posted on August 25th, 2012 /
filed under The Way, Way Back
The New York Times has posted a very insightful article on the current making of “The Way, Way Back”, a new comedy by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash with Toni Collette and Steve Carell. When most of America last saw Jim Rash and Nat Faxon together, it was February and they were flanking the filmmaker Alexander Payne on the stage of the Academy Awards as the three men received their Oscars for the screenplay of “The Descendants.” Mr. Faxon was grinning widely, while Mr. Rash flexed an elbow and thrust forward a leg, emulating the posture of his trophy’s presenter, Angelina Jolie.
Five months later Mr. Rash and Mr. Faxon had traded their tuxedos for simple summer clothes as they stood on the sweltering back porch of a beach house here in this bayside town south of Boston, where they were directing their first feature film, “The Way, Way Back.” The narrow porch was crowded with equipment and crew members, and the kitchen packed with stars like Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Amanda Peet and Rob Corddry. While the weather threatened to pivot from grueling heat to pounding rain, Mr. Faxon and Mr. Rash were trading quips about their newfound levels of stress. “Stay around until you see a blowup,” Mr. Rash said, only sort of joking. These two longtime collaborators could have invested their post-Oscars capital into almost anything, whether a big Hollywood studio project or new pools. Instead, before returning to their television day jobs – Mr. Rash plays the spastic college dean on NBC’s “Community,” and Mr. Faxon is starring on a new Fox sitcom, “Ben and Kate” – they are channeling their energies into “The Way, Way Back,” an independent coming-of-age comedy. The complete article can be read here.