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Live From Sundance: A GQ&A with Lizzy Caplan

Check out GQ’s interview with Lizzy at Sundance:

GQ: Is this your first Sundance?
Lizzy Caplan: No, I was here two years ago for a short film that I was in, but I produced it also. It’s called Successful Alcoholics.

GQ: But it’s still pretty surreal, right?
Lizzy Caplan: Oh, yeah. It’s a very different coming with a short film, because it shows in a shorts program as opposed to your own premiere, and then to have two films here this year is pretty insane. Luckily they’re in separate categories so I’m getting to experience the premiere and also the competition vibe, but yeah, it’s overwhelming. I’m tired.

GQ: It’s that time where everyone forgets what day it is.
Lizzy Caplan: Oh, totally. If I wasn’t leaving today, I’d have no idea what day it is. I’m just waiting for people to tell me where to go and for how long for so many days in a row. I just need to go home and exercise my independence for half a day or something.

GQ: What is it like having this instantaneous feedback on your movies? I mean, even beyond buzz on the shuttle bus or in the bathrooms afterwards, you’ve got people leaving the screenings and Tweeting things immediately.
Lizzy Caplan: Yeah. Yeah. It’s super intense. I’m not on Twitter, but I’ve been checking it, not having an account, and it’s—I mean, I guess there’s nothing to do about it but accept that’s the way it is now. Otherwise, you’ll drive yourself crazy.

I shot Save the Date in the summer and Bachelorette late summer, and they turned them around so quickly and we’re seeing them now, and so that part of the instantaneous, the immediate gratification, it feels more like television than film, so that I like. The Tweeting business, that’s a little too instant for my liking. But then again, you get to hear what people are thinking—like, people, lots of people, you get to hear their individual opinions as opposed to just a reviewer or critic.

GQ: Obviously, you can’t get away from the fact that the themes of both your movies at Sundance are commitment, fear of commitment, fear of growing up, stuff like that. Are you at that stage where everyone starts getting married?
Lizzy Caplan: Well, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and we don’t get married there. [laughs] Not ’til way later, for the most part. I have a couple friends from growing up who are married, but the vast majority of us are not. I think it’s similar in New York, or maybe it’s just similar in this business. The way that I see marriage is different than the way my sister sees marriage or my brother, even though I guess they were raised in LA also, but I think there’s something about this business that you can stay sort of young and immature for longer than maybe you should. I think the themes are just going to start popping up more and more as I approach 30, because that’s just a very appropriate milestone to base a story around.

GQ: It’s a big one. It kind of socks you in the face for a few years.
Lizzy Caplan: Does it?

GQ: Yeah.
Lizzy Caplan: Uh-oh.

GQ: It’s fun. It gets better after that.
Lizzy Caplan: I know Mike Mohan, the director, has talked about this in a couple of interviews. I feel like Save the Date is a kind of anti-marriage movie, like the happy ending for Alison [Brie] and Martin [Starr] is that they call off the wedding, which is not to say they won’t be together and get married down the line; I’m sure they will. But it seems like the happy ending comes with calling off your wedding, if you really boil it down and simplify it. But Mike Mohan, the writer and director, is happily married for multiple years, so he does believe in it. And both of our producers who were on set everyday, they’re both married and dig it, but I find when I talk to people who are married, I always ask, “Do you like it? Are you still having fun with this person?” And clearly it’s a different answer for everybody, but the institution of marriage, the fact that we still take it as seriously as we do when it seems kind of like an antiquated way of thinking, is ridiculous. Like, the amount of pressure, I’m sure, when you hit 30, 35, as a woman… And I’m not even anti-marriage, I’m not. I probably will get married; half the time it’s a very exciting idea to me, the other half the time, it’s [like], why? Who cares? As soon as you get married, you’re closer to getting divorced.

GQ: The message of both movies is “Do your thing” and “Fuck everyone else.” Which I like.
Lizzy Caplan: I do too. So much easier said than done, because you really do get that pressure. I felt lucky that I had kind of avoided it. My family’s very chill about that stuff. They’re not asking questions about if and when I’m gonna get married, even though both of my siblings are. My sister got married a few years ago, and I know a lot of girls, when they go to their sister’s weddings, the family just descends upon them and starts asking them those questions. People, for the most part, leave me alone, but I also feel that the timer’s about to expire and I’m going to be getting that question quite often, and it’ll just make me probably not want to do it. But whatever. We’ll see.

