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'Masterminds': EW preview

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Glen Wilson

STARRING Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis

DIRECTED BY Jared Hess

NOT YET RATED

RELEASE DATE August 7

Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig have a lot of things in common: They’re both hugely popular comedy stars who made hugely popular movies about a group of friends in the run-up to a wedding, they both have a seemingly extraneous “i” in their surnames, and they’re both currently dressed like UPS drivers on the Los Angeles set of their upcoming movie Masterminds. (Principal photography officially wrapped seven months ago, but they’re back together picking up a few reshoots.) The film, directed by Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess, is based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery in North Carolina, an incident dubbed the hillbilly heist, in which a gang of quixotic goobers robbed an armored-car company of $17.3 million, spent the stolen loot on tacky luxury items and a house containing a black-velvet Elvis, and were caught less than five months later. We stole some time from the pair during a break in shooting, and things got a little steamy.

GALIFIANAKIS God, it’s warm in here. I’m going to take off my shirt, not to impress anyone, though. [Unbuttons shirt

WIIG Just a warning: He’s not wearing anything under his shirt.

GALIFIANAKIS Maybe I’ll take my tank off, too. We’ll see how this goes.

What are you guys shooting today?

WIIG We are shooting the scene where I quit.

GALIFIANAKIS The quitting scene. Kristen’s character quits from the bank. No, wait, not the bank, the armored-car business.

WIIG Armored-truck business. We haven’t read the script.

GALIFIANAKIS Reshoots are tough, but we’re just picking up some things, just little fix-its here and there. Which is normal for the movie industry, Keith. I mean, stop pressing us on this. Just leave us alone!

This movie is set in 1997. Things were different then.

WIIG There’s a pay phone in the movie, but no cell phones. And also the wardrobe is more fun.

GALIFIANAKIS Sadly, I have a lot of the same wardrobe from the ’90s. You know Sinbad the comedian? He and I dressed the same way.

You two have worked with a lot of the same people, but never in a movie together. How have you found it?

GALIFIANAKIS I told my friends, “I wish I had known Kristen in New York years ago, because I feel like we really would have been close friends. But now it’s just fake friends because we’re in show business.”

WIIG That’s the nicest thing that you’ve ever said.

GALIFIANAKIS She’s goofy in the best, dumbest way possible. [Cornpone voice] And she reminds you of an old friend.

WIIG [Same voice] Old friends who just met.

GALIFIANAKIS No, I mean a friend who’s old.

WIIG Put my age in this article, please.

GALIFIANAKIS Wiig: 49.

WIIG 49???

Kristen, you’re about to make Ghostbusters with Melissa McCarthy. How’s that going?

GALIFIANAKIS She was bragging about being in that yesterday.

WIIG This is for print, Zach, print! Sarcasm doesn’t read.

GALIFIANAKIS There should be a sarcasm font, like for when I say things like “Working with Kristen was just the worst.”