Brian and Charles Playing in select theaters nationwide, a focus feature film that tells the story of a lone inventor who makes a friend for himself in the form of a sentient robot made from scraps and cardboard boxes. It is a heartwarming tale of victory and connection, but also a story that begins with friendship. Brian and Charles writers and stars David Earl and Chris Hayward floated the idea for the film years ago. Before it was a movie, two comedians who are also friends and collaborators performed characters on a stage in live shows.
“We talked about doing it live, as a live show, so that’s what we did,” Hayward recalls, referencing a call Brian and Charles Producer Rupert Majendi. “I dressed as Charles, David Bryan would be, Rupert voicing Charles. And yes, we did that for a few years, and eventually we made a short film to actually put something online. And we didn’t did expect anything to happen with it.”
Speaking with ComicBook.com on Zoom, Hayward and Earl can’t help but display their enthusiasm for the project and how much they enjoy working together. There seems to be a never-so-serious vibe between them, taking pride in their work and making fun of it together. “Playing Brian, he’s always been really inept at everything he tries to do,” Earl explained. “When I stood up, my attitude was, He’s the worst standup in the building or in the country. And then when I did that little internet radio show, he had the worst call in the host. So he’s the last person who should be on stage. But then he must have a microphone in front of his mouth. And then I think when we went to the movie and we landed on him as an inventor, he’s the worst inventor in the world. Somebody of whatever he makes There’s no use or purpose, and nothing else works. But he just keeps on going. Yeah. It feels like me. That’s me. Basically, that’s me.”
Quite the opposite though. Earl and Hayward Brian and Charles It’s a huge respite from the big, explosive summer blockbusters that Earl as an inventor helped create one of summer’s better theatrical endeavors. This comes as a surprise to the writers and actors, as does Brian with Charles coming to life and naming himself in the film.
“Charles is a seven-foot-tall homemade robot that loves to eat cabbage,” explained Hayward. “When we first meet him, he’s quite childish, and everything is new so he’s understanding the world. And then he starts to develop a personality and almost gets really big. And comedy We did a lot during the show, because he used to say some really stupid childish things, but then almost became quite an adult. So in the movie we thought, OK, we can use that. We’re going to do it a little bit. Can be used as progress.”
On set, Hayward stood inside a massive cardboard box to bring Charles to life with a mannequin-like head. The mannequin’s mouth moved as Charles would speak but not in any kind of big-budget animatronic way. Hayward had a tool inside the box that he used to turn his face from the bottom. It’s “very lo-fi,” as Magendy describes it, but an extra layer of appreciation comes in when you learn how to move Charles’ robotic mouth, the same method used by Hayward. was when Brian and Charles There was still only one performance on the stage.
,[Brian and Charles] There was never any comment on AI or anything like that,” Hayward said. “And so we just wanted to keep them dynamic. We liked their friendship with each other. And there would be an argument between them on the stage and then they would settle. And so we really stuck to it. I think if we approached him, if we just had this thought, ‘Oh, let’s have an idea that there’s a guy who makes robots.’ We may have already addressed the AI element. Anyway, it was just these two, basically, idiots having fun together.”
Eventually, Hayward and Earl set out on a mission and accomplish it. “We just wanted to make people laugh,” Earl said. “It really was nothing more than that. It was just that Charles really made us laugh.”
Brian and Charles Now playing in cinemas.
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