Sitting across from Emily Blunt and Alison Brie, one can get an accurate sense of what days on the set of The Five-Year Engagement were like – there were probably a ton of laughs at the expense of their co-star Jason Segel, and some girly heart-to-hearts about the actresses' own love lives. With a movie premise as surprisingly real as this one, how could there not have been?
The story follows Violet (Blunt) and Tom (Segel), a genuinely in-love couple who try to balance their new engagement with the bumps and setbacks that come with moving to Michigan from San Francisco for the sake of Violet's career. The two struggle in comparison to Violet's sister Suzie (Brie) and Alex (Chris Pratt), who have managed to haphazardly fall into a perfect, happy marriage after getting pregnant after a drunken one-night stand. "The Five-Year Engagement": Two Girls, One Review
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Surely, 29-year-old Blunt (who's married to The Office's John Krasinski) and single and sassy Brie, also 29, could relate to their own characters. So, we asked them how they would've personally managed the hilarious scenarios in the movie (and to dish some juicy behind-the-scenes shenanigans) for us below:
How did the two of you keep a straight face while filming The Five-Year Engagement?
Emily: We didn't! Alison's a pro because she works on Community, and she's surrounded by funny people all the time. But, I have no self-control. Alison, I have to say, out of the whole cast, you were the best at not breaking. Jason said it too the other day.
Alison: When I break it's the worst because I start crying immediately! I turn to tears immediately, and Emily would always turn to look at me and say, "Alison, stop crying." The scene where Emily is shot in the leg and we're all standing there and Chris (Pratt) has this monologue – in the final cut for the movie you'll see it's a tight shot on him because we couldn't keep it together. "Five-Year Engagement" Giveaway: Win Fun Prizes Or A Cash Card!
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What was the funniest thing that happened on-set?
Emily: We were doing a scene at Winton's (played by Rhys Ifans) house with his dog, and everyone's trying to say his name, Gwerth. The guy playing Ming (Randall Park), who is nothing like Ming, was trying to say the dog's name, and what made it into the movie is like a tenth of what he came up with. We were hysterical—it was like 2 a.m. at this point—and the sound guy holding the boom was laughing so hard that he farted twice. And it was so loud! We decided that was the barometer of whether or not something was funny from then on.
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