A lot has changed for Jonathan Daniel Brown and Oliver Cooper. Jonathan was cast as JB after applying for Project X after seeing an ad "on some blog randomly," and Oliver Cooper plays scene stealer, Costa. The guys play best friends in the movie and it doesn't sound like things are much different for them off screen. Project X is shot with found footage so that it feels like a documentary so that viewers can feel that they're at the house party, which the film revolves around, themselves. Apparently the movie was well done, because Oliver says that one fan actually asked him if the movie was real! That's almost just as scary as what takes place in the movie.
Friends now in real life, from left to right: Oliver, Jonathan & Thomas Mann
Do you think any audience members will think this is real?
Oliver: Some kid in Toronto asked me, "Is this real?" And I was thinking to myself, ‘NO! Obviously you are an idiot! It’s a movie!’
JB: This movie is fiction. It’s comedy. It’s a good time. It’s not like, ‘Go out and do this!’
How was the action choreographed on screen. A lot of the big things looked kind of dangerous. Did they just kind of say, 'You guys just go crazy over here!'
JB: No CG or anything like that. The crew were all wearing protective goggles and special outfits, except for us. They were just like "Just use your hands! You might get some scrap metal, it's cool. We got on-set medics." It's like, 'oh, thanks!'
Did it ever feel kind of dangerous, a little scary?
JB: Oh, it totally did! When things were on fire? I was sweating like a pig.
Oliver: First off, we shot the movie in order, so [by the end] we were literally exhausted and the makeup was all crazy. There was chaos and so many extras were running around, it felt real!
What did you have in your pimp cup?
Oliver: A little bit of cocaine [laughs]. O’Doul's, that kind of made me sick to my stomach and it felt like I was actually drinking. I just felt terrible in the movie. I drank so much of that O'Doul's and every time you do a scene you gotta refill it up, like nine times and you just feel like you're really sick and drunk. I actually threw up in the movie and I literally threw up!
JB: I think we all threw up. I did when I did the apple juice beer pong. It's constantly pumping.
Oliver: It’s hitting you in the back of your throat!
How did you develop friendships?
Oliver: I think what helped our friendship is that we all were kind of in a similar situation. Me and Thomas hadn’t been in LA for long, so we didn't have a ton of friends. We could relate, like, this is a big thing for all of us, so we kind of had that to bond with.
JB: We hang out multiple times a week.
Project X opens today in theaters.