If you’ve heard of the comedy “The Overnight,” odds are you’ve heard about the male nudity displayed by stars Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman. The latter is shown to be generously endowed while the former is … not. When asked at the film’s premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival if prosthetics were used, one of the stars was quick to answer. “Adam jumped up to say they were absolutely prosthetics, both of them,” says Naomi Scott, the film’s producer and Adam’s wife of 10 years. “He wanted to make that very clear.”
Set to play the Los Angeles Film Festival this week before a theatrical release on June 19, “The Overnight” tells the story of a couple (Scott and Taylor Schilling) who relocate with their young son to Seattle. When they meet Kurt (Schwartzman) and his son at a park, they’re excited by the possibility of a new friendship. But a dinner party with Kurt and his wife (Judith Godrèche) becomes increasingly peculiar, resulting in some uncomfortable and hilarious comedy.
“The Overnight” is the Scotts’ first feature together, made through their company Gettin’ Rad Productions. They previously collaborated on the Adult Swim series “The Greatest Event in Television History,” which documented Adam’s attempts to recreate the opening credits to such shows as “Simon and Simon” and “Too Close for Comfort.”
If you’re not already tired of talking about the penis prosthetics used in this film, can we discuss them? I’m sure it’s the first thing everyone brings up.
Adam Scott: Of course. If I was asking questions, I would have to ask about it. How can you not?
Naomi Scott: I will say that I can never stop talking about penises. We talk about boobs all the time, so bring it on. From a producer standpoint, we were a really small production, our hair and makeup person really only had one other person to help with the application process. I was the extra hand, so to speak. But I have to say, I think they were so well-made.
Where do you even start when looking for a company to make prosthetic genitals?
Naomi Scott: I called David Wain because in his film “Wanderlust,” Joe Lo Truglio has a great moment being naked. I remembered that penis; that penis was memorable and looked real. So he looked through his contacts and recommended the company, they’re called WM Creations. They were so easy to work with and gave us a very fair price for a small budget film.
How did Patrick Brice’s script find its way to you?
Naomi Scott: Adam and I were friendly with Mark Duplass, he starred in something we produced for Funny or Die, “The First AD.” I said, “Look, we kind of work in your style; we hire our friends, we hire people we want to work with, we shoot quick we shoot smart.” And his friend Patrick had written this script, and he thought it was a perfect match for everything we’d been looking for.
Adam, were you always going to play Alex or did you ever consider the role of Kurt?
Adam Scott: when we got the script there was a moment where I kind of vacillated, and don’t remember exactly why this is the one I ended up gravitating towards. I felt like Jason and I were really good casting for those two roles and we had to shoot the movie quickly and didn’t really have time to rehearse or anything like that. So it felt like these were the best roles to put us in. Reading the script, on a gut level I immediately knew that guy and where he was coming from. Kurt it would have been a bit more of a reach to find that. This is all just making me sound very lazy.
Did you have any trepidation about collaborating on a film focusing on a married couple with issues?
Adam Scott: When we got the script I remember being creeped out by the Kurt character; that’s a guy that makes me uncomfortable. And the nudity, the content of it, made me uncomfortable. But it was really good so I was like, “Yeah, let’s do this.” Thinking, like with any script, there’s a 10% chance this is ever going to happen. Unfortunately, I happen to be married to a very organized, smart, tenacious producer, so nine months later we had a start date and I’m like, “Are you serious? I have to do all of this?” Then when I accepted it was happening and dug in, I was so happy we were doing it.
Naomi Scott: I don’t think I thought about it that much in terms of “Oh, this could potentially be a problem.” Part of it was that he was so busy working, it was just go, go, go, go, go and when we got to the point where it was time to shoot we thought, “Oh, this could unpack a lot of things. But it really didn’t.
Adam Scott: We also agreed for the intimate scenes, you wouldn’t be on set. But by the time we actually shot, it wasn’t an issue at all. I didn’t care, Taylor didn’t care, you didn’t care.
Naomi Scott: I end up becoming really good friends with all of his love interests. We have a really good track record.
Where did the name of your production company, Getting Rad, come from?
Naomi Scott: Adam’s from Santa Cruz, I believe it’s something he said as a kid. We have no idea what it means. And we have a tiger logo, apropos of absolutely nothing. Again, we like the absurd. It’s fun to hear people say it.
Is there a particular mantra the company has, or a certain taste that defines what you’re looking to do?
Adam Scott: So far it’s just stuff that we want to see. The kind of stuff we like.
Naomi Scott: Aside from this film, a lot of it is ideas generated by us. We sold a show to NBC called “Buds” with Joe Mandy, we’re also doing TV stuff. And a sci-fi show to cable. I wouldn’t say anything is out of the question. We’ve talked about comic books and kids’ shows. It’s what appeals to us in the moment.
Will there be another “Greatest Event in Television History”?
Adam Scott: I don’t think so. They were really fun and fulfilling, but really hard. The last one, “Bosom Buddies,” ground my nerves to a fine powder. It was so satisfying and fun but I think we’ve moved on from it. I just worry about if we do another one, if it’s not good … that would be a bummer to go out on a bad one. Up until the last second I thought “Bosom Buddies” wouldn’t be good. Our editor really made it click. I just don’t want them to start sucking.