'Drinking Buddies' Cast Gift: Custom-Brewed Craft Beer
This story first appeared in the Sept. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Mumblecore auteur Joe Swanberg's romantic comedy Drinking Buddies -- starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston -- is set in Chicago's craft brewing scene and arose from the writer-director's love of hops.
"I'm a home brewer and a huge beer geek," says Swanberg, who brewed a beer with Wilde and Johnson that they presented to cast and crew as a wrap gift. "My wife gave me a kit about five years ago. At the time, I needed a hobby that was free of critical infrastructure. After years of making movies, I wanted to do something just for myself, start to finish, in the comfort of my own home. It was a nice escape."
Of course, now that he's combined his public work and private pleasure, that critical infrastructure is front and center. Rotten Tomatoes rates the film -- in theaters Aug. 23 but already out on VOD -- 76 percent. No word on reviews of the beer.