Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon have been known to a lot of people for a lot of things. To some, they’re cherished as members of cult-classic MTV sketch-comedy series The State. To others, they’re the faces behind Deputy Junior and Lt. Dangle from Comedy Central’s reality-cop show spoof Reno 911. What you may not realize is that they’re also extremely successful Hollywood screenwriters, having penned the scripts for commercial hits including Night at the Museum, and Herbie: Fully Loaded. And while they have no illusions about the artistic merit of those films, they also know they’re responsible for over $1 billion in box-office receipts. The two have just released a book, Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!, which details their experiences and serves as a guide to budding mainstream screenwriters. In our latest interactive video interview, they give us a pitch for the worst movie of all time, reveal what Zac Efron is like in real life, and cover Joy Division, a cappella.
Control the interview yourself in the player below by selecting any question and clicking on it for an immediate response. Also be sure to catch more artists in the Flavorpill Interactive Interview Series, including Garant and Lennon’s former State castmate Michael Showalter, as well as Eugene Mirman, Moby, and Andrew WK.
For more Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, visit their book’s official website, follow Lennon on Twitter, watch video clips from The State and Reno 911, and buy a copy of Writing Movies for Fun and Profit