A dramatic scene in the film includes some partial nudity from Jonah Hill, and this reminded me of a well-known scene in Stoller's previous feature film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which Kristen Bell is breaking up with a buck naked Jason Segal. In both cases, the nudity took a dramatic and serious scene and added a layer of vulnerability and an almost pathetic absurdity. Which is not to say that either of these gentleman looked pathetic while unclothed, of course.
So I've excerpted the "naughty bits" from my Get Him to the Greek interview, which you can enjoy after the jump. Keep an eye out for the full interview, which Cinematical will publish tomorrow, as well as for our review of the film. Warning: Some of the language and topics below may not be safe for work (although the asterisks are out in full play).
Cinematical: Jonah, was this your first nude scene?
Jonah Hill: Yeah, I think so. First of many. And you're welcome, for it turning you on.
Cinematical: I was sitting next to my husband when I saw it, I had to be very careful.
JH: I know. I was there. I saw the jealous rage in his eyes.
Cinematical: We were sitting right behind you.
JH: Yeah, I felt the heat. No, it was interesting. Nick was very respectful, he told me I had a cute butt.
Nicholas Stoller: He has a cute butt.
Cinematical: So that's how you get people to do nude scenes.
NS: You flatter them into taking their pants off. It's how I've led my whole life.
JH: The only thing that was weird was the second I dropped the robe -- the first time I dropped the robe, there's all the crew people around and stuff. It's like one of those nightmares where you leave home and you're not wearing pants at work? Because I'm literally not wearing pants and underwear at work, in front of all the people I work with.
NS: And then we shot the whole scene. It's in there for, like, a second. But we shot the entire scene, which is a five-minute scene, uncut, and it's a very serious, dramatic scene.
Cinematical: The mood in the room shifted so fast as soon as we saw it --
JH: Because it's a serious scene, and then you realize, the guy's been bottomless this whole time, Donald Duck style.
Cinematical: It reminded me of the scene everyone talks about in Forgetting Sarah Marshall --
NS: I don't know what scene that is.
Cinematical: They're having a very serious relationship conversation, and the whole time, I kept thinking, "He's not dressed. At all." It pulls you out of these scenes, just slightly.
NS: We did that because he was emotionally exposed, we didn't do it for a cheap laugh.
JH: I remember that was the first thing I heard about that movie, from Jason [Segal]. We were shooting Knocked Up while Jason was writing it, and I asked him, "What's it about?" And he said, "It's about a breakup, and the guy goes on vacation, and the girl's there with her new boyfriend, and while she's breaking up with me, I'm showing my d*ck. And I'm gonna show my d*ck."
NS: He said to me, "I want to show my d*ck," and I said to him, "We can't do that," I didn't know the rules, you know? So we're in the meeting at Universal, the green-light meeting, and Judd [Apatow, the film's producer] says, "You know what you should do? You should show your d*ck." And Jason was like, "I was just saying I should show my d*ck!" And I said, "Can you do that?" And the head of Universal, Donna Langley, was like, "Yeah, you can do that." And it turned out the rule --
NS: Right, it's not just flaccid, you can be anywhere below 90 degrees, that's fine, but if it gets anywhere above that -- this is the MPAA rule -- it's an X.
JH: Wait, so you can show a boner, as long as it's not above 90 degrees?
NS: I guess, if you have a weird boner.
JH: And you can show a flaccid penis all day.
The definitely R-rated Get Him to the Greek opens in wide release on Friday.