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GET HIM TO THE GREEK

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Alpha to Omega: Getting Them to the Greek

The scene-stealing characters of a hotel waiter named Matthew (Jonah Hill) and his fan crush, rock god Aldous Snow, were introduced to moviegoers in Nicholas Stoller's directorial debut, the hit romantic disaster comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Audiences responded to the enthusiastic groupie who tried to pass the rocker new songs and the sexobsessed former drug addict who was involved with the self-obsessed Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). Aldous' ability to get under the skin of Sarah's ex, musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel), was matched only by his annoyance at Matthew's unrelenting attention toward him.

While one might initially wonder, Get Him to the Greek is not a sequel to that breakout comedy. Music executive Aaron Green was nowhere to be seen in the story that told of Peter's journey to recover from a gut-wrenching break-up. Although Jonah Hill did star in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Aaron is decidedly not the same guy who stalked Aldous across Oahu. The rationale? Stoller loved these characters Segel had created and was a big fan of American actor/writer Jonah Hill and British performer Russell Brand. It was at the table read with the cast of Forgetting Sarah Marshall that Stoller saw the first glimmer of what would become Get Him to the Greek. Offers the writer/director: "Jonah and Russell had amazing chemistry. Then, on set, they were just hilarious together.”

When Stoller approached Hill and Brand about partnering for another project, he found both men very receptive to the idea. Stoller recalls: "After Sarah Marshall, I had a meeting with Russell and pitched him this idea. Then I pitched Jonah the idea, and they both thought it'd be fun to work on a movie together.”

Hill remembers the request: "I was dying to work with Russell again, and I would have done anything Nick asked me to do.” When he read the screenplay, the actor knew he was ready to play the music-obsessed executive. "Aaron Green is driven and ambitious and has a serious relationship,” explains Hill. "He's probably the most normal guy I've ever played. The interesting part is that we get to explore what's extreme and weird about Aldous' life. It's not as fun for Aaron as he thought it was going to be…just weirder.”

For the filmmaker, Hill's character proved to be more of a challenge to write than his comedy sidekick. Stoller explains: "Jonah's part in Forgetting Sarah Marshall was very much a broad character, so broad it would have been hard to sustain a whole movie. It wouldn't have made sense to have him play the same character.” Stoller decided to craft Aaron as a young record company executive who had three days to wrangle a rock icon from London to Los Angeles. Aaron idolizes this legend, but his hero worship is undermined by what he experiences on the road with him.

The story starts off simply enough. "We wanted to get across that when you imagine hanging out with a rock star, it seems exciting and thrilling,” explains Stoller. "You get to stay up all night and party. We wanted to capture the idea that it just never ends. And Aaron has a great time. Next morning, you wake up and start partying again. There is no end to it. It's a triangle where it gets more fun, more fun, more fun, then it hits an out-of-control moment, and then it starts to plummet down toward Earth.”

When fleshing out the story for Get Him to the Greek, Stoller initially wrote a new protagonist (not Aldous Snow)…with Brand in mind to play him. The filmmaker soon realized, however, this major character in his script simply had to be a rock star with the attitude and swagger of Aldous. He thought what better way to extend one of his favorite roles from his directorial debut th

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