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#Sundance: Mark and Jay Duplass Talk Cyrus

#Sundance: Mark and Jay Duplass Talk Cyrus

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When Mark and Jay Duplass convinced Fox Searchlight to back their new movie Cyrus, they insisted that they be allowed to make a Duplass brothers movie: strong story, naturalistic acting, hand-held digital cameras. But they jumped from a $50,000 budget to $7 million, and hired name movie stars. In this bizarre, intimate, unpredictable and often hilarious family drama, Jonah Hill gives the performance of his career as a pampered mother’s boy who freaks when his mom (Marisa Tomei) brings home a new boyfriend (John C. Reilly).

In this two-part flip-cam interview, the brothers explain their process. They start with a script, but allow their actors to take off from there.


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