Game Night stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents.
But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game” nor Brooks are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or, it’s game over.
Joining Bateman and McAdams in the cast are Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, and Kyle Chandler.From the film, we caught up with Lamorne Morris known for TV’s New Girl and Kylie Bunbury known for her role on TV’s Pitch.
The Knockturnal: You guys are freakin’ hilarious in this film. Talk about the bonding process for the two of you, in terms of being a married couple on this film.
Kylie Bunbury: We got married! We actually got married. We wanted to really immerse ourselves in to these roles. And so we decided to go to the courthouse, do the real thing. Had a honeymoon. Nothing happened at the honeymoon. Um, and, then divorced. So we really got the full experience, and I think as you can tell the chemistry was really there.
Lamorne Morris: I think honestly it was just, I mean we kind of know some of the same people so it wasn’t that awkward. She knows of me, I know of her, so it wasn’t like we were fresh out the gate just now.
Kylie Bunbury: I think we just get along. We get each other’s sense of humor, we respect each other, and so it was the best. Also, I mean, he’s the only other brown person and, so…
The Knockturnal: That helps. You know, whenever you meet another brown person you’re like “Oh!”
Lamorne Morris: You walk past and you’re like this- “It’s only three of us!”
The Knockturnal: You guys are surrounded by a lot of funny people in this film. Talk about bouncing around everybody, because it’s a big ensemble cast, I mean everyone has their moment to shine, so talk about bouncing around in the cast- just working with everybody.
Lamorne Morris: Yeah, it was a learning experience for me. You know, you’re picking a little bit of each character to say, “How do I incorporate that into what I do as an actor?” You’re constantly stealing as an actor, and this movie was the perfect place to steal from, because you’re working with so many dope people, that you’re like, “I could see why that works. I’m gonna do that. I’m gonna try that.” Sometimes when you read material you go, “Am I capable of doing this?” And you don’t know, until you see somebody else do it and you see how effortless. Like how Jason Bateman makes playing that straight man and that drive of character, how he makes it work. Now I feel like, oh, if I ever was offered a part like that, I know who I could channel from.
The Knockturnal: In the movie, you guys are high school sweethearts. Is there a particular sweetheart from high school that you guys are fond of still, like who you remember from high school. Who was a big sweetheart for you?
Kylie Bunbury: I had a high school sweetheart. He was really nice-
Lamorne Morris: For me, it was Chyna Brown. Good old Chyna, like we were kids in kindergarten we used to- our parents used to help babysit each other, whatever, whatever. Lost touch, moved to a completely different part of town, I’m in class, day one in a new school that I’m in, this little girl comes up to me and she goes- not little girl but my age- comes up with a picture and goes, “Is this you?” And I was like “Yeah, this my- my kindergarten pictures.” She goes “This is me, I’m Chyna Brown.” And I was like “Chyna Brown!” And we remained so close of friends throughout high school years and, so that’s the one for me. It’s Chyna Brown.