Bonus: The Making Of Buddy System

Bonus: The Making Of Buddy System


♪ ♪ -Ya!
-Hoo! MAN:
These guys are…? (both imitating impact noises) ♪ ♪ Oh! Ow! I punched myself
in the face! Is that cut? ♪ ♪ Welcome, to…“Behind the Curtain
with Rhett & Link.”
-Wh… Where’s the curtain?
-B-b-Buddy System.
LINK:
It’s an imaginary curtain.
Welcome to behind it. Buddy Systemis aboutme losing my phone,
and us trying to find it.
The person who took his phone,
who happens to beour co-ex-girlfriend, who is
now a crazy infomercial queen,
is trying to take over the
world of
Good Mythical Morning. We threw a lot of stuff… -LINK:Everything we’ve got.
-Everything that we can do,
we threw it atBuddy System.We innovated
some new methods for
fast songwriting. LINK:We would start
playing something,
like you play something
on the keyboard…
♪ And then just start
trying to sing something ♪ ♪ When, oh, there it goes ♪ -♪ Oh, there it is, yeah ♪
-♪ Yeah ♪ Yeah. We wrote
all our songs like that. (rapping): Everybody hides a
slide, supersliding door before you made it slide. Power! Power! (shouting): Pants! Drawers!
Face! Balls! Phantom Menace!
Strikes back! More crap!
Power nap! That’s how Little John
would do it. (laughs) RHETT: Buddy System is
a fictitious version of our actual friendship. We knew that we wanted the music
videos to feel like a total separation from
the narrative. What environment would kind of
complement that? So I do think it’s lighting. ♪ ♪ Well, hello there. RHETT: You know what? He’s kind
of in his own world right now. I’m not gonna interrupt him. RHETT: So, you’re gonna leave
the nipple out of yours, too. -LINK: The nipples are being
sidelined. Called the old skipple move. ♪ I’m not afraid of the dark,
I’m afraid of what’s ♪ ♪ in the dark that I cannot see
because it’s so dang dark ♪ ♪ So dang dark, so dang dark,
so dang dark, so dang dark ♪ It’s not even real.
It’s nothin’. It’s computer-generated. No it’s not, it’s some sort of
a painted pipe. ♪ I see because it’s so dang
dark, so dang dark ♪ ♪ So dang dark, so dang dark,
so dang dark ♪ The inspiration for the
power nap was, um… the Puff Daddy and Mace… -Like, yeah, like 90s rap video.
-90s. ♪ ♪ We should take an ironic
power nap right now. (laughs) You know what
I’m sayin’? LINK: Page Kennedy, uh, is a
great guyner and social media person. You can actually just go and
look at Page’s Snapchats and recreate the entire
Buddy System
plot. (audio playback/rapping):
A power nap gives you power! Give twenty minutes now,
get power for hours! Don’t walk through that. -What is that?
-We both find it out. -I thought it was never-ending. (laughs) ♪ ♪ (audio on playback)
♪ Then you better take ♪ ♪ a power nap first ♪ ♪ You oughta know
where the power’s at ♪ -Moving cars…
-♪ It’s in the middle of ♪ ♪ A power nap, word. ♪
-Hey! -This is dope.
-Yeah, this is over the top. If you could’ve shown
the actual 1990s versions of Rhett and Link that, hey,
when you’re 38, you’re gonna be in pajamas, dookie ropes, lying-
lying in a bed together… LINK: Right. If you could just– -Rapping about a power nap.
-Just show the footage, with no explanation, would you
have just been like, -We made it.
-We did it. (laughs) Six music videos in five days. This crew is absolutely amazing. With the arms, it’s really good! ♪ ♪ We’re filling up the entire
Stage 1 at YouTube with 1,008 inner tubes. ♪ ♪ MAN: And… bubbles! (audio on playback)
♪ That’s how we roll ♪ ♪ And everyone else
is a butthole ♪ ♪ People with their wheels
a buttholes ♪ MAN: Great, and cut! Man, I’m really hungry for some
Fruit Loops. Don’t know why. This is Ms. Molly Shannon,
she, uh… you already know her. But she is our Rhonda,
of course. Uh… gang leader…
Look at that gang face! -(laughs)
-I’m normally very sweet, but I’m doing a character of
a tough gang member! There was that moment
where, uh… her -Superstar character came out.
