SXSW: Stars of 'Neighbors' Get Laughs During Facebook Live Chat
The film, starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple suffering from arrested development, will make its world debut in Austin.
The cast of Neighbors embraced the interactive part of SXSW with a Facebook Live panel hosted by online comedy network Funny or Die.
The event took place at the Lustre Pearl, an Austin bar that was decked out to look like the fraternity from the film, which stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple forced to live next to a frat after the birth of their first child. Neighbors castmembers Rogen, Zac Efron, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco answered questions from Facebook fans during the hourlong conversation moderated by director Nicholas Stoller.
Rogen, who was also a producer on the film, started by reminiscing about his past SXSW experiences.
"We came here with Observe and Report, and I remember we left thinking this movie is going to be a big hit," he said. "That's the risk of SXSW. Perhaps the audiences are too kind."
Efron said that he came to the festival with Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Wells, but "I've never premiered a comedy here." Rogen then quipped, "or anywhere really," to which Efron responded, "You're right. Well if it was a comedy, it wasn't intentional."
Light ribbing aside, Efron also shared that "it was a dream come true" to work with Rogen on the film. Rogen then shared what first drew him to the project.
"I am 31 now, I'm married and a lot of my friends are having kids," he said. "For me, one of the reasons I don't want to have kids is that I'm afraid it will ruin all the fun stuff that I'm doing. … I'd never seen a movie explicitly about a new parent grappling with the fact that they can't go out and get drunk all the time anymore, which again is something that I heavily related to."
The Facebook Live discussion was one of several Funny or Die events during the interactive festival. The company, an offshoot of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company Gary Sanchez, is also hosting a frat party to promote Neighbors and an event with its Fuse show Funny or Die's Billy on the Street.