From the Premiere
of "The Girl Next Door"
Paul Dano (‘Klitz’)
and Chris Marquette (‘Eli’) play Emile Hirsch’s best friends in
the R-rated coming-of-age comedy, “The
Girl Next Door.” Catching up with the two at the movie’s World
Premiere, I had the chance to find out about life on the set and
how “The Girl Next Door” compares to other teen comedies of the
and PAUL DANO INTERVIEW:
worked in another movie with Emile Hirsch.
Did that make it easier to play best friends onscreen?
PAUL DANO – Emile and I are really good buddies and actually Chris
and I worked together when we were like 12 on Broadway. He used
to do a lot of theater and that’s how I got started in New York.
help you two play good friends?
PAUL DANO – We haven’t seen each other in so long.
– We’re still good friends. The three of us are pretty good friends.
Did the three
of you do anything off the set to help you bond?
CHRIS MARQUETTE – We went to the YMCA gym.
PAUL DANO –
(Laughing) Oh God! The first thing Emile wanted to do was go work
out. We went to the YMCA and I just sat there.
– We kind of tried to do something for about a second - lift some
weights - but there were these really buff guys sitting around.
PAUL DANO– But
we all got along so well together it wasn’t like we had to get to
know each other.
the point of working out at the gym?
CHRIS MARQUETTE – I don’t know (laughing). You have to ask Emile
PAUL DANO –
Yeah, ask Emile. It’s not explainable (laughing).
You get the
script and it’s about a porn star and there are scenes that take
place at a porn convention. What did you see in the script that
sold you on the movie?
PAUL DANO – It’s a good part in a good movie. It’s a funny movie
and I think people are going to like it – and the porn element is
great. And kids are going to love it and all my college buddies
are going to love it.
– The 12 year olds are going to love it (laughing).
CHRIS MARQUETTE – No, no 12 year olds. It has to be rated R.
PAUL DANO –
But it by no means pushes a huge limit on raunchiness. I don’t think
anyone is going to get offended or disgusted. It’s not things that
haven’t been said before, to an extent, but it is really new and
character is totally obsessed with sex. Could you relate to that?
CHRIS MARQUETTE – Not really… No, I could. What I did was I borrowed
Paul’s porn collection and sort of got into the spirit of getting
to know Jenna Jamison and getting to know…
PAUL DANO –
Are you ever going to give that back?
– See, everything part I go on, I sort of take a little of that
person with me so I’ve got to keep them. Sorry.
has been compared a lot to “Risky Business.” Is that a fair comparison?
PAUL DANO – Yeah, I think it is.
– I think with the idea in mind that it’s a 90’s version. It’s not
a direct remake or a direct spin-off. Really only the basic premise
to “Risky Business” that is similar is that he falls in love with
a call girl. Tom Cruise did, and Emile falls in love with a porn
star. That’s pretty much the big thing, the romantic/funny story.
It’s got those characters and Paul and I kind of play like the Curtis
Armstrong type of character.
PAUL DANO –
All you can do is compare the two movies and that’s good. “Risky
Business” was a great movie to be compared to.
be talking about this movie in 20 years, like we still talk about
CHRIS MARQUETTE – My own personal opinion, I would love it if they
did but I just think this is going to be one of those comedies that
people are going to buy, that everybody is going to get a DVD of
and keep watching it. That would be great, but I don’t know.
Are we going
to see a lot of extra scenes on the DVD?
CHRIS MARQUETTE – A lot.
PAUL DANO –
There should be some good bonus stuff on there – all the outtakes
and stuff. That should be fun.
his role in the sexy comedy "The
Girl Next Door," Paul Dano provided a little insight into one
of his upcoming movies, "Rose and the Snake." Written and directed
by Rebecca Miller, "Rose and the Snake" marks the first time Miller
has worked with her husband, critically acclaimed actor Daniel Day-Lewis.
finished filming “Rose and the Snake." Can you describe your experience
working with Daniel-Day Lewis?
It was incredible.
I mean, Daniel Day-Lewis and I were enemies in the movie. I’m the
‘snake’ and his daughter Rose is the ‘rose.’ You couldn’t get any
more opposite from the character I play in ["The Girl Next Door"]
than the one I play in that. I’m the villain, the snake, sleazy
and like this sexual creature. There were days when we wouldn’t
even look at each other until the end of the day because we were
intense. I got into that; it was great. It would help me, too. You
know, I look up to him. Before I even auditioned for the movie I
did so it was incredible.
Is it hard
to put that character aside?
Yes. Actually I found I’ve never gotten into a character that much
because I don’t think I’ve ever played not like me that much. My
friends would tell me when I talked to them that I sounded different.
I really do think the character invaded me a lot more than anything
I have before. I think it was good, I think it’s great for the movie.
You know I got my hair cut for the film – my hair was real long
– and all of a sudden I saw myself in the mirror and I was like,
Is that a
Oh yeah, it is scary. I’m sure my girlfriend didn’t appreciate it
when I was away filming with this different character inside my
head the whole time. Honestly, you want to do such a great job with
those people, you are always thinking about it - and that’s another
thing of why it was always in my head. And the costume was very
not comfortable, real tight shirts that were cut off and tight jeans
and white boots. While I was on set, that was me. I wasn’t self-conscious
at all. I let all my scrawniness [out].
I was in to
it. It was a really great experience.
would you compare it to?
Oh wow. You know, I really don’t know what I’d compare it to. I
just really think it’s going to be a great drama. I think there’s
some really great acting in it. I think the best thing for me, after
a movie like [“The
Girl Next Door”] comes out, not only is the character an exact
polar opposite, it’s an exact opposite type of movie, too – and
has a different audience, and difference press, and different everything.
With a couple of other things that I’ve done recently – “Taking
Lives” is coming up and I’ve got a small part in that – and
a couple of “Sopranos” episodes, one from last season and one this
season, I’ve just kind of covered myself so that I can play all
different types of characters.
This is my first
time in a comedy and I’m not a comedic-type of actor. My first film
was a drama and that’s what I’m used to. This is the first film
a lot of people will see me in so they’re going to think I’m this
kind of actor. Hopefully they’ll like the other films.
anything you want to progress to at this point? Any genre that really
Yeah, I want the keep growing and keep doing interesting, different
characters. I don’t think I’ll probably do another movie like this
any time soon – at least for a while.
might get typecast in teen comedies?
You do. Luckily I’ve got other stuff now that I’ve done. I’m doing
more independent films. I really love the independent scene. That’s
how I got started. I did “L.I.E.” and it went so great for me, I
won the Independent Spirit Award and it won several other awards.
It blew my mind and opened up [opportunities]. I didn’t even know
about independent films before that. It just opened up the whole
world of it to me. You also do have to make a living at some point.
But I don’t really care, I’m only 19 and I don’t really care about
making a shitload of money yet.