Like everyone else, or so it seems, I’m consuming A LOT more content these days, with Netflix being somewhat of a go to.
Without having intimate knowledge of Netflix’s algorithm, I’m guessing it wasn’t overly complicated to suggest David Spade’s latest project, “The Wrong Missy”, to me…as a surf through my viewing history will reveal “Grown-Ups”, “Grown-Ups 2”, “The Do Over”, and even a half-hearted attempt at “Father of the Year”. Not overly proud of that (although I’ll debate anyone on the entertainment merits of the first Grown Ups).
“The Wrong Missy” might have been an easy one to pass up, but then I saw that Lauren Lapkus was involved and I was in. Love Lauren Lapkus.
And when you rundown the cast (put together by producer Adam Sandler), including Lapkus, Spade, Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson you knew there was likely going to be a liberal does of improv happening during the filming. So I went looking to see what came up on the topic of The Wrong Missy and improv. And my suspicions were confirmed.
An article from Catherine Wright over at the Showbiz Cheatsheet highlighted the role improv played in the final product (‘The Wrong Missy’: Which Scenes in the Netflix Movie Were Partially Improvised?)
Wright notes that the cast members “imbued a ton of humor into The Wrong Missy — both via the script as well as improvised lines”.
Swardson recounted a day on set when producer Adam Sandler wasn’t there and he was working on his character, which included a lot of improv during a scene. Swardson explained “At this point I know what Adam likes and wants, but I also know what I enjoy so I was kind of trying so many different options to kind of see what would stick, but I did some that were … so far out there. … It wasn’t in the script to play it hammered and I was like, ‘No, my character is … a loose cannon he should be drunk.’ He said he used people he’d see at corporate retreats who were bombed in the hotels he’d be staying at for his stand-up dates…pulling from that for his improv inspiration.
“I made the choice to just play him like a complete train wreck”, creating his character and improvising his scenes as that guy.
Lapkus started doing improv back in 2003 (she’s part of an improv troupe Wild Horses) and definitely pulls from that training for her roles, including this one. It was great to see an Adam Sandler production feature a female lead and give her the room to really go for it.
And the movie hit the number one spot for streaming on Netflix the weekend it was released, a milestone Lauren recognized on Instagram, “Thank you for making #thewrongmissy the #1 movie in the world on @Netflix!” she wrote in the caption. “Unbelievable. It’s been so exciting for everyone who worked on the movie. Thank you for watching.”
You can check it out on Netflix if you haven’t already.
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