We uncover whether the Fanboys really are, you know, fanboys

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST
Dan Fogler and Chris Marquette at a screening of Fanboys hosted by Gen Art Feb. 3 in Los Angeles.

Sam Huntington and Chris Marquette—who play the friends at the heart of the Star Wars-themed Fanboys movie—told reporters that they were already equipped with most of the knowledge they needed to play their characters convincingly.

In Fanboys, Marquette and Huntington play estranged best friends who embark on a road trip to break into Lucasfilm and see Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace months before its theatrical release.

The following is an edited excerpt from a group interview with the pair. Fanboys opens Feb. 6. (Several spoilers ahead!)

Did you guys have to go through fanboy boot camp?

Marquette: No, I mean, all of us are all these characters. I'd say more so. [Jay] Baruchel's got the best memory, I'd say, out of anyone I've ever met as far as just remembering the names. My favorite joke in the entire movie is when we're in the Lucas ranch, he picks up the Willow book, and he goes, "Kaya." It's literally this two-second part that I'd never thought about and would probably never think about until the day I die unless he had said something of the wife talking to somebody else in the beginning of the movie. It's like this really small part, and I remember thinking, "Where is that [from?]" It resonated this huge bell in my head. Baruchel's like, "Come on, man, the family." I was like, "Oh, yes!"

Huntington: And we had [director] Kyle [Newman], too, who was just this wealth of information about all that is geekdom. And, I'll tell you what, [Dan] Fogler, too. Fogler knows everything.

Marquette: Every Han Solo line.

Huntington: He's a really big Star Wars fan, so he was tremendously helpful. I'm probably the least. Like, I love Star Wars, but I'm not like uber-fan like the rest of the guys are.

Marquette: Which is kind of perfect. It's kind of appropriate. It's kind of really natural and perfect.

Chris, how did it feel to repeat the lines "I love you" and "I know" with Carrie Fisher?

Marquette: That was the best. I know! I was just sort of rethinking—because we filmed this thing three years ago, so I really haven't thought about it—but I just remember sitting alone in my hotel room the next day and being like, "I can't believe as an actor in my life I got to grow up and say that line on camera to the person that said the line."

Huntington: I think people are going to s--t themselves. I think people, when they see this stuff, they are going to love it. Honestly, all the little tiny references, there are so many little just homages: that one, and the Judge Reinhold stuff with Billy Dee Williams. God, it's just endless.

Did either of you bring any of your own childhood tidbits to use in the film?

Huntington: I did one. I had one, and it's cut out of the movie. It's in the deleted scenes, though, which I'm very happy about. It's on Comcast right now. You can actually see the scene. It's one of the deleted scenes on Comcast. Anyway, it's the six-fingered-man thing. We roll up to the gate at the Skywalker Ranch, and the whole scene is now cut. There's a guard there, and I tell him, "My name is Inigo Montoya." He continues to talk to us, or me, and at one point he holds up his hand, and he's got six fingers. He's the six-fingered man from The Princess Bride. I dug it, but it was cut out. It's funnier than the way I just pitched it, by the way.

Chris, how disheartening was it to do re-shoots where suddenly you don't have cancer anymore and there's a different director? [At one point, producers considered cutting out a cancer storyline and hired a different director to shoot new footage.]

Marquette: I don't think I'll ever be asked that question ever again. Yeah, it sucked, and it stung, but what I had to remind myself of is as an actor, this isn't your movie. As an actor, your only job, hopefully, at the end of the day is to cross your fingers and hope that whatever you committed to and did on camera, somebody will put into an editing room, put some music behind it and make it look good. You can't do anything but what you do. So at the end of the day, it was like, yeah, I did this part and that was cool and that's what I committed to doing, and if you want to take it out, that sucks for me.

Huntington: It was just weird. It seems completely out of the blue. And now we're back, so it was like this whole big diversion from what we actually ended up making.

Do each of you have a favorite reference in the film?

Huntington: I really like the trash chute. I've been saying all day my favorite scene is the trash chute scene, the trash compactor scene. I think that's just really funny. I love that reference, because that's, to me, one of the scenes that sticks out so much from Star Wars. The fact that we got to kind of re-create that, and the way it looks, the way the set was dressed, just down to everything, I think was just really funny.

Marquette: No, I don't know. Princess Leia was one of my biggest crushes as a kid, so I have all the action figures and posters. Yeah, I don't know. I got to kiss Princess Leia, and that was like a dream come true.