To answer the question, nothing. At least, that’s what we’re telling airline officials in this new red band trailer for Universal’s upcoming comedy Get Him to the Greek. The film stars Hill as the assistant to a major music executive (played by Sean P. Diddy Combs) who is looking to get ahead in life. He takes an assignment to escort insane British rock star Aldous Snow — Russell Brand’s character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall — from London to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. From there, all sorts of hell breaks loose as he is sucked into the bare-breasted, drug-smuggling, drunken stupor that is Snow’s world.
As I mentioned with the first trailer, Russell Brand still has that absurd charm when he’s playing a cinematic version of himself. And the writing of Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller (who is also directing) is still sharp and punchy. The added bonus here is that Get Him to the Greek looks a bit raunchy. It’s an experiment that Universal seems to be pushing this year, relatively solid R-rated comedy. Between this and MacGruber, they’ve got both the funny and the dirty on lock. The question now becomes whether it will pay off with audiences who, as Kevin Smith continues to find out, don’t exactly flock to R-rated comedy. That is, unless your movie is The Hangover. Alas, the trailer and official synopsis for Get Him to the Greek are below. The film is in theaters June 4, 2010.
Get Him to the Greek reunites Jonah Hill and Russell Brand with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller in the story of a record company executive with three days to drag an uncooperative rock legend to Hollywood for a comeback concert. The comedy is the latest film from producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People).
Aaron Green (Hill) gets things done. The ambitious 24-year-old has been given a career-making assignment. His mission: Fly to London and escort a rock god to L.A.’s world famous Greek Theatre for the first-stop on a huge comeback tour. His record mogul boss, Sergio Roma (Sean Combs), gives him one warning: “The artist is the worst person on Earth. Turn your back on him at your own peril.”
British rocker Aldous Snow (Brand) is a brilliant musician, but due to a bad break up and nose-diving career, has fallen off the wagon and is now a drunken disaster. Weary of “yes men” and scared he’s entered the “greatest hits” moment in his career, Snow’s in the midst of a nihilistic downward spiral. When he learns his true love, model/pop star Jackie Q (Rose Byrne), is in Los Angeles, Aldous makes it his quest to win her back…right before kick-starting his world domination.
As the countdown to the concert begins, one innocent young man must navigate a minefield of London drug smuggles, New York City brawls and Vegas lap dances to deliver his charge safe and, sort of, sound… all while trying to remain faithful to his med student girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss). He may have to coax, lie to, enable and party with Aldous, but Aaron will get him to the Greek.
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