For rising comedic star Jake Johnson, who appears alongside Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in the new romantic comedy “No Strings Attached,” his personal highlight from working on the film (in addition to having the best lines in the trailer and many of the killer one-liners in the film as well) was working with legendary director/producer Ivan Reitman.
“For me, working with Ivan Reitman was crazy because of ‘Ghostbusters,’ ” Johnson recently told MTV News of the man responsible for helping bring comedic classics like “Animal House,” “Ghostbusters” and “Meatballs” to the screen. “We did a whole scene where, this was one of the coolest moments of the movie for me, the scene where we’re in a fraternity house, partying and, you know, Ivan produced ‘Animal House,’ ” Johnson added. “And we’re all hanging out, setting up, and he goes to somebody he was standing next to, we were standing in a little circle, and he goes, ‘Man, I’m having flashbacks of “Animal House” in here.’ And he looked around and goes, ‘This is exactly how it felt, but in a different era.’ And I thought, ‘That’s awesome!’ Like, this is actually that man. [He] was there and [John] Belushi and [Bill] Murray and all those guys were such inspirations for our kind of generation. So to see a man who was there, it made it very real.”
The actor, who you may recognize from his roles in “Get Him to the Greek” and “Paper Heart,” said Reitman’s legacy and résumé meant Johnson and the rest of the cast were happy to do whatever their director asked of them.
“Ivan’s a guy who we all kind of felt on set that we’re all going to bat for him. Anything he says, we’re trying,” he said. “And it’s different when you act with a director who’s your age and in your group, because it is more of, you get to battle it out, talk influences, and say like, ‘We’re trying to do this, but it’s more like that,’ … Well, Ivan is the influence!” Johnson enthused. “So I couldn’t debate him on stuff. It would be like, ‘Yes, sir! Yeah! Let’s do that! It’s quite right! Like the movie, you made.’ ”
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