Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Charlie Day Reveals Why Making 'Fist Fight' Was So Physically Draining

Charlie Day Reveals Why Making 'Fist Fight' Was So Physically Draining

Christina was joined by director Richie Keen who was also there to talk about the film which also stars Charlie Day, Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan. "Charlie keeps telling me I slammed him into a bus".

In 2001, the movie Joe Somebody ($24 million worldwide on a $38 million budget) was entirely marketed around the premise of Tim Allen challenging Patrick Warburton to a fight after being a white-collar job for a pharmaceuticals company.

"We fought more than Rocky in this movie", the rapper-turned-actor said. Campbell then spends the rest of the school day trying to get out of the fight by any means necessary. She does drugs before school and lusts after the students, lamenting that when teachers are caught having affairs with kids, "the news always leaves out the good part: They never tell how the teacher does the seduction".

And when it comes to their own high school days, Day and Ice Cube had very different experiences. I wasn't really a participator, you know.

Cube's Strickland actually has a moral compass and something to say about brain-dead students coasting through classes that do nothing for them. The comedic climax involves the lazy device of a young child uttering a bunch of swear words (nearly exactly the same bit that was used in the recent Robert De Niro comedy misfire The Comedian). As it stands, Campbell and Strickland are both bad people, and you don't want to see either one succeed. I'm sure the writers were tickled by the idea that the seniors have given meth to a horse and made it run wild in the school, or that if you douse Tracy Morgan in yellow paint and have him shout, "I look like a minion!" that's comic gold. The former Saturday Night Live star said he may be buying the NBA's New York Knicks franchise. It won't satisfy everyone, but this wouldn't be a worthwhile R-rated comedy if it didn't take some risks. Ron's anger is in part explained as righteous indignation that nobody pays the consequences for their actions any more and that's why things are chaotic; he may be violent, but he's a teller of hard truths. Ice Cube isn't as comedically gifted, but he certainly has his moments.

The one real thread holding Fist Fight together is its relentlessly coarse language. In the end, if it's about anything other than why insane people should not all be stuck in a school together, it's how there are significant pros and cons to both a violent approach and a strictly passive approach to challenges.

"I got voted for "funniest" and, in a cruel twist, I got voted for 'thinks he's the funniest.' Of course it hurt my feelings". I have no complaints right now.

'Fist Fight' offers us Charlie Day in a leading role in all his screeching glory.

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