Brother Nature trailer: Taran Killam faces bugs and Bobby Moynihan
As the star and co-writer of the upcoming comedy Brother Nature, Taran Killam put himself through a lot. The Saturday Night Live star plays a straight-edge politician named Roger, who spends the weekend at his girlfriend’s family’s lake house only to face a series of increasingly ridiculous misfortunes — including a fake bear attack, a jetpack mishap, and an incident involving lots and lots of bugs.
“I think I ended up having like 3,000 ants put on my face,” Killam recalls, laughing. “They were like flightless flies. And so that was fun to shoot because everybody else was wigged out. It didn’t bother me, but everybody was freaking out that I had all these live bugs crawling on my face. The worst part was when they get into your ear canal just because you can hear them buzzing.”
EW has your first look at the buzzy new trailer, above, for Brother Nature, which follows Roger as he attempts to propose to his girlfriend (Gillian Jacobs), only to find himself repeatedly tested by her well-meaning but overbearing brother (Bobby Moynihan). The result is a Meet the Parents-like comedy with an SNL twist, with Lorne Michaels serving as producer and stars including Aidy Bryant and Kenan Thompson stopping by for cameos. (The cast frequented the local Oregon pub to sing karaoke and play pool, and Bill Pullman, who plays Roger’s possible father-in-law, made everyone grilled cheeses.)
“It was kind of like a comedy hotel,” Killam says. “Someone would check in, play for a day, and then check out. And then a new face would show up.”
Killam and company shot Brother Nature in Oregon in the summer of 2014, with directors Matt Villines and Osmany Rodriguez behind the camera. Known as Matt and Oz, the pair helmed some of the most memorable digital shorts in recent SNL history, including “Back Home Ballers,” the Bruno Mars-starring “Sad Mouse,” and the recent Adele spoof “A Thanksgiving Miracle.” Tragically, Villines died in July at the age of 39, after battling cancer.
“He was one of the best people I have ever met, and I’m so grateful and glad I got to work with him,” Killam says. “But more importantly, I’m glad that I got to be on this earth with him because he was truly one of the most special, lovely, kind friends I’ve ever had. And I’ll really miss him.”
Killam adds that the goofy Brother Nature, which marks Villines’ first-ever feature film, is a fitting tribute.
“It’s nice to have this movie as a sort of testament to his skills and his abilities, and to sort of have a piece to always look back on that was full of fun, full of friendship, and full of love,” he says. “He’s one of the best.”
Brother Nature will be available in select theaters, on demand, and on digital HD on Sept. 9.