Nat Faxon and Jim Rash must have really felt they needed Steve Carell for their new movie, “The Way Way Back.” They certainly went to great lengths to ensure his involvement, as they told Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.”
They started by pleading with him in a long letter. But while Carell said that he liked the script, their shooting time was when he spends time with his family in Boston. With Carell not wanting to miss this time with his family, Faxon and Rash came up with a solution.
“And so, we said, ‘What if we shot it where you vacation with your family?‘” Faxon told Leno. “And that was enough to do it. And so, we shot it in his backyard.” Ironically, they even checked out Carell’s family house when they were scouting locations for the movie, though they didn’t realize it was his at the time. Things might have gotten more intimate had they selected it for filming.
The comedians — who wrote Oscar-winner ‘The Descendants’ — pulled together an all-star cast for the movie, including Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney, but they all had to go to Carell’s family vacation spot to be in the film.
“The Way, Way Back” is currently in theaters nationwide, and getting great reviews. It currently has an 83 percent “Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes. “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
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