Step Brothers was took cinema into beautiful new territory when you saw Oscar Nominated actor John C. Reilly horrified at Will Ferrell t-bagging his drum set. I don't recall there ever being a major studio release where that happened and I have to say it's one of the most hilarious things I witnessed in a movie theater.
I mean the movie's filled with so many golden moments that are somehow made even better when you learn some little-known facts about this modern classic.
While editing Talladega Nights, director Adam McKay was in the editing room when he heard someone mention "bunk beds". He got the idea for two grown men playing Step Brothers and the idea for the script was born.
Hamm, Thomas Lennon, and Adam Scott were up for the role originally.
Reilly had to play drums for the 1995 film Georgia, which recorded live music from its actors.
They had a band called Shark Fighter where John was the lead singer. John's brother was very particular about him touching his drum set. Reilly confessed in an NPR interview that when his brother was out of the house he would indeed play the drums.
Jenkins realized at the end of the filming that Reilly's father used to work in the linen business in the Chicago area, turns out that Jenkins worked for Reilly's dad in the summer of 1969.
Ferrell kept them after filming, too.
Old t-shirts were carefully selected and Brennan's pajama pants were made out of old Star Wars bedsheets.
The director graduated from Great Valley High in Malven, Pennsylvania in 1986. Brennan performed at the Great Valley Talent show where he was booed off-stage and told he had a mangina.
The NFL analyst was brought in to play Brennan's boss...but would always change the line director McKay would suggest to him if there was cursing in it.
The actor was bit by a dog in his butt during a scene. When Jenkins came to set the next day asking McKay if he wanted him to limp for continuity purposes, McKay said that he probably wasn't going to use the dog scene anyway.
Catalina sounds so much better though.
The theatrical version was 98 minutes, however.
McKay was working with the music producer who came up with "Boats n Hoes" and was even going to involve Katy Perry and Rihanna. However, everyone who was supposed to be involved with the project had scheduling conflicts so it never came to fruition.
It's the same pizza place that Ricky Bobby briefly worked for during Talladega Nights.
Probably not a scene you want to method act in.
I grew up in a marginally superstitious family who brought some beliefs and hocus-pocus superstitions from the old country. I couldn't make too much noise late at night for fear of attracting a "jinn." I couldn't point at cemeteries or stare into a mirror for too long or my face would become deformed, and heaven help me if I was ever mean to or disobeyed my parents or grandparents, because then I'd be looking at a cursed life that would ruin me until the day that I died.
But the idea of "back luck" or stepping on cracks, walking under ladders, or stealing a black cat's macchiato isn't something that my family really bought into. Sure, we believed in supernatural stuff and the idea that karma gets back around to mess with you or your kids, but "bad luck"?
No honey, it isn't luck that's ruining your life, it's an unseen species of metaphysical monsters that exist in a different plane we know little about—but they are mentioned in the Quran, so be careful!
There are phenomena so unfortunate that simply looking at images of them will cause the same bad luck to befall you. So on this Friday the 13th, gaze upon these pictures with extreme caution.