After a number of performing roles in the previous few years, rocker Machine Gun Kelly — additionally recognized by his actual title, Colson Baker — has gone absolutely Hollywood, co-writing, co-directing and starring in new stoner comedy Good Mourning.
The concept for the movie, which he created alongside buddy and musician Mod Sun, “came from a gnarly spiral,” Machine Gun Kelly advised on the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Thursday. He was within the early levels of relationship now-fiancée Megan Fox, who co-stars within the movie, when he misinterpreted a textual content from her proper earlier than she was headed abroad to work on a undertaking and wouldn’t have cell service for 3 weeks.
He freaked out to associates, pondering their relationship was over, and as a distraction he and Mod Sun wrote the scenario right into a film — cue Good Mourning, by which Machine Gun Kelly performs a film star whose world is turned the wrong way up by a breakup textual content, and he should select between pursuing love and touchdown a life-changing function in a significant movement image. And with a solid that additionally that features Pete Davidson, Whitney Cummings, Dove Cameron, Zach Villa and Becky G, drug use can also be a key a part of the story.
Inspired by basic stoner comedies Half Baked, Grandma’s Boy and Pineapple Express, “we wanted to make one because it felt like a void for the next generation, there weren’t any being made,” Machine Gun Kelly mentioned. “Outside of the fact that it’s inspired from a real place, we’re also super-stoners so we felt appropriate to step in as writers and directors and represent for the weed community.” Confirmed Mod Sun, “We wanted to invent something that can live on in the stoner archives.”
That additionally meant, in fact, there was loads of marijuana on set.
“This wasn’t like a bag, this was a full palette of weed and every utensil and accoutrement you would need to smoke it,” Machine Gun Kelly mentioned.
At one level, the group was smoking a lot that they set off the fireplace alarm in the home they had been capturing in, triggering sprinklers that soaked the digital camera gear. Mod Sun added there was a lot weed that “people got in trouble, the production almost got shut down multiple times because of that. They were very like, ‘We’re not smoking no fake weed on here.’” That angle additionally carried over to the premiere, with Machine Gun Kelly lighting up a joint whereas posing on the purple carpet.
The movie’s family-and-friends environment led to Machine Gun Kelly directing Fox (“I love any time she can show off how funny she is”) and finest buddy Davidson, whose character was initially written as just some traces however grew to become a central determine “because he’s so fucking funny, we couldn’t not keep everything that he was saying,” the star remembered.
Machine Gun Kelly and Davidson have collaborated on a variety of previous tasks, together with MGK’s most up-to-date album and 2019 movie Big Time Adolescence, they usually work so nicely collectively that he teased, “Maybe we should thank Ben Affleck and Matt Damon because they set the bar and we were like, ‘Hmm, maybe we should do that.’”
And regardless of the star-studded solid, together with a variety of cameos (all of whom the duo personally known as and pitched) like Danny Trejo and Dennis Rodman, there was one actor who remained elusive to the 2 musicians’ plans: Brad Pitt.
“Cols was very sure and certain that we were going to get Brad Pitt to play a small cameo in this — I don’t think any of us believed it,” mentioned Mod Sun, whereas MGK continues to be holding out hope. “I still think he’s in there somewhere,” he joked. “Maybe he’s in the background, just have to zoom in on every shot and see if Brad Pitt’s there.”
Good Mourning shall be in theaters and on demand May 20.