#Sundance: Mark and Jay Duplass Talk Cyrus

by Anne Thompson
January 27, 2010 3:51 AM
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When Mark and Jay Duplass convinced Fox Searchlight to back their new movie Cyrus, they insisted that they be allowed to make a Duplass brothers movie: strong story, naturalistic acting, hand-held digital cameras. But they jumped from a $50,000 budget to $7 million, and hired name movie stars. In this bizarre, intimate, unpredictable and often hilarious family drama, Jonah Hill gives the performance of his career as a pampered mother’s boy who freaks when his mom (Marisa Tomei) brings home a new boyfriend (John C. Reilly).

In this two-part flip-cam interview, the brothers explain their process. They start with a script, but allow their actors to take off from there.

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  • zach | December 17, 2010 10:44 AMReply

    only good thing about this flick is marisa tomei because of obvious reasons, k that being said this particular piece of art is trash its dull, dry slow and drawn out, could have done something better in my basement and i dont have a basement....and thats all i have to say about that!
    I never get that hour and a half back, this is straight doo doo

  • Jake Yenor | February 2, 2010 9:19 AMReply

    I saw these guys and this movie the other day at the Michigan Sundance thing. Hilarious guy and a great movie.

    - Jake Yenor

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