ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese talks Buddy Games: Spring Awakening director and star Josh Duhamel and stars Kevin Dillon and Dan Bakkedahl about one joke after another (See and read more interviews). The trio discussed the filming process and critical reviews. The movie is set to release in select theaters on May 19 and digitally on June 2.
“Faced with their greatest challenge yet, the gang sets out to honor a lost friend only to find themselves in the middle of where it all began – Spring Break – where they discover the their old school partying ways that can barely compete with today’s generation,” it read. the moviesynopsis of this.
Tyler Treese: Josh – you start the movie, Dax Shepard’s Durfy is dead, and you take some hilarious digs at the movement method early on. What are your thoughts on the move? Some funny stories have come out about it, and it seems like people are just pretending to be their own dicks.
Josh Duhamel: I tried that. I’ve actually tried the method before – it’s a dark place. I have had situations where I have to go crazy for an episode of anything. You have to sit in that space for this. It’s hard to pull yourself out of it. You can’t take that, you know, you have
Kevin Dillon: And you can’t take it home with you.
Josh Duhamel: I thought they did a funny job of encapsulating that. But yeah, I don’t work with a lot of method actors. I have nothing against it. Whatever it takes to get there, you know?
Dan, a real highlight of both of these shows was your chemistry with Nick Swardson. What is it about him as a comedic actor that makes you want to play him so much?
Dan Bakkedahl: In the first movie, I thought I had to kill him. Like, literally. I was at his throat, he was at my throat – always. And then in the second film … I don’t know what happened. We boarded the plane together and it was like a love story the whole time. I think it’s that he and I are very similar in many ways, but we have slightly different ways of going to the same place that creates chemistry. We have so much in common it’s almost too much. That being said, if we were married, it wouldn’t last. That’s why we just stay friends. [Laugh].
Kevin, Buddy Games sounds like the funnest movie ever. What is really known about making all the different games these days? The sets were a complete blast.
Kevin Dillon: Yes, it is. This is the most fun you can have while making a movie. I’m lucky. I have Entourage — that’s as much fun as you can have on a TV show, and it’s as much fun as you can have on a movie. It was a blast. The sets are very beautiful. It was difficult. I mean, times are tough — I’m not going to lie, but I mean, guys get hurt. You hurt a bit, but that’s all part of the fun. I mean, I got a shiner in one episode. I took a piece off my nose – in both movies, too!
Josh Duhamel: The same part of his nose in both movies!
Kevin Dillon: Dan was angry many times. Covid is caught. It’s crazy, it’s fun, [and] I can’t wait for the third one.
Josh, when we talked before, you say that the last “fuck you” was making this movie after the first Buddy Games was fired by critics. Can you tell the need for this kind of comedy? We never see them become that way.
Josh Duhamel: Yes, I knew as soon as I put pen to paper that I was going to get stabbed, but you know what…
Kevin Dillon: I didn’t know we were blown up. I was just looking for it.
Josh Duhamel: Well, do you think they like it?
Kevin Dillon: No, they don’t like it.
Josh Duhamel: But you know, for me, again, I don’t care. I just want to make a movie that people will love and laugh at and think is a little naughty and do things where they’re like, “Oh my God, I can’t believe they just went there.” And that is the intention. But also, at the heart of it all, it’s about friendship. It’s about friendship. If you don’t have something based on it to begin with, it won’t work.
I think these guys do a great job of keeping the comedy grounded, and a lot of it comes from that. A lot of it comes from real scenarios rather than some kind of over-the-top set piece that nobody buys. Listen, I make these movies because I want to make people laugh. It’s something that I think can be relatable, and at the end of the day, screw them if they don’t get a joke. [Laugh].
And, we get to spend time outside with Buddy Games this season. There is a nice genuine element of togetherness in this group. What do you like about the exploration of friendship that we see throughout the movie?
Dan Bakkedahl: I have to say, when I read it, and I saw that it was going to be Kevin and I for a long time there, I was very excited about that because I thought, “Well, to dig a little bit into these relationships.”
Josh Duhamel: “And I don’t have to be with Nick!”
Dan Bakkedahl: Yeah, well, but the thing is I loved Nick in the second movie, so what can I do? But I think the best thing is it’s like … after we woke up after the party and I found out what happened to Doc, I found out what he did last night — we all have that friend who’s like, “I watch you act like an idiot. I’m the only person in the world who’s allowed to make fun of you for that, and I’ll do it until you physically attack me . [Laugh].