Who is Topher Grace? Well if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past… forever… there was this “little” show called “That 70s Show” where a bunch of high schoolers sat in a circle and smoked pot till Ashton Kutcher married Demi Moore. For the geek of that show, Topher Grace, his journey did not end with a stretch mark wife. He has been all over the place in Hollywood. He was almost cast as Spiderman until Tobey Maguire “stole” the role and left him to be Venom in the mess that is Spiderman 3.
Soon he became the “bad guy” in the new Predators remake. Who knew he could be such a DICK?
But now, after waiting almost 4 years since the movie actually wrapped production, Take Me Home Tonight is making it’s way into multiplexes near you on March 4th. Topher was not only the pretty boy in this movie, he helped write, produce, and act in this 80s era film, not to be confused with “Hot Tub Time Machine” a film that looks at the 80s as an era and takes a giant dump on it. “Take Me Home Tonight” is is being hailed as the “Long lost John Hughes film” by various bloggers round the interwebs.
I was honored to sit down in a circle with the gorgeous Teresa Palmer (who is also staring in the recently released “I Am Number 4”), Parinda from the Philadelphia Film Society, and Mr. Grace to smoke some pot and talk about his new movie. Read the “bests” of the interview up top and and scroll to the bottom to hear the whole thing. Listening is actually hilarious because you can hear me sweat when I ask Teresa Palmer a question. (You can hear it drip…. drip….. drip…..).
Did either one of you ever own any leg-warmers?
Theresa Palmer - Uh.. yeah… I still have some. I was going to say.
Topher Grace - I don’t. But I hope that doesn’t surprise you…
Do you feel any connection to the films 80s references because of your young age?
Teresa Palmer - I do. Yeah. I was born in 1986. So I didn’t get to experience the 80s first hand. But… I was very familiar with that time period and I’m a huge fan of the John Hughes movies. My mom was definitely channeling those 80s outfits well into the mid 90s. I got quite nostalgic when I got to put on the 80s outfits. Yeah I really enjoyed it.
Did you enjoy having your hair be a big 80s mess?
Teresa Palmer - Well… my hair actually goes that way really easily cause I have three awful calics in the front of my hair. And I’m usually trying to work against them but it was the first time in my life I could just go with it and my hair would just stay like that. I enjoyed that. It was cool. I feel like the mentality of the 80s is “go big or go home” Bigger is better! It was really fun.
Topher Grace - With Money and with Hair
Teresa Palmer - And with dance moves
I read online that the director wanted to do the ball scene at the end for real
Topher Grace - He did! We wanted it to be CGI, or assumed it would be CGI. It was more expensive to do it for real. They said, let’s do it for real, people will be able to tell and I thought “great.” You know when your a producer or a writer on it you don’t think about it that much and when you’re about to get in a ball you’re like wait a minute, what’s going on here, what’s this. When we shot it on the outside I wasn’t in it. But there were these huge nets used to stop jet planes. And then we are going to trap the ball as it kinda rolled down the hill. And as a producer you think if this ball goes over the net it’s going to kill some people. This was a huge metal ball, it wasn’t lighter than it looked. And to film the inside they pinned the camera to one side and had me sit there and roll around in this rotisserie. It was nauseating And the underwater stuff was even harder. What we really wanted to do was to make a John Hughes movie and we didn’t know how to do that today. A movie like Dazed and Confused. Did I already do this?
Yeah. In some other interviews online…
Teresa Palmer - Not in this interview yet though… (Laughs)
Topher Grace - Sorry I said it….
Teresa Palmer - You know we’ve all seen it online.
Topher Grace - Just re-write that part from online….. We did want to do the 20 year generational gap. It was the genesis of the idea. If we waited 10 years we could do a 90s movie.
Listen to the rest below which starts around the 6 minute mark. If you want to see what a modern day John Hughes movie is like go see “Take me Home Tonight” March 4th when it starts playing all over the City of Brotherly 80’s Love.