|Dan Fogler and Topher Grace in "Take Me Home Tonight"|
|Demetri Martin and Topher Grace at the Q&A|
He touched on the filming in Phoenix, which took about two and half months, although he was only there for a few days. Because the majority of the film is about a party which takes place at night, the cast members would shoot all night and then be done working around 6 or 7 A.M.
“[The cast and crew] were like vampires – you just work all night, and then go to sleep, and Phoenix is one of the sunniest places I’ve been to,” Martin commented.
Grace explained that they wanted to make a movie about the ‘80s, but one that wasn’t a spoof film. The soundtrack in the movie, then, was chosen appropriately.
“We wanted to have a strong ensemble cast and we loved John Hughes movies, so we kinda wanted to put it all together … before we hired writers, we made sort of a ‘ultimate mix’ and I would say 90% of that mix is actually in the film. We wanted it to be really kickass music and be ‘of’ what the characters are going through,” Grace said.
Martin talked further about movies made in the ‘80s:
“[Take Me Home Tonight] takes place in the ‘80s and I remember seeing ‘80s movies where, it’s such a funny ethic – you look at a lot of ‘80s movies and the goal to be, like, the richest f---ing guy in the world. And that’s the hero, and you want to root for this guy because, like, he wants to be the richest guy! That’s such a good thing to want – go for it! Where now, it seems like people have more of a conscience.”
|Topher Grace addresses the audience after the movie|
“It was really important to us when we made this movie that Matt Franklin [Topher’s character] is a beautiful swan in the ‘90s but sadly in the ‘80s he’s like a really ugly duckling. Graduating, we thought, was always like a second puberty, and like the first puberty, you feel like everyone else has it figured out but you,” Grace said.
The screening in Ann Arbor will definitely generate buzz for the film – as of last night, even, there were already a few tweets online about the screening. In fact, Martin encouraged the audience to talk about the movie; he jokingly exclaimed, “if you love it, Twitter the hell out of it!”
“Take Me Home Tonight” doesn’t hit theaters until March 4th, but you can bet that this writer and the other Ann Arbor screening attendees will indeed be buzzing about it until then.
|Topher Grace and Teresa Palmer in "Take Me Home Tonight"|