-Yes. -LINK: Whatever.
-Oh, oh, oh, oh! -LINK: Yeah, whatever, Rhonda!
-Whatever! -LINK: No! I-I– whatever.
-No, whatever! Ooo! -LINK: Hey! What do you want?
-What do you want? -What do you want?
-What do you want? Can I– Do you wanna
try some other stuff? RHETT: Yeah, anything you want.
-Okay, cool. Well, I’m off to drink blood.
Not human blood. RHETT: Chris Parnell, he asked us if he could
experiment with his lines. The blood orange– not
necessarily the blood orange, just juice of the orange,
orange juice. LINK: Blood orange… ha! -He just… that was a surprise.
-Beautiful. I bid you adieu! LINK: So, Leslie Bibb plays
Aimee. We’re huge fans of hers. Once Leslie gets in the scene,
she is thoroughly committed. I mean, there was that
one scene, where she gets frustrated with the
idea light on my head, and she yanks it off…
(glass shatters) And the bulb breaks,
but she doesn’t break. LINK: And then she just
kept going, -and she said,
-You almost killed me! -Get him!
-Oh! That was pretty impressive. Hey. What’s that evil
look on your face? I’m so stoked to do this
here today! Peder, with a D, was
a physical challenge for me. -(gruff voice) Good morning.
-(laughs) He’s always so grouchy
in the morning. It definitely needs to be a cry. I just thought it would be
funnier for it to be that long, (whines),
like this extended yell cry, verses a (short sobs),
that kind of thing which will seem really act-y. (growling whine) (whining sob) (growling sob) LINK: Probably. Get in there.
Even closer. It’s gonna be fine.
Right in there will do it. -RHETT: Agh, okay.
-LINK: You see yourself? RHETT: I don’t think I can
get any closer. So, I didn’t necessarily see
anything when I was looking into Peder’s eye-hole,
but I can say I felt something. I felt that…
I wanted to leave, and I wanted the scene to end. (gruff voice): If you look deep
within my Prophes-eye, you will see the answer to the
question that plagues you. Get closer.
You’re not closer enough. Focused on max, you get…
get really closer. Closer! Closer! What’d you see? Don’t answer that. It’s just
like your birthday wish. Never tell people what you wish
for your birthday. This is the… not the first
time I’ve worn a wire. RHETT: My favorite part of
O’Dell’s character is his very intense
backstory. I was an informant, uh,
for the Mexican government. I’m not actually sure what they
were tryin’ to get. Roger, be gentle with me. Be gentle. It’s a man thing,
remember? Just… RHETT: I’m especially excited
about wearing the Power Pelvis, and shooting
massive quantities of water from my nether regions. Whoa, that’s a–
that’s a tight tie. Whoa! (laughs) (water sprays in bucket)
Oh. Oh! Oh yeah. Jesus. I knew that was
going to happen. That felt great. (loud spraying) (spraying stops) -MAN 1: Oh, that was it!
-MAN 2: Cut! (“BFF” song playing on speakers) WOMAN: Five, six, seven, eight! ♪ You need a BFF ♪ We, we had this whole routine
choreographed, um, with strong inspiration
from 90s boy bands, N’SYNC, the Backstreet Boys,
a little Britney Spears, and a lot of sprinkler. A lot of sprinkler. (rapping): I’m sure he’d be
an excellent guy, I don’t care if he was just
some teeth and an eye. WOMAN 1: Oh!
WOMAN 2: Oh my God. (laughs) This is grossing
everybody out. Like, nobody can take it.
-WOMAN: Oh my God! No! MAN: Okay, grab the–
Let’s go. You have your staring contest? -This is what they look like.
-You wanna blink first. Is it up, is it high,
is it low? JENNA: (humming) Stop laughing at me, man!
Dude, stop laughing! -Okay, action! Action.
-I can’t learn if you laugh. You know, people go, look,
I’m black, oh, it’s a black guy. He’s gonna be cooler than
anybody else. Until they see me, and
they’re gonna say, “Oh, we’ve been lied to!” -Just don’t do this!
