Alison Brie is an extreme multi-tasker these days. In addition to co-starring on Community as the somewhat anal retentive, always a dreamer Annie Edison, she also recently appeared in Scream 4 as Sydney Prescott’s uber-perky book publicist, and right now she is shooting Five Year Engagement with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, a movie for which she has to master an English accent because she is playing Blunt’s sister. But still she took some time out of her insanely busy schedule to chat with reporters about the upcoming two-part season finale of her hit NBC show.
“It was super exciting to shoot. Of course Josh Holloway was there, and it was just amazingly fun. We got to see a new side to Annie, so it was fun for me to sort of tackle,” Brie started by teasing the return to paintball episodes which begin airing this week.
“I think it will be really interesting for viewers to watch, too, because the two parts are actually quite different in terms of the genre they’re spoofing…and we’re just able to pack so much more in. Knowing what we had done before– coming from paintball before– I was especially excited about it because Annie got taken out kind of early [last time] and this time I have a lot more to do!”
This time around, the paintball game takes a more western turn, allowing series creator Dan Harmon to pay homage to Sergio Leone, and that lends itself to different visuals and a much different tone that the first year Die Hard inspired paintball game.
“You know, when you watch a western things kind of move more slowly and there is that swagger that you kind of take on. I– Annie– was wearing a lot less…There’s a lot more moments of stands still where it’s just the eyes and fingers tickling your gun as opposed to “action, action, action,” even though there is a lot of [that], as well. It’s sort of a Tarantino western,” Brie previewed.
“We go all out; we go balls to the wall!” (No pun intended, we’re sure!)
The actors didn’t get to do a lot of the shooting on-screen themselves, but Brie shared that whenever the art department would say they wanted to add more paint on the walls or set decorations, the cast would take turns using the sharp shooters’ guns to blast the set. Just not each other.
“I think I would be afraid to play the game,” Brie said, “because last year I got hit– I got shot in the boob, and it hurt!”
The Community season finale will see the introduction of a very special new character, the aforementioned Holloway, who Brie admitted was a great sport about answering the entire cast’s LOST questions (favorite one had to be Danny Pudi’s “So what were you drinking when you were drinking out of those Dharma beer cans?”) and was, of course, so handsome and fun to work with. But the show will also see a return of new favorites, too.
“You’ll see all of our regular, sort of co-star people, like Leonard and Fat Neil and people like that sprinkled throughout the episode in varying sizes. Anthony Michael Hall came back as well. We really wanted to end with a bang, no pun intended,” Brie shared.
And of course that “bang” just has to include some new romantic pairings, at which Brie could only hint but said that she was “shocked” when reading the script and seeing where the show was taking its beloved characters. Yes, Annie is involved in some way (our money is on a flirtation with Holloway’s character), and that may weigh heavily on her gameplay.
“Annie has always been a very ambitious character, and she just throws herself into whatever it is she’s doing,” she started. “It’s like she’s practiced since she got taken out early last year. She doesn’t like to lose; she’s likes to be the best at whatever she does! But I think Annie’s greatest downfall is that she is easily distracted by boys.”
While the game itself works to bring the characters together and ease the strain that has left them so often squabbling in this season, tensions are still running high in the adrenaline-fueled game. Last year’s saw a pivotal moment for the Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) pairing, and this year Community promises to step it up in every other way, so we can only imagine who hooks up will be just as, well, explosive.
“A Fistful of Paintballs,” the first half of the Community special event second season finale will air on May 5th, followed by “For a Few Paintballs More” on April 12th.
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