“Neighbors” with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Jerrod Carmichael, Dave Franco, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is a comedy. However, there are some serious repercussions when your juxtaposition is not conducive to a harmonious relationship. Case in point is that of Justin Bieber throwing eggs at his neighbor’s home in California. That being said, The Film Strip asked cast members what kind of neighbors they were.
“I’m generally pretty good,” Seth said. “Around every three months I will scream at you for building your house. Other than that I’m pretty good.” Asked to expound on the screaming, Rogen explained his predicament. “I don’t like my current neighbor. He’s been building a house for the last two years. It starts at 7:30 a.m. everyday, and he’s an asshole about it. So he knows I don’t like him; we argue a lot. So my method of dealing with it that I scream at him like every three months. It makes me feel a little better and does nothing as far as the progress of the house goes.”
Efron told me he was a good neighbor and his neighbors as well. “My neighbor is awesome and he has a new family, a really sweet wife and we actually get along.” Franco followed with a picture perfect example of his neighborly presence. “I’m a pretty fantastic neighbor, too,” Franco admitted. “I realized recently I’m basically the grandmother of with two cats who would prefer to stay in and watch ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ than go out and party. Yeah, I would love to live next to me because I’m pretty boring. It’s just like you look in the window and it’s me with 34 pounds of cat on me [Laughs].” Likewise, Byrne is a member of the favorite neighbor club. “I’m quite a good neighbor, also [Laughs],” she allowed.
On the other hand, Mintz-Plasse did not mince words talking about being the neighbor from Hell until an intervention. “I was a bad neighbor,” he acknowledged. “I had a band and we would just jam during the day and there was no way to sound proof it. Neighbors would just feel the vibrations of the bass and the drums and they would get very angry. But I got a contractor and built a little soundproof studio and now they love me. Yeah.”
Jerrod Carmichael tells readers what kind of neighbor he is in The Film Strip, May 8, 2014.
Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]