-(laughs) Like, you’re gonna mess up
your whole sequence by having this in the
background. RHETT: Page is protesting
a little bit. He, uh… even though he’s only
doing an upper-body dance, while seated. He doesn’t wanna ruin his,
in his own words, “street cred.” ♪ Best friends forever ♪ (song ends) (crew cheers and claps) …a full thirty days of
shooting, is that you-you really
get to know your crew, and everyone
you’re working with. Unfortunately, we lost somebody
very close to us during the making of
Buddy System.
(snickering) So, I’m shaving my beard for the
first time in a decade, because within the show,
there is a prom flashback to 1996. I know it’s gonna look horrible. I know I’m gonna want it to grow
back as quickly as possible. But I’m willing to do it
just to get a reaction. -Ready?
-MAN: Ready? (electric shaver buzzes) There’s no goin’ back
from this. Oh. It’s really, really,
really hard to do this. (shaver buzzes) I look like somebody who’s
playing a bit part in a high school
Shakespeare play. Oh, gosh. I don’t know what I’m
gonna find, man. I’m not happy about this. And you’re not gonna be happy
about it, either. So we had a fake beard created
so you wouldn’t know that I actually
shaved my beard. And I’m actually wearing
that beard right now. Seriously? Where’s Link? (laughing) Ah! It stops right here. I am never doing this again. We were so cool in high school. LINK: I looked exactly like I do
in the flashback. But we were, you know,
what I would say, pretty cool. RHETT: It didn’t take much
to be cool at Harnett Central High School
in 1996, but we were pretty cool guys. LINK: Of course, you got that… that quintessential
prom moment where, the mom comes out, and says,
“Wait, wait, wait! “We have to take some pictures.” -In the yard.
-“In the yard!” You gotta take a yard picture. I-I’m sure we took pictures
with our dates, but they were, like, let’s take
pictures with each other… -Yeah.
-…without our dates. And then we invented that pose. LINK: And then we just started
doing things, and then, and then it just kind
of happened: the hands clasped in a
businessman shake, and then the–
we just said, hey, -“Why don’t we lift the leg?”
-Yeah, yeah, of course. -Why not?
-Why not? Okay, so, in this scene, uh, at my peak of anger towards
Link, at our prom flashback I throw the microphone at his
head, knocking off of his hat. And so, it’s a rubber
microphone, but I am going to knock
his hat off. -You’re a punkass!
-AIMEE: Ah! RHETT: (groans) -You’re a punkass!
-AIMEE: Ah! -You’re a punkass.
-AIMEE: Oo– Ow! You’re a punkass! (various yells) You’re a punkass!
-AIMEE: (yells) You… missed. -Grazed it. I grazed it.
-(crowd laughs) -Not going down that easily.
-RHETT: (laughs) I just hope you had fun! I mean, it’s just good,
clean, fun! RHETT: There was something about
envisioning something, and then finding yourself in
the midst of it on set. I thinkBuddy Systemis
the culmination of what we’ve always
wanted to do. LINK: This is our vision for how
we want the world to be: we want people to be able to put
on pajamas, and bling. RHETT:Buddy Systemis the
realization of that dream. Just have fun. -You got a good shot of this?
-MAN: Oh yeah. Look at yourself in the mirror,
and say… “Hey, Rhett.” Hey, Rhett. “I see that you
shaved your beard.” I see that you
shaved your beard. “And I, I can imagine that you
might have been a little nervous about that.” I can imagine that you might
have been a little nervous about that. -“But you know what, dude?”
-But you know what, dude? -“You’re still cool.”
-You’re still cool. This is where pants should fit. Right here, on the waist. Because they never move.
They’re completely secure. Somebody put this thing in gear. So, where would the gear go? Whoa-ho. Don’t-don’t reach for
any sticks. Wait, what kind of car is this?
She said that– Don’t reach for any sticks! Do not put this car in gear
at all! (laughs) This is my kitchen. This is my living room. This is my bedroom. Whoops! I’m goin’ in the hole. MAN: And, action.

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