Film & TV

Adam Brody on ‘Some Girl(s)’, Re-enacting Porn and the Whereabouts of Captain Oats

Film & TV

Adam Brody on ‘Some Girl(s)’, Re-enacting Porn and the Whereabouts of Captain Oats

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In his latest film Some Girl(s), Adam Brody is not just some guy, he’s the guy. Adapted for the screen by Neil LaBute and based on his play of the same name, the film follows a self-obsessed successful writer (Brody), known only as “Man”, as he traverses the country to right the wrongs of his numerous past relationships before getting married. We caught up with the actor formally known as Seth Cohen to talk about acting with friends, ending relationships on a high note and filming Lovelace.

You did a short film with Neil LaBute, Double or Nothing, before Some Girl(s).  Have you got any plans to work on a third project together?
We’ve been talking about some theatre. I mean, I’ll do whatever he wants to do, you know? I’m just happy to be in the club. I’ve been a long-time fan of his. We actually met years and years ago briefly on a project that never came together and now he considers me in his roster and can use me as needed. It’s a very fortunate position for me and I’m really happy and I’m very flattered and honored at that and I fully expect us to do something again. What that is, I don’t know.

Were you already familiar with the play before you made the film?
No, I hadn’t seen the play. I’m an avid film watcher but not a theatre goer. But I was a huge fan of his films before this and I think I’ve read 90% off his plays now. So no, I had not seen it, which, may be a positive or not. In a way, it was because I didn’t feel intimidated and I didn’t have anyone’s performance in my head.

Who did you base “Man” on? Is he a character you’ve known or can relate to in any way?
I’ve never based anyone completely on anyone else in anything I’ve done. Not really. And I’m not wholly him, good god I’m not, but I think everyone can relate to some of his selfishness, or at least take it as a sort of reality check on yourself. Also, I think the thing that Neil does well, scarily well, is that he can write very relatable characters that are easy to recognize. It was somewhat self-explanatory to me how to play him because even though he’s pretty delusional, I think he believes what he’s saying so I kind of took him at his word.

“Man” appeared to me a character that would be more familiar to women than men. Would you agree?
I think having all the girls names as sexually ambiguous, you know, Reggie, Bobbi, Tyler – to me it seems, and I haven’t spoken with Neil specifically about this, that this isn’t necessarily a man or woman thing, the sexes could easily be reversed, or it could be a man to another man . It’s not gender specific –the movie or the roles, that’s the way I took it.

Have you ever looked up an old ex to apologize?
Uh, no. Quite simply, I have never looked up an ex to apologize. I’ve been fortunate, or just considerate, not to have any fiery endings to my relationships thus far. Most have been very amicable. I probably have more guy friends to apologize to than girlfriends, actually!

You’ll next be seen in Lovelace. How did you get the role?
Well, I got that late in the game – they were just about to start production and I got a call. I think Amanda [Seyfried] recommended me for it. We’d worked together before and it was fun.  Even though it’s a dark, dark movie, and the content is racy, my stuff is incredibly lighthearted.  We’re re-enacting a porn that is so inherently goofy on the surface that it almost felt like American Pie to me—not quite—but my scenes kind of were. My character is more like a brotherly character to her, a friend and a sympathetic ear. It was funny seeing people’s reactions—you get a chance to laugh and breathe a little more during my scenes than at the other stuff.

You’ve guest starred on a few TV shows recently, is that something you’d ever return to full-time?
I don’t have any real master plan right now but, a couple of fun things came my way, and House of Lies happens to have a few of my friends on it. Kristen Bell, who is also my co-star in this film, and my friend Josh Lawson are both in it so I had a couple friendly faces on set and, yeah, I had fun but it’s not something I wouldn’t do again, and at the same time it’s not something I’m aggressively pursuing. I just sort of go with the wind.

Lastly, I have to ask, are you still in touch with Captain Oats?
I’m not. I actually don’t even know where he is. I think Josh has him. Yes, I suspect Josh Schwartz has him.

Some Girl(s) hits theaters and Vimeo on Demand today.