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About The Production
When producers Mary Parent and Scott Stuber were searching for the next film to add to their production company's growing collection of comedy hits, including The Break-Up and You, Me and Dupree, they came upon a story that writers Timothy Dowling and William Blake Herron had crafted about two guys who refused to grow up until they were forced into taking care of a couple of boys who needed their unique brand of guidance. They optioned the project with producer Luke Greenfield, but it would have to wait until Paul Rudd; Rudd's often writing partner, director David Wain; and Seann William Scott expressed interest in the film before it would take off.

The producers were long familiar with Scott and Rudd, as they had overseen the development of such Universal Pictures' comedy hits as the American Pie series (with Scott) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (with Rudd) during Stuber and Parent's tenure as Universal's heads of production. Parent notes, "The subject matter in Role Models was great and a perfect fit for these two actors. We find four disparate characters who are thrown together against their will and who would never have thought that the others could be a catalyst for the changes they go through.”

Stuber admits that what interested them in pursuing the film with Rudd and Scott was that the style of humor of both men couldn't be more different, or more complementary. While Scott is known for playing characters with raunchy humor and outrageous antics, Rudd's scene-stealing roles as the straight man with a very dry wit and acerbic attitude offered comic potential that meshed well with Scott's.

The producer states, "When we were at Universal, Mary and I worked on the American Pie series with Seann and The 40-Year-Old Virgin with Paul; we were big fans of both. The script for this film presented one of those great pairings that we knew, right away, would work for the two of these guys. We felt there would be real comedic value in what they would bring to the story.”

After Rudd and Scott were committed to the film, the production team felt that they had found just the men to rework the script and adapt it to Rudd and Scott's sensibilities and timing. Along with director Wain and his fellow The State comedy troupe performer, Ken Marino, Rudd would develop the story of two immature energy drink salesmen who are, by nature, complete opposites, and, by default, best friends. Danny is cynical and a premature curmudgeon, while Wheeler loves the ladies and partying…responsibilities be damned.

Rudd explains the steps: "I read the script, and it was a work in progress. I thought the idea was very funny and that there were some good jokes in it, but it was in the process of being written and rewritten. I thought of going different ways with the two characters, and then the producers asked if I wanted to write it. I had worked with David Wain and Ken Marino before, and I liked their humor. So, David came in to direct it, and David, Ken and I worked on the script together.”

The writing team developed the character of Danny as a man who is at a point in his life where he simply cracks, willing to openly berate a coffee shop barista on her company's choice of names for drink sizes. "He just can't deal with it anymore,” Rudd explains. "Just the general things you deal with every day annoy him. It's to the point where he can't even brush it off his back when people say ‘24/7' or ‘ASAP' or ‘110 percent.' He's pretentious and hates everybody, but really hates himself the most.”

Of her team's choices, Parent explains, "We needed to discover these characters, and then tailor them to Seann and Paul. David Wain, Paul Rudd and Ken Marino had really fresh ideas for these characters and made them very real. They are idiosyncratic; they are eccentric. They're specific, and, h

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