Improv’s ‘Best’ bows in H’wood

Faux-docu called reality TV with actors

After Tuesday’s DGA preem of the faux-documentary “Best in Show,” Michael McKean said the key to doing a film that’s almost entirely improvised, “are the two C’s: character and competition. Play the character and be funnier than the other guy in the scene.”

His partner in most of those scenes, John Michael Higgins, said he goes with the rule: “Establish motivation and end result — then be as wild as you can with the dialogue.”

Director Christopher Guest said by going with improv, “you get performances that are so different than in a scripted movie because this is first time you’re hearing these lines being spoken.”

Eric Idle said the finished product is “like reality TV done by actors,” which might become the definition of a Hollywood movie if the writers’ strike goes forward next year.

Among those on hand for the preem that benefited the Natural Resources Defense Council were Warner Bros.’ Alan Horn; Castle Rock’s Rob Reiner, Martin Shafer and Greg Paul; producer Karen Murphy; stars Eugene Levy, Jennifer Coolidge, Catherine O’Hara and Fred Willard; plus guests Elizabeth Hurley, Harold Ramis, George Jones, Jeff Gold, John Dayton and Valerie Ferris, Harry Shearer, Tobey Maguire, Marisa Tomei and Carl Reiner.

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