We chatted with Adam Devine to talk about his upcoming film with Zac Efron, who he wants to late-night prank call, and what it’s like playing a sweet woolly mammoth.
Adam Devine's career is just getting warmed up. Known for playing inane, overly-confident characters, Devine is now venturing out into marquee rom-com roles, as evidenced by his upcoming film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, co-starring Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza.
Here, we talk with Devine about why he decided to end his hit show Workaholics, why getting cast for a love-interest role was difficult for him, and why he’s so good at playing that guy you love to hate.
How much fun is it working with your friends all the time on Workaholics? ADAM DEVINE: It’s the best gig possible. This is actually going to be the last season. We decided to put this baby to bed. We’re getting too old for this sh**.
You do get the coolest guest stars on the show. AD: For the most part, people are pretty excited to do it, which is so awesome. We’ve had some of my comedy heroes like Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and so many people you wouldn’t expect to see on the show. We had Pauly Shore, Dane Cook, and Daniel Stern, who was in the Home Alone movies. It’s been such a cool thing to get to know these people and have their telephone numbers in my phone so I can late-night prank call them.
In your next film, you play Mike in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. What’s your character all about? AD: Mike is the older brother to Dave, played by Zac Efron. He’s super confident, super dumb. It’s so much fun to play because you really get to see this poor guy unravel and kind of lose his mind throughout the movie.
Do we get to see a more serious side of you? AD: Yeah, Aubrey [Plaza] and I have a love storyline. That was the big hangup that FOX had with casting me. They’re like, we’ve never seen you do anything romantic or anything. And I’m like, have you seen Modern Family? They’re like, that’s TV, that’s different. So, I kind of had to prove myself there, and I think it turned out great.
You do such a good job playing these sort of cocky characters. How are you in real life? AD: Oh, I’m a horrible person. Put that in print. No, not really. Even though I play these characters that kind of come off as mean or rude, I don’t like mean comedy. I’d rather have the joke kind of be on me than on anyone else. Hopefully I’m playing it like where you watch it and you’re like, oh that poor guy.
You’ve voicing a character in the upcoming film, Ice Age: Collision Course. What kind of creature are you playing? AD: I play a woolly mammoth named Julian who falls in love with Peaches (voiced by Keke Palmer), who plays Ray Romano’s daughter in the movie. I come in and I’m the guy that she falls in love with, and we’re going to run off together and start our own herd. And it drives Ray Romano’s character crazy throughout the movie.
Do you play a nice woolly mammoth? AD: Yeah, I’m a real sweetheart. (laughs)