scene between Garrett and Drew Barrymore’s character Erin, involves them revealing their favorite movies and music to one another. Long was asked to name some of her favorite movies and music albums.
“Albums, I would say Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and The Beatles’ Rubber Soul, I think, are my top three,” Justin replies, “Films would be Annie Hall, Back To The Future, and Way Out West.”
Finally, Justin was asked whether Going The Distance could be considered a “recession romance.”
“I think the fiscal realities of both the characters play a large part,” Long believes, “And it was nice to see something play out, especially how you can relate to and just the things you take for granted when you enter a long distance relationship, chief among them, the logistics, and just getting from point A to B and what is involved with that.”