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It’s a fact of life: childhood grudges die hard. Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary — who recently teamed to bring Mooney’s passion project, a film called Brigsby Bear, to life — have known each other since the fourth grade, but when they stopped by Entertainment Weekly: The Show, McCary was quick to specify when they became friends.
“Uh, no, we did not like each other in elementary school,” McCary explains, mentioning how he “was threatened by the existence of another funny kid.”
“Sixth grade is when we actually started getting along with each other,” Mooney continues. So what happened before junior high?
“This was just an immature situation on my behalf,” McCary says apologetically, citing an instance when he was rude to Mooney at school. McCary then formally apologizes to his friend and colleague.
It’s all in keeping with the film they made together, which is an ode to childhood and wonder, drawing on various bear-themed influences from when they were tots.
Brigsby Bear enters limited release on July 28.