Some people were surprised when The Skeleton Twins, which reunited Saturday Night Live all-stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, was a drama about attempted suicide and marital malaise. No one, however, will be surprised to learn that the outtakes from the dark film are a laugh riot.
After spending seven seasons together on SNL and even playing a married couple in 2009’s Adventureland, the duo has “a brother-sister relationship in life,” Hader told EW, before the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. “We had such a shorthand with each other. The chemistry was just built in, which is nice. We were laughing a lot.”
“They are like brother and sister,” said director Craig Johnson. “I just stood in the corner, silent and in awe of these two people when they would just riff back and forth. They would be on set in between takes just going off on bits that were completely improvised, but were just so funny and so quick. … They know each other’s brains so well.”
All that, and more. But who knew the gag reel’s secret weapon would be Luke Wilson?
The Skeleton Twins debuts on Digital HD tomorrow, Dec. 2, and arrives on Blu-ray/DVD on Dec. 16.