Duplass Brothers Get Their Paramount Premiere

While 'Cyrus' stars bite the hands that feed 'em

Mark (left) and Jay Duplass at the Four Seasons the day after their Paramount premiere
Mark (left) and Jay Duplass at the Four Seasons the day after their Paramount premiere (photo by Jana Birchum)

It started out as a sweet lovefest, the Duplass brothers taking the stage before their new film Cyrus unspooled to heartfelt applause and cheers. "We've been waiting for years to have one of our movies screen at the Paramount on Saturday night!" exclaimed Mark Duplass, to congratulatory cheers and applause.

After the premiere screening of the brothers’ sweet comedy, the floor opened up for questions from the audience. Many were possibly left wishing the floor would swallow them up after stars John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill heckled those whose queries were deemed uncool.

Audience member question for Hill: "How fast did it take for you to sign on the dotted line once you saw that Marisa Tomei would have her legs wrapped around you?"

Hill: "Well, I signed on before Marisa did, and thanks for making an already awkward situation even more uncomfortable!"

For the Duplass brothers: "Your camera work is really apparent. Can you talk a little bit about that?"

Jay Duplass, who operated cameras: "This young man is admiring the spectacular camera work! Thank you sir! Next question!" (He later admitted that he was just teasing the gentleman in question, possibly out of sheer giddiness and excitement.)

One woman asked Hill about the difference between a more serious, scripted project and the imrov-heavy process of an Apatow film. She was rewarded with praise for actually asking a good question. Many of the questions were admittedly rather inane, but I suspect this was because the audience was really pumped to be there, had loved the movie, and was generally appreciative of the experience. Seen in this light, Reilly and Hill's behavior was kind of ungracious (even though their riffing was pretty hilarious at times) and may have left many with a bad taste in their mouths.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More by Melanie Haupt
Quesoff Judges Announced, Tickets Now Available
Quesoff Judges Announced, Tickets Now Available
Annual event dares to ask: How much cheese is too much cheese?

Aug. 9, 2022

Tito’s Latest Product Is an Empty Can
Tito’s Latest Product Is an Empty Can
Why? Because they can.

Aug. 5, 2022


SXSW, SXSW Premieres, Cyrus, Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle