Seth Rogen's Neighbors 2 Acting Philosophy: If All Else Fails, Use the Script

Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Seth Rogen on Using Script as a Last Resort in Neighbors 2

For the record, Rose Byrne liked the script for “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.” So did Seth Rogen, who helped write it.

And yet …

“When we get to set,” says Byrne, “it evolves into other things and places we don’t know where it will end up.”

Call it controlled anarchy. Shooting the sequel to the popular “Neighbors” went off the rails, but in a good way, as the cast tried to create the best scenes possible, whether they were on the page or not.

“They wouldn’t let us make the movie without a script that at least read as an actual movie that was worth spending money on,” Rogen tells Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “It would be great if they did, but they don’t. There is always a script. And we always view that as the worst-case scenario. If we’re not able to come up with anything better, we at least have a script.”

Neighbors 2 Always Had Writers Standing by to Whip Up New Jokes, Says Seth Rogen

And even then there was a backup to the backup. “We have a lot of writers on set who provide us with new jokes,” explains Rogen, “and there’s a lot of people who are there to help us try new things and really explore the scene.”

Which is how it had to be, considering the comedic talent assembled: Ike Barinholtz, Billy Eichner, Lisa Kudrow, Abbi Jacobson and more joining actors Zac Efron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein.

“One of my favorite things about the movie is how many different comedians that I’m just a big fan of are in it,” says Rogen. “It’s so much fun … getting to work with these guys.”

“Neighbors 2,” which opens Friday, has Rogen and his pregnant wife (Byrne) trying to sell their home but watch its curb appeal vanish when the unruly Kappa Nu sorority moves next door. The couple recruit their former neighbor and ex-enemy Efron to help rid the block of sorority sisters Moretz, Clemons and Feldstein.