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Recently, Cameron Diaz and the Farrelly Brothers gave their thoughts on There’s Something About Mary which was recently celebrating its 20th anniversary of release. Now, Step Brothers is the film that is celebrating a release anniversary, its 10th to be precise. Step Brothers was a movie which continued the success that Adam McKay had with Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby as well as continuing his collaboration with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
Adam McKay spoke to Variety about Step Brothers in honour of its 10th anniversary and one of the things that was discussed was whether he based the characters of Dale and Brennan on anyone specific:
“It was a period in time where we were starting to see this whole thing go on in our country where there were grown adults going to Comic-Con, grown adults dressing as ‘Star Wars’ characters, and this idea like, ‘What is childhood? What is adulthood?’ We started talking about that feeling of, ‘I remember being 12 years old and the new X-Men came out.’ It was just this event. We weren’t channeling specific people from our childhood, we just wanted that feeling of being 12 years old and what that meant.”
McKay also shed some light on what made Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly so perfect for their roles in the movie:
“Both of them have a big kid-like playful side. They both have an inane sense of humor of what it means to be an adult in this world and are able to laugh at that. The root of all comedy is screwing with expectations and screwing with reality, and who does that better than kids? On another level, they are both brilliant comic actors and are incredible at improvisation. They are also shockingly grounded for as ridiculous these characters are. They play them very real. Of all the movies we’ve done, it’s probably the most absurd premise. That’s the key, playing it as real as you could. Both of them commit to just ridiculous moments that few people can.”
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