The cast of ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ talks other appliances, opportunities


We’ve all done things that we’re not particularly proud of—things we wish we could do in a different way or erase all together. If time travel actually existed, there could easily be a long list of do-overs. Just think of all the possibilities…

In “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” the upcoming sequel to “Hot Tub Time Machine,” the concept of time travel by means of a hot tub will once again grace movie theater screens on Friday, February 20.

As a quick recap of the first movie—a group of four dudes gets the opportunity to go back and redo whatever they want to change. After drinking, partying, and drinking even more, the cast climbs into a hot tub that turns into a time machine—of course, unbeknownst to the characters at first.

Finding themselves stuck in the ‘80s, they decide to embrace the throwback and enjoy a whole lot of fun. But as we all know, fun can’t last forever.

For the sequel, the premise takes place where the first movie ends. However, to right the wrongs in the present, the characters try to travel back in time again to change future outcomes. But instead, the characters get transported to the future. (We’re a smidge confused by the plot description, too.)

And for most movie-goers, it’s hard to resist 93 minutes with a hilarious cast of comedians and TV stars, which includes Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson and Adam Scott.

“I feel like the wardrobe department on this movie thought they were doing the movie about my crotch area, so it’s featured. You’ll get your money’s worth,” Corddry says.

When “Hot Tub Time Machine” hit theaters worldwide in 2010, it grossed $64.5 million, doubling its original total production budget. The cast had fun, and the film did pretty well at the box office.

And although sequels tend to get a bad rap, these guys had a great time shooting the film. Steve Pink, the director of both films, allowed the actors to take the comedy to varying levels. He encouraged the jokes, and although there was a script for the sequel, there was also room for improv, which kept the fun on repeat, day-in and day-out.

But even for a sequel, the filming process isn’t the same each and every time. In the “Hot Tub Time Machine” case, the first film was shot in Vancouver, whereas the second installment was shot in New Orleans.

In addition, the cast agrees that the trailers weren’t as good as the first movie’s trailers were because the production’s budget wasn’t as large. But other than the difference in budget, location, weather and absence of John Cusack, the group had a good time.

Taking the fun to the extreme, Duke, Scott, Robinson and Corddry agree that if time travel were a real thing, they’d all take part—but probably not via hot tub, as they discussed during the a telephone conference.

“How about a dishwasher time machine? What about an espresso time machine? How about a soda stream machine? A washing machine. A combo of a washing and dryer time machine? Refrigerator—a good one. Refrigerator all day because then you can fit in that, like you can’t fit in the dishwasher. What about a side-by-side refrigerator time machine? Chaser mixture time machine.”

Considering there are many eras in time to choose from, Scott, Robinson and Corddry would all like to go back to the Renaissance; a time when dueling was acceptable. Duke disagrees.

“I would go back and be on ‘Soul Train,’” Duke says.

Outside the film and beyond comedy, Robinson is known for his singing talents. As a result, his voice was used on the soundtrack in the first film. In the sequel, you can bet on hearing his voice once again.

“Yes, yes, you’re going to get to hear me. As a matter of fact, if you check the trailer, you might see me sing a little Lisa Loeb,” he says. “So, yes, I will be reprising that. We have several things that we paid homage to the original, and that’s one of them.”

Whether Corddry, Duke, Robinson and Scott are in talks for third installment in the “Hot Tub Time Machine” series is unknown, but they would love the opportunity to work together again.

“We—if you’re asking will we come back together and work together—you’re God damn right,” Robinson says.


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