After the success of their independent features The Puffy Chair and Baghead, sibling directing duo Mark and Jay Duplass answered the call of Hollywood and invited star power into their follow-up efforts Cyrus (starring Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly, Catherine Keener and Marisa Tomei) and Jeff, Who Lives at Home (Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer). To mark their return to this year’s SXSW film slate with The Do-Deca Pentathlon, a comedy about two brothers who compete in a series of tests and events in secret during a family reunion, we chatted briefly with the brothers to ask them questions inspired by both their film and others in this year’s festival
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen online?
People having sex. Have you ever seen that? It’s like… woah!
Who would you least like to happen upon your Cabin in the Woods on a weekend away?
A desperate annoying filmmaker like ourselves.
If the US became a fundamentalist Mormon community tomorrow, what would you miss most?
See question #1
What was the best music gig you’ve ever seen?
Bangles opening for Cutting Crew, summer of ’87. Seriously.
What are the Duplass family get-togethers like?
Strawberry Shortcake on the television, frequent wardrobe changes, mind-games aimed at getting certain people to eat vegetables, and “tinkle” parties (we each have a daughter).
If you had a time machine, where/when would you go first?
We wouldn’t. Have you not seen Somewhere in Time? Don’t fuck with the time-space continuum, people.
What is the worst thing your sibling/s ever did to you?
Jay: Mark took 5 years off my life when he pulled a Psycho style attack on me in the shower.
Mark: Jay did not retaliate, and 28 years later, I’m still terrified of the payback.