One of the most exciting films to be announced for this year’s Sundance was Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s short “Fight For Your Right Revisited.” It’s not just that the film was a follow-up to their classic music video for “Fight For Your Right (To Party),” it was that Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride were going to be starring as the Beastie Boys themselves in the sequel, with cameos from Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black.
When MTV caught up with Rogen while he was promoting “Green Hornet,” he explained that it didn’t take too much to get him on board the project. “I literally got a phone call from MCA one day,” he explained. “It was funny because we were in our office, and [writing partner] Evan [Goldberg] was sitting across from me, and I was like, ’Yeah, MCA? Yeah, yeah, OK, whatever you want! OK, sounds perfect.’ And he was like, ’What just happened?’ I was like, ’I think I’m going to be in a Beastie Boys video.'”
“That was it. It was amazing,” he added. “I’m a huge Beastie Boys fan and they just called and asked if I wanted to be a part of it, and I said yes without hesitation. I didn’t need to hear anything. I didn’t need to see anything, any concepts. I was just like, ’I will literally do anything you ask me to do.’ ”
He wouldn’t share any plot details for the short, but he did explain how the costumes and props for the film were perfect replicas of those in the original music video.
“I don’t know where they all got it. It was hard to get,” he laughed. “The real Ad-Rock was saying he still has the Stuyvesant T-shirt that he wore in the video, but they made another one for Elijah. It was amazing.”
Are you looking forward to “Fight For Your Right Revisited”?