Kristen Wiig is arguably one of the hardest working people in the movie industry today. In the last month alone (at the time of writing this), trailers for three different upcoming movies featuring Wiig have dropped: the August release The Diary of a Teenage Girl, this October’s The Martian, and Wiig’s second August release, Masterminds.
Co-starring Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson, Masterminds is a blend of comedy and high-stakes action based on a real heist that took place in the late 1990s. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), the film follows the events of the Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina — also known as the Hillbilly Heist, which was the second largest cash theft on U.S. soil at the time of its occurrence. Due to it being attempted by several rookie criminals, the comedy comes naturally with all the comical missteps that took place.
Also featured in Masterminds are Wiig’s Ghostbusters co-stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – the latter of whom can be seen in the trailer above. With a stellar cast and a talented director in Hess, it seems likely that Masterminds could be among the funnier movies of this summer. Of course, with the latest trailer being embedded above, you can be the judge of that.
While speaking with Yahoo! Movies, Wiig discussed a number of different topics surrounding Masterminds, like what made her want to do it, how much the movie sticks to the actual events, and what it was like to portray a character that is devious yet still likable. First, when asked what drew her to Masterminds, Wiig said one of the biggest reasons for her was its director:
Many things. One being the script, and Jared Hess who I’ve been a fan of forever — Napoleon Dynamite. He’s just one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. The cast — Zach and Owen. Yeah, I was on board from the beginning.
Elaborating on what Hess brings to the project, Wiig says that for the most part the film sticks to the original story, with a few parts embellished to strengthen the comedy:
I don’t know the exact percentage. I know it’s definitely based on these [real-life] characters and what happened. But, of course, it’s a comedy and it’s Jared. His style is very specific. We wanted to make a good movie.
Wiig also says that her character, the architect of the crime Kelly Campbell, is still likable despite what she tries to pull off, including manipulating Galifianakis’ character David Ghantt:
In talking to Jared and how he wanted her to be portrayed. Of course trying to keep things from the real person. Ultimately the script was so funny and the character its own thing and so well rounded — Jared and I just figured out how we wanted her to be. She has to be so charming and sweet that this guy will create this crime just because he likes her. At the same time she’s asking him to do something she knows may get him in trouble, but we still have to like her. We had to figure out that line between how sweet she is and how manipulating she is.
As you may have been able to tell from the trailer above, Masterminds looks to be a simple but ultimately effective mesh of the comedy and action genres. While Wiig, Galifianakis and Wilson’s respective performances are probably not Oscar-worthy, each does a fine job in making a far-fetched situation such as this seem not only feasible, but entertaining as well. With a great supporting cast, which includes the aforementioned Jones and McKinnon and fellow SNL alum Jason Sudeikis, Masterminds could have the makings of the summer’s underdog comedy success story.
Masterminds hits U.S. theaters on August 19th, 2015.
Source: Yahoo! Movies