Sometimes you’re hanging out with your buddies on your hit sitcom, just passing the time while your assistants brave the horrible midday traffic on La Cienega to get you your highly specific vegan lunch needs from Real Food Daily (Miso soup, seitan wrap and sea cakes now, dammit!), and—kaboom!—a movie idea springs forth directly from the head of
Zeus Jason Segel.
Explains Neil Patrick Harris:
“It all started with a joke. We were on break on the set of How I Met Your Mother, and Jason Segel was Google Imaging me to find that one shot of me on a unicorn. Instead, he happened upon a picture of me holding a double-barrel shotgun. I don’t even remember when…Anyway, he showed it to Allyson Hannigan, and she said, ‘Hey, it’s a homo with a shotgun!’ I guess she had just seen the trailer for [neo-grindhouse Rutger Hauer vehicle] Hobo with a Shotgun and thought it was a cute riff.
Next thing I know, somebody from Dimension [Films] is on the phone, and we’re getting $20 million in funding from the State of New York to develop the picture. Amazing. I won’t say the phrase ‘Squeal like a pig!’ is in the script. But then again, I won’t say it isn’t, either. It’s going to be a trip.”
The finer points of the flick—co-stars, director, script—have yet to be finalized, but the buzz is Harris will play a shotgun-wielding mary forced to fight anti-marriage-equality forces.
So what’s the moral of this story, kids? In order to get your low-budget indie made, figure out a way to get Willow from Buffy involved—that lady is magic.