If you’re Justin and Christian Long’s brother, it’s not that hard.
“The first part is easy, we friends love comedy,” Christian Long told CNN.
“We’re friends,” quipped Justin Long.
The pair co-wrote and co-directed the new film, “Lady of the Manor,” and they got a little help from some of their famous friends.
Judy Greer stars as Lady Wadsworth, a ghost who steps after her descendant Tanner, (played by Ryan Phillippe) as stoner Hannah (Melanie Lynskey) as the live-in tour guide for the family’s manor home hires.
The film also stars Justin Long. He told CNN that he and his brothers grew up watching classic ’80s buddy comedies like “What About Bob” and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”
“So we always wanted the first thing we did was style,” said the actor, known for working in films like “Dodgeball” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” “We knew we were familiar with it and were somewhat comfortable doing it and doing it.”
Justin Long said that one of the ideas they came up with was a ghost movie where the ghost was more of an annoyance than scary.
However, it took some time to accomplish this.
Christian Long said, “We got that voice memo that Justin recorded when we came up with the idea and I think it was July 2018.” “We wrote it in early 2019, then we shot it a year later, in early 2020 and now here we are.
Christian Long said that the pair did not actually write together, but each wrote half and compared notes as his brother was working in London when he wrote the film.
“It was a good way to stay connected,” Justin Long said of writing the film over a long distance. “It was a way to laugh together.”
He also enjoyed shooting the film, especially working with his friends, who Justin Long said was able to take some of his and his brother’s “teenage” comedy and turn it into something touching. could.
“What Christian and I hadn’t guessed was they were putting that much heart into it,” Justin Long said. “They made this moment in the end that was so beautiful and they were so connected. It really went on for the movie we thought we were making.”
“Judy coined the phrase ‘a fartwarming comedy,'” he said.
“Lady of the Manor” is available now on demand, DVD and Blu-ray.