And the thing is, when you have a child with somebody, that, to me, is a true bond for life. Way more so than a wedding or just a marriage. As soon as you have a kid, then you’re really stuck. [laughs]

GQ: What I thought was really cool about Save the Date was that no one’s villainized. Even Sarah’s new boyfriend Jonathan, everyone’s like, “Yeah, he’s a good guy. I hate to say it.” It’s so nice, in a story about love and how complicated it is.
Lizzy Caplan: Totally. I think that all of the characters are recognizable from a lot of people’s lives. I hope that they are. And I do think that [in] life, minus the occasional psychopath here and there, everybody truly is just doing the best that they can, and a lot of times, doing the best that you can hurts other people’s feelings, and it’s unavoidable. I do like the idea of the nice guy kind of getting shit on, because that is what happens. I mean, he is so loving, and I know personally, in my past, if guys have been so nice to me—nice is the wrong word—anything I wanted, they treated, and put me on a pedestal and all that, I do get sort of bored with that and want to push them away. I don’t think it’s as cliché—it’s certainly not for me—as like, “I like guys who are assholes to me.” Definitely not. But that pure, sweet niceness, I don’t know, I liked seeing in a movie that that’s not really working out for him trying to get this girl.
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‘Party Down’ Movie Script Is ‘Almost Done,’ Lizzy Caplan Says

Check out Lizzy’s Sundance interview with MTV where she mentions that Party Down Movie script is almost done:

Like the cast members of “Arrested Development,” anyone and everyone that’s ever been associated with the short-lived cult comedy series “Party Down” inevitably find themselves fielding the same question: when’s the movie coming out?

Of course, a “Party Down” movie isn’t guaranteed, but cast members Lizzy Caplan and Megan Mullally both told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival that progress has been made on bringing the canceled series to the big screen.

“I think they’re almost done with the script,” said Caplan. “And I have no doubt that it’ll be fairly close to flawless. We’ll just move forward very quickly and hopefully be able to shoot something this year.”

Mullally was a bit more cautious in her assessment of the “Party Down” film, largely due to recent comments she made that got her in hot water.

“I got in trouble for saying it was definitely happening,” she said. “So now I’m supposed to say it’s looking good.”

As for what the movie might center on, Mullally heard one particular idea that should raise fans’ interest.

“Originally I know that Lizzy wanted one of the events that we catered to be Ken Marino’s character’s funeral,” she laughed. “I don’t know if that’s really going to happen or not, but sorry Ron Donald. It’s been real!”

Mullally’s husband and “Parks & Rec” star Nick Offerman has apparently heard a thing or two about the “Party Down” movie as well.

“I do know there’s going to be a lot of f—ing in the movie,” he deadpanned.

“It’s going to be an X-rated movie with live-action, very hardcore sex scenes,” Mullally agreed.

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Lizzy Caplan Talks ‘Party Down’ Movie, Bachelorette & Save The Date

Check out Lizzy’s interview with THR about Party Down’ Movie, Bachelorette & Save The Date:

The Hollywood Reporter: How do you feel about inevitable comparisons between these movies and Bridesmaids?

THR: Well, the script for Save the Date had been around for years and years, and I only became attached to it recently. It’s really very different than Bridesmaids; and Bachelorette started as a series of plays in New York. But one thing is for sure, had Bridesmaids not ended up being so amazing and successful, we would never have been able to make Bachelorette. So we are in awe of Bridesmaids and totally owe them so much. Both of my movies are rated R and have a lot more, kind of, drugs and darkness, though. (Laughs.)Save the Date feels like a quiet story about two sisters and the men in their lives, kind of reminiscent of the quieter rom-coms of the 1990s; it’s very character-driven and not as wedding-focused.

THR: And Bachelorette?

Caplan: I play a girl named Gena. All three characters — mine, Isla Fisher’s, Kirsten Dunst’s — are extremely screwed up, terrible human beings. My character had something happen to her in high school because of her boyfriend, played by Adam Scott, and she’s held a very severe grudge for many, many years and is just pretty much pissed at the world. She hates everybody, which is always a fun character I seem to get to play a lot. The movie is based on a series of seven plays that our writer-director Leslye Headland did. They were based on the seven deadly sins, and this one was gluttony. Leslye is amazing and will become a powerhouse writer-director in the very, very near future. She and I were actually developing a television show together for like a year that went nowhere and then from the ashes of that came this movie.

THR: You seem to play a lot of sad, angry characters. Is that a coincidence?

Caplan: (Laughs.) I know, I know, I can’t avoid it. Luckily I do sort of enjoy it. I mean, this one goes the farthest, in that category.

THR: Did Adam come onboard because you had worked together on Party Down?

Caplan: Yeah, Adam and I are very close buddies and I begged him to consider being in this movie. He’s the best, he is the best.

THR: How many times have you been to Sundance?

Caplan: Well, I went to Slamdance once, which is not the same thing though. That was many years ago. And then two years ago, I went for a short film that I produced and was in that’s called Successful Alcoholics. And that was in the shorts festival, but this will be the first year that I have two legitimate movies in competition. (Laughs.)It’s really exciting — I need to remind myself to be extremely excited, especially because I adore the cast of this movie and everybody’s going.

THR: Do you have any favorite Sundance memories?

