Hot Tub Time Machine has a killer cast, including John Cusack, Chevy Chase, and Rob Corddry, and a weird premise about traveling back to your R-rated party-boy heyday. The one thing it didn't have, according to Cusack? A script.
Even though John Cusack tried to be pretty mum on the details, the actor (who's also a producer) filled us in exclusively about the movie's status, and just how R-rated this film will be.
Let's talk Hot Tub Time Machine. Where's the film at right now?
I won't give anything away, but we are cutting the film right now. But it's about four guys who go back to the 1980s.
From what we saw in the trailer it seems like a pure group comedy. Who is your character in that group? What is your role?
I play sort of a guy who is a little bit of a control freak. He doesn't like to look back, and he gets forced to go back.
Since you are dealing with time travel is this going to be a Peggy Sue Got Married scenario with the actors from the future stuck in their child bodies, or will you have younger versions of yourself playing 80s you?
I'm not gonna tell you.
You are killing me.
I'm not killing you I'm trying to tantalize you.
Well the trailer looks like a return to the heavy drug usage, heavy on the swears, super fun type comedy? Are you guys doing a lot of drugs?
That's true [about the comedy]. There's not a lot of it, but there's some, you know it's the 80s, it's got drugs and sex and all the things that you know...
Why should we be excited for this movie?
I think Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry are hilarious. It's pretty fun if you like those old movies. There are some characters that make fun of those old movie characters like the stock bad guys on the ski patrol and the things like that.
What about the stock good guys? Anyone skewer your past characters a little bit?
We'll we have those too [for the good guys]. I think somewhere in there it's doing that. Crispin Glover is in it and he was in Back To The Future and is an 80s icon. He's in it. Chevy Chase is in it.
Besides the cast, why did you want to get involved with this project?
Because MGM was making it, and they only had about half of a script and they wanted to start making it before the summer. So they said, you have to just go shoot it right now, and you can produce it, but you'll have to rewrite the script and write it, but you'll have to start in seven weeks. So it was a very insane project and time frame, but we decided to do it anyways. It was a mad dash. Because you know what the fuck? It's just this insane juggernaut.
With a title like that, it kind of has to go to that extreme.
Even the filming was that way, we only had about 60 pages of the script. We just had to write it as we went. A lot of it is improv.