Q&A: Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn
The ''Management'' stars discuss what makes them giggle
THEIR COMIC HISTORY BEGAN IN 1995…
Jennifer Aniston: I met Steve on Friends, when he played Phoebe’s husband. Then we did Object of My Affection, where we had a ball. You and [costar Paul] Rudd became like Frick and Frack. You had those T-shirts made…
Steve Zahn: [Proudly] ”Double Trouble.”
JA: ”Double Trouble”! My God, that was funny.
CRACK-UPS ON THE MANAGEMENT SET
SZ: Oh, man. I was like a little schoolgirl. I could not stop laughing. There’s nothing like being afraid to go to work because you’re gonna screw up takes.
JA: Pretty much everything Steve does makes me laugh. I mean, it’s that! [Points to a grinning Zahn, who is raising his eyebrows with comic fervor] Plus, he’s extremely accessible. I don’t have to weed-whack, like, Who is this person?
WHY TODAY’S ROM-COMS KINDA STINK
JA: People don’t take the time to think about a real, true story. [It’s all about] the scheme! Like, pretend to be my husband so that I can get this job, or the wedding planner falls in love with the groom of the wedding they’re planning. It’s the high-concept thing.
SZ: They weren’t always like that. Like Say Anything. It was so beautiful and so f—in’ funny. It took stabs at absurd, slapsticky stuff, but it was believable. [Stands up, mimes John Cusack’s iconic boombox scene] How can you see that and not go, ”Oh, man, he really loves her”?
GIVING IN TO THE YOUTUBE GIGGLES:
SZ: I was in a hotel room for 36 hours once and I watched every damn one of Jim Gaffigan’s videos. He does the [sings] ”Hot Pockets!” one. And John C. Reilly is funny. Just YouTube ”sweet berry wine.”
JA: Did you see [the homemade video] ”David After Dentist”? This 7-year-old is sitting in the backseat of a car, and he’s just asking his dad [rolls her head around, slurs her words], ”What’s happening to me? Is this gonna last forever?” [Laughs] It’s like a bad drug trip at a high school graduation party. People find it either really offensive or the funniest thing they’ve ever seen.