‘Hot Rod’ gears up

Lonely Island comedy team debut film

HOLLYWOOD — “Dude, Gerard Butler in ‘300’ didn’t even scratch the surface on what I did for this movie,” quipped Andy Samberg about his stunt work in “Hot Rod” at the pic’s preem after-party Thursday at Les Deux Cafe.

In prepping for his role as an amateur stuntman who jumps 15 buses on a motorcycle, the “SNL” regular forwent the typical action-star routine of protein diets and rigorous exercise.

“I had to drink way less alcohol because I had to get up early. Ugh! The worst part of moviemaking is getting up early,” exclaimed Samberg, who simply learned how to ride a moped for the film. “Paramount had to sit me down and tell me, ‘If you do your own stunts, you’re going to hurt yourself and then we can’t shoot the movie,'” he added.

“You know what? I would have let him kill himself. There’s such a thing as insurance,” retorted “Rod” helmer and Samberg’s Lonely Island comedy team partner Akiva Schaffer.

In addition to producer Lorne Michaels, who hired the Island trio of Samberg, Schaffer and Jorma Taccone to work on “Rod” a year into their tenure on “SNL,” other players from the latenight skein showing their support included Will Forte, Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen and pic’s co-star, Chris Parnell.

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