At Tempe’s El Hefe, actors Anna Kendrick and Adam Devine feed off of one another’s wise cracks. They finish each other’s sentences and can read each other perfectly.
They owe their comedic timing to their co-starring roles, as both of them appeared in the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, and this month’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.”
“We all really got along with each other,” Devine says about the cast. “But Anna and I really hate each other.”
Kendrick pipes up, “This is immersion therapy. The studio’s like, ‘Like each other!’”
In the movie, which opens July 8, hard-partying brothers Mike (Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates. They meet Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza and the four travel to Hawaii for the wedding of the men’s sister. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.
Devine and Kendrick were in town in April to promote the movie at ASU before the school year ended. So far, Devine says, the movie has received rave reviews from students at advanced screenings.
“We did one of these things at UCLA,” he says with his omnipresent smirk. “Toward the end, these girls right in front of us started crying when it was getting a little emotional. One of her friends said, ‘Oh my God. It’s so cute.’”
With frequent nudity, drug use and swearing, the R-rated movie isn’t necessarily “cute,” but it is a lot of fun. It was just as enjoyable for the cast.
“It was cool being in Hawaii for as long as we were,” Devine says. “We were really feeling like locals by the end of it.”
Kendrick adds examples, “You don’t go to that food truck. This is the food truck you go to. Don’t get this acai bowl, get that one.”
Creating the movie didn’t feel like “work” to Devine.
“A lot of times you’re in a shitty warehouse during night shoots,” he says. “With this movie, every scene was so funny.”
Not so funny was an offset incident with Devine and his family, who visited the young actor during the filming.
“My dad always wanted to go deep sea fishing,” he says. “I didn’t know that I get violently seasick. It was 30 minutes into the six-hour tour and I started puking and I didn’t stop the whole time.
“I was lying on the bottom of the boat shivering. I was so sick that I forgot to put on sunscreen. I cooked myself. I was shaking because I was so sick. But, it was the day we shot me and Zac fighting. I was all red and crappy looking.”
There was a silver lining; the directors wanted him to look “crappy” so there was a touch of realism in the scene.
“Yep, it worked out perfectly,” Devine says.