Broken Lizard’s newest film Quasi takes the well-known story of Quasimodo and flips it on its head. This group of guys are hilarious, comedy is their job after all, so this movie is what a lot of people are going to expect. Just when you think it can’t get any crazier, it does. We sat down with the men of Broken Lizard and the woman that the invited to join them in this film, Adrianne Palicki, to discuss oysters, improv, and a possible sequel.
Broken Lizard Welcomed Adrianne Right In
Broken Lizard is a comedy troupe that has been together for years. They have worked together on films and so Adrianne explains that coming into this movie was a little bit scary. “You’re entering a world where these guys have known each other for so long and they’re very comfortable with each other. But they’re so giving and warm and inviting that dissipated very quickly. They treat you like family.”
She goes on to say that she knew just how fun it was going to be, and that she could fit right in, when they had their first Zoom meeting. “Right out of the gate, Lemme insulted me, like my last name. And I just gave it right back to him without missing a beat.”
Why Eating Oysters Was A Pain
There is a lot of oyster eating in this movie because it is considered the food of kings. Everyone wants to get their hands on oysters. Director and star Kevin Heffernan explains that there is an interesting story behind the oysters, and that filming was not as easy as they though it would be. “We wanted to shoot our oyster scenes and we got a letter from the A.S.P.C.A. (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) warning us that we couldn’t do it because no animals are supposed to be harmed in the making of the movie. They consider oysters live animals and we were killing the live animals [by eating them].”
Broken Lizard learned there were very specific things that they could or couldn’t do surrounding the oyster scenes. For example, they could not shuck an oyster on camera and eat it. “So there were only two options,” Kevin continues, “There was you had to have a pre-shucked oyster that was dead, which creates some bacterial problems. And then, what we also did, was create fake oysters out of mushrooms.”
There Is A Lot Of Improv In Quasi
Quasi takes this story to the next level. Adrianne admits that she loved the script, but didn’t know just how ridiculous it was going to get based on all the improv. “They call me. They asked me to be a part of this movie, I couldn’t believe it. Really, me? I read about 30 pages of the script and I was like, this is gonna be one of the funniest movies. It’s so Monty Python, it’s so next level of their comedy, which I already loved.”
She laughs, recalling that sometimes on set, the Producer would have to step in and reel the guys in because they were breaking. Adrianne admits that while watching the movie back, she can see moments where she is close to breaking that made the final cut.
Could There Be A Sequel?
The way Quasi ends means there could certainly be a sequel. Adrianne says she has some ideas as to where the story could go from here. “There’s definitely a way to bring everybody back.”
Kevin agrees. “Absolutely. I think we’d love to revisit. There are a few characters that may pass away in the movie, which we won’t spoil, but in this world, we can play all the characters so who cares, right?”
“Quasi” arrives on Thursday 20th April 2023 on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in many countries including Canada and Australia.
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Tessa Smith AKA Mama's Geeky, is a journalist that covers geek and Disney culture on her own website, as well as freelances for other sites such as What's On Disney Plus and Screen Rant. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing and loves all things geeky. She is a Disney Vacation Club member and a Founders Circle Member of Disney+. She is also an approved critic for Rotten Tomatoes and a member of the Critics Choice Association. Tessa lives in Upstate New York with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs named Sansa and Khaleesi.