Caplan: Two years ago, I was at a dinner with my agents and like 16 people. I was at the table with this young girl that I’ve never heard of before named Jennifer Lawrence, who’s now like a massive movie star. She was like, I think, 11 years old then? I mean, I really unfortunately don’t have tons of hilarious Sundance stories, because really I am not the biggest fan of hanging out, but the reason why is because I never go see other people’s movies and I think that’s the way to do it.

THR: I was very excited to learn recently that Party Down is going to become a movie.

Caplan: Yes, that’s what we’re hoping for! Everybody is really onboard and excited. John Enbom, who wrote the majority of the show, is writing the script right now. He really is the unsung hero. It’s so cool. It’s really since the show went off the air that the fan base has gotten bigger. I think I can speak for all of us that it was a particularly special job we would all love to revisit ASAP.

THR: And so you don’t have to become real-life caterers, that’s the goal.

Caplan: I know, I think that hopefully that ship has sailed.

THR: What other projects do you have coming up?

Caplan: I’m about to go to work in a couple hours for my last day on New Girl. I just did like four episodes of that.

THR: I hear that show is doing pretty OK.

Caplan: (Laughs.) Yeah, I hear that it’s enjoying minor success. I’m trying to think what else I’m supposed to talk about. Oh, there’s this other movie that I did called Frankie Go Boom, I’m not entirely sure where that’s going to end up.

THR: It sounds like you have a very diverse professional portfolio at the moment.

Caplan: Just keep telling me that. Call me every morning!


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Martin Starr on Save The Date, Party Down movie & Lizzy Caplan

Martin talks about Lizzy in this interview with Movie Online about Save The Date & Party Down movie:

What was the dynamic like on set, working with Lizzy Caplan again and also Alison Brie, who’s another cult TV hero to many?
I don’t know about any of their cult statuses, but I knew everyone except Alison. I’d worked with Mark before and Geoffrey – I don’t know if we’d worked together before, I don’t think we had, but we were friends before for a long time. And Lizzy and I obviously have known each other for a long time. We actually went to second grade together. It was just like hanging out with family. Alison and I quickly got to know each other, and got along great. She became a cult classic in my life!

I don’t know why I said such a corny line like that, but it’ll happen from time to time, so get used to it.

Can you tell me anything about the Party Down movie?
There is nothing official. I know that things have gone out that make it seem like it’s official, but there’s nothing official. We all have our fingers crossed and hope that everything works out and that we can get it made. There are small steps being taken that hopefully will lead to people signing contracts and us getting to do something, but at the moment I’m not capable of saying that it’s happening yet.

Have you heard if anybody’s working on a script?
I have heard of the possibility of financiers, but then I don’t know to what degree things are moving forward, or if things are moving forward, but I know that there are talks. Hopefully those talks lead to us getting to make an amazing movie that all seven of us fans can watch. I’m joking; I hope there’s more than seven people out there that like Party Down.

There definitely are. With this movie, and Lizzy’s other Sundance movie with Adam Scott (Bachelorette), there’s a lot of excitement. Any time Party Down people get together, it becomes A Thing.
I hope so. I actually am writing – I don’t know if I should talk about this, but I’ve already started this sentence – I have sold an idea to a little company called ABC (I’m With Stupid), and that idea consists of Ryan Hansen and myself playing friends on it. I’m in the process of writing the script with Justin Adler, and if things go well and ABC likes it, we may actually get to move forward in the process. But nothing could come of it as well.

I hear you’re on your way to a table read. What’s it for?
Yeah, I have to go to a table read for The New Girl. Lizzy actually went and did a few episodes. Jake Johnson is a good buddy of mine, and I’ve known Zooey for a little while, I guess. And I know Liz and Jake Kasden – he directed the pilot of Freaks and Geeks. I’ve got history over there.


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TCA: Megan Mullally Confirms ‘Party Down’ Movie Shooting in 2012

YAY! Lizzy’s co star, Megan Mullally, confirmed Party Down Movie today at TCA. Cannot wait!

After being canceled in 2010 and having hints of a film continuation dropped by series star Adam Scott, Megan Mullally confirmed the project was moving forward while addressing reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“I will be doing the Party Down movie,” she said. “John [Enbom] is writing it right now.”

After the panel, where Mullally appeared alongside other actors and showrunners from Fox’s Wednesday comedy block, the newly minted Breaking In star relayed more details about the movie to a scrum of reporters.

The entire cast is coming back, with the possible exception of Jane Lynch, who she was not sure about. And she believes the story will pick up just where the second season finale left off.

Prior to Enbon fully fleshing out the script, Mullally says he turned in an outline that was “enthusiastically approved” by investors.

“I think we’re going to see Lydia’s ex-husband — Ed i think is name — who was really racist and a misogynist,” Mullally said of her character’s possible story in the film outing.

Party Down followed a hapless group of Los Angeles caterer-waiters and ran for 2 seasons and 20 episodes. It was created by Enbom, Veronica Mars scribe Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge and Paul Rudd.

Mullally says filming will take place in the late spring or early summer.