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THE BROTHERS SOLOMON

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The concept for The Brothers Solomon was born nearly a decade ago when Will Forte was just starting to get noticed for the comedic writing talent that would later earn him an Emmy® nomination. That's also when Forte began a 10-year working relationship with executive producer Tom Werner, co-founder of the Carsey-Werner Company.

In 1996, Forte joined the creative writing team for the critically acclaimed series "3rd Rock From the Sun” and then quickly segued into a writing slot on "That '70s Show” — both of which were executive produced by Carsey-Werner. While writing for "That '70s Show,” Forte joined L.A.'s improv comedy troupe The Groundlings and was soon discovered by "Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, who asked him to join the cast of that show. Carsey-Werner agreed to let him go, but not without him leaving behind the script which would evolve into The Brothers Solomon.

"We had a deal for Will to write a feature based on characters he created for a pilot that was never made,” recalls producer Matt Berenson, who ran Carsey-Werner Films at the time. "They were fresh, funny characters. We just needed to work with Will to hatch a movie idea that we could plug them into.”

The pilot, entitled "Dos Hermanos,” was the script that first landed Forte the job at Carsey-Werner, recalls the writer-actor. "It was about the adventures of two brothers named John and Dean Solomon who were very similar to the brothers in this movie. There was nothing Spanish about them; ‘Dos Hermanos' just sounded more exotic than ‘Two Brothers.' Carsey-Werner asked me to develop it into a feature-length script, which I agreed to do.”

The producers thought director Bob Odenkirk (Let's Go to Prison, "Mr. Show”) would be a natural fit to helm the production because, like Forte and Will Arnett, he had done both stand-up and sketch comedy himself. Odenkirk's vision for the material clinched the deal. "The script has an absurdist side to it as well as a very dry side,” says Odenkirk.

"Will Forte is a very funny writer on the order of Steve Martin. I liked the sweet nature of it and I had these ideas about defining the characters more by their positive, upbeat natures than by their stupidity. The producers liked my take on it and I immediately signed on.”

Forte and Arnett were both thrilled to learn Odenkirk had agreed to direct The Brothers Solmon. "Bob Odenkirk has been at the focal point of the comedy world for a long time and I am a huge fan,” says Forte. "I had a hard time talking to him at first because I had so much respect for him that it made me nervous to even be around him.”

Arnett adds, "Bob is an incredibly collaborative director, probably from years of working as a writer on SNL and a writer and actor on ‘Mr. Show,' and he understands what it takes to make a scene. I was really happy he signed on.”

The close bond between the brothers Solomon is the heart and soul of the movie. And it's the quirkiness of the relationship and the ways the brothers express their affection for each other that are the source of much of the movie's hilarity.

"The brothers are a little odd and could almost be taken as creepy if you saw them out of context,” Forte says. "But there's always a method to their madness, and because of their innocence, these are guys you want to give a second chance to over and over and over again. There is a real earnestness to everything they do; they have an unbridled optimism and they approach everything with that outlook.”

Producer Matt Berenson agrees. "The brothers are really defined by their positivity and their enthusiasm as much as they are by their cluelessness,” he says. "It's the combination of those things that makes them who they are. They always think things are going well, even when they're not, and there's something sweet about that whic

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