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A Few of Tim Story’s Favorite Behind-The-Scenes Moments

FANTASTIC FOUR
(Fox)
“There was a big scene on the bridge where the guys had to find Ben Grimm and he’s caught on the bridge. I think I had so much fun doing that scene because it was the first I’d ever created from scratch — a thing like the Brooklyn Bridge. I had the chance to create a world. I remember going in when I first sat down with the producer and the production designers and it was, ‘How are we going to do the bridge?’ I actually thought for a second we were going to close down the Brooklyn Bridge and that would be impossible. The fact that I got a chance to build pretty much a section of the Brooklyn Bridge blew my mind. That was a big emotional scene and, to this day, really loved making that.”

BARBERSHOP
(MGM)
“One of the most fun experiences was doing the infamous Rosa Parks scene. It was just masterful comedy in my opinion, just because it was so blunt and came from such a real space, especially for the character. I remember the night. It was getting late and we had to do this scene that night. I remember telling the actors ‘Guys, I think we can do this scene in four takes.’ And everybody said, ‘OK.’ And we did that scene in four takes. Everybody gave me 100%. For it to be such a classic scene and for it to take no time to shoot it — it’s lovely when that kind of stuff happens.”

THINK LIKE A MAN
(Sony)
“There’s a basketball scene in the middle of the movie where we got a few Lakers and what was cool about that scene was it turned into one of the funniest moments in the movie. The plan that day was just to invite a few basketball players to the gym and we were just going to have the guys kind of walk by and maybe say something to them and keep moving. And for some reason we just sat there and started writing this scene. This scene came out of nowhere. It literally just kept going. We sat there for half a day and shot this scene with these basketball players that today is one of the funniest scenes in the movie and it ended up being used all over the trailer. And the entire scene was an ad lib. When you have actors and a situation and you’re just in sync you just let what can happen, happen. We ended up with a comedy gem.”

RIDE ALONG
(Universal)
“I remember when we did the shotgun scene, especially the stunt of Kevin (Hart) being thrown back against the wall. I always try to base my comedies in reality. They can still be really, really funny, but they gotta be realistic. I remember we were trying to say, ‘OK, how much is he going to fall back with this gun?’ We did one level and it was just Kevin. He shot the gun and he kind of just stumbled back and hit the thing. Then the second level he kind of shot it and kind of a did a little bit of a jump and sailed over that thing. Then I said, ‘OK, let’s see the other one,’ and we tried it with the stuntman. We pulled the stunt guy and he went against the wall too hard and fell in this thing. And the entire crew started laughing. The other thing that’s so cool is that I got Laurence Fishburne to play the villain. It was just so much fun because I’m sitting there looking at three legends: Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube and then you got Kevin Hart. I watched that triangle and it was just like you knew you were doing something special.”

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