Aaron Paul on Dark Sci-Fi Pic, Working With Karen Gillan

Written and directed by Riley Stearns, the science fiction film Double It will be released in theaters on April 15, 2022. The film stars Karen Gillan, Aaron Paul, and Beulah Koale.

“Upon receiving a terminal diagnosis, Sarah opts for a cloning procedure to ease the loss of her friends and family,” the synopsis reads. “When she suddenly and miraculously recovers, her attempts to have her clone dismantled fail and lead to a court-ordered duel to the death. She now has a year to train her body and mind for the fight of her life.”

ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke with Double star Aaron Paul on dark comedy, showcasing his dancing skills and varied acting background.

Tyler Treese: I thought Dual was a very funny movie, and what really struck me was the dark sense of humor throughout. What was it about the script that really caught your attention?

Aaron Paul: I’m a big fan of Riley. I love his work. He has been a friend of mine for years. And so when this script landed on my desk, I couldn’t wait to dive in and see what story it was telling next. I love the kind of dryness of him, as if it were a given. That’s how he is as a person too. I mean, not necessarily, like, dry, but he’s very practical. I just love him to pieces. So, I love this story that he’s telling. And so, for me, it was just a no-brainer. I always wanted to work with him, and I absolutely love Trent. He may not be the best coach out there, but he definitely believes in his craft.

Your character in the movie is an expert in weapons and battles. I know you attended UFC 229, but what is the extent of your real-life interest in martial arts and weapons?

I really don’t have much interest, to be honest. Never has. But Riley is really into martial arts, and he’s been asking me to get on the mat with him and I’d love to dip my toe in a little bit and see if he intrigues me, but I’ve never really been to athletics. I just like to relax, you know what I mean?

In the movie, you do these kind of slow motion combat sequences that are simulated. It reminded me a bit of live action RPG fights. How fun was it to film them?

That scene, I think was one of the best moments I’ve ever had on a film set. I mean, both Karen and I came up and said, “Okay, how are we going to do this?” We practically spent most of the day in that scene. After every take, when they were yelling cut, we just… we all laughed. Not just Karen and I, but the whole team was so ridiculous with what we were doing. But, it was great.

There’s another scene that really stood out between the two of you where you tell Sarah that if she doesn’t have any money, you can pay in a mutually beneficial way. So, it’s like, “Oh, this guy is a dork,” but all you wanted to do was learn to dance hip-hop. What was it like getting to do that scene and show off your dancing skills?

Frightening. I’m not a dancer, which is great for the character because he’s not a dancer either, but he’s always had a dream of learning. It’s so funny, like when Karen and I were training with our dance instructors, she was just laughing at us. I literally point and laugh and say, “You’re laughing at us.” and she’s like, “Yeah, it’s funny because you’re actually trying,” and I’m like, “Well, we’re trying.” [laughs]. She was an amazing dancer and has been dancing her whole life, the instructor. So yeah, we tried to take it seriously, but my character wasn’t that good at it, he’s not supposed to be good at it. So before that, I would see Karen actually practicing the moves on set like in another room and sometimes I’d join her, but I’m not supposed to be super professional. So I didn’t even want to… I mean, let’s be honest, even if I train anywhere, it wouldn’t be good, but yeah, it was fun.

Karen was great in the movie and your interactions make up a big part of the second act. You can talk to her?

She is amazing. I’m such a fan of hers and I’ve never met her before. And so, she’s so light on set, she really is. And I see why she has such a monster career, you just want to be around her and I adore her. So yeah, to be able to act opposite her in this movie and in such a unique and somewhat dry way, telling one of the Riley Stearns stories is a dream. I hope to do it again soon in the future, but for sure.

In 2010, you did this great short with Funny or Die, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, and now it’s being done with Daniel Radcliffe. How wild is it to see this prank you pulled a decade ago turn into a full-on thing?

Oh, it’s amazing. I had the best time. When I sat down with Funny or Die years ago, they asked me what kinds of things I’d like to do with them, and I loved their movie trailers. I’m like, “Look, if you can think of a great parody or movie trailer, I’d love to do it.” And so, months later, they told me it was weird, and I was like, “Oh my God.” God, I’m such a fan of Al,” how can you not be, you know? So I was very excited to get on board. I met Al and loved the man, and got to know him over the years.

In fact, they sent me the script. Eric Appel also wrote the script, the guy who did the short and this was years ago, and I read it and I’m not a funny guy, you know? I really am not. And then I’m like “This is too much for me to try to take on.” And this was, again, years ago, and that was at the very birth of the idea of ​​becoming a feature film. So I’m so happy to see that it all finally came together. And Daniel, I’m a huge fan, and he’s so perfect. In fact, I was coming to do a cameo and I ran into Daniel in the parking lot. He was heading to the set in full Hawaiian shirt, big curly black hair, wig. He was coming to do a cameo and I got tested for COVID, and he had COVID. I didn’t even know he had COVID, of course, so I couldn’t do my cameo. Then I was out for 10 days straight. I have never felt sicker in my life. But so sad that I couldn’t go play with them on set.

He also starred in the animated movie Final Fantasy a few years ago, and he’s open to saying he hadn’t played one of those games. In the meantime, have you had a chance to see one?

They sent me when I was doing it, they sent me, it’s an xbox right? I am not a great player. I tried to play it and I just… realized it was really taking up a lot of time. I mean, I have fun, but yeah, I’m not a great player. I used to be, but now I have children. I mean, I have friends who have kids who still play, but I like to run around and scrape my knees with my kids.

Yes, definitely a better use of your time.

One of your first movie roles was Van Wilder and you play this drunk college student.

Oh yeah.

You call Ryan Reynolds, “the most fucked up guy in the world.” When you’re playing a bit part in a party scene, talk to me. Are you pretending to be drunk? Are you a method actor? Are you hitting some back? How’s that going?

I was lost. I’m not kidding. I have to be honest, Ryan Reynolds is the most fucked up guy in the world. He had such a small role in that movie and he was really excited to do it, you know? But I remember at the premiere I was like, head down, running across the carpet as fast as possible, and Ryan was in the middle of an interview and he grabbed me, he was like, ‘You should talk to this one.’ dude, this guy is the real star of the movie.” I was so surprised by that, and it’s something I’ll always remember. I see that he is such a caring man and he always has been. I’m so happy for his success, yes, but yes, it was a great experience on and off screen.

You get to play Jesse Pinkman again in El Camino, and now apparently, you’re going to be in the final season of Better Call Saul. What’s it like getting into that character after years?

It’s great. He is such a big part of me, you know? I mean, I lived and breathed every moment of his life on screen and then some, so it was really easy to get back into that skin.

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