By Ryan J. Downey
Aziz Ansari has delivered brilliant one-liners, barbs and tomfoolery in small supporting roles in movies like "Get Him to the Greek" (2010), "Funny People" (2009) and "I Love You, Man" (2009). But "30 Seconds or Less" sticks the 28 year-old South Carolina-born standup comic in multiple scenes, providing a welcome expansion of the "Parks and Recreation" star's movie screen-time.
Speaking with MTV News at a Q&A following a Sneak Peek Week screening of "30 Seconds or Less" (which costars Jesse Eisenburg, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) at Los Angeles' Pacific Design Center, last year's MTV Movie Awards host told us about the pressures of tackling a leading role.
"I had to shoot a lot more since I was in the movie more," he pointed out. "It was a lot of work."
"30 Minutes or Less" reunites Eisenburg with his "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer. He plays a pizza delivery guy named Nick who is forced to rob a bank by two criminals portrayed by McBride and Swardson. Aziz stars as Chet, Nick's friend who is coerced into robbing the bank with him.
"It's the first time I've been around the whole movie," Ansari told MTV News to much laughter from a crowd of lucky onlookers who had just caught the early screening of the movie.
"It's usually like, 'Alright you've been around for a couple of minutes - just say something about your penis and get out of here,'" he joked. "I was very excited to be in the movie the whole time."
All of that work, of course, isn't without its drawbacks.
"I was sleepy all the time," he added. "When you're in the movie for three minutes, it's really easy. You just come for a couple of days and then you just like hangout, play tennis [and] eat refreshments."
"30 Minutes or Less" hits theaters August 12, 2011.