SXSW Interview: John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill

SXSW Film 2010

When films are cast perfectly, you can tell. There is a certain energy and chemistry that makes these characters feel alive. So when casting an improvisational comedy, could you ask for two better guys than John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill?

Now if you would answer yes to the question posed above, you haven’t seen Cyrus. Cyrus is a comedy about a man who finds the woman of his dreams and then meets her son, who proves to be much more problematic than you would anticipate. Most people made immediate comparisons to Step Brothers, which also starred Reilly. However, these are two vastly different films. Cyrus is far more dark and uses relationships as the catalyst for humor and vulnerability. Most of this darkness, unexpectedly comes from Jonah Hill.

Hill has been known to play certain types of roles, which I am sure most of you are familiar with. This is not the Jonah Hill you may love or hate. Hill certainly brings a ton of laughs to Cyrus, but also forces a much greater performance from Reilly. Try and go see this one fresh, without any expectations from either actor. I’m sure you will just as pleased as I was. Hill and Reilly expose all of the pain, love, awkwardness and humor that is life. Their performances in Cyrus make you want to laugh, cry and cringe at the same time. This is Hill’s best work so far, and introduces some younger audiences to the John C. Reilly that some of us miss when he was just a great character actor.

Make sure to keep in mind that most of the dialogue in the film is improvised, which is how most films directed by the Duplass brothers are. That point is exactly what makes me appreciate the film so much more.

Check out our 7-minute interview below.

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