Safety Not Guaranteed
"WANTED: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 322, Oakview, CA 93022. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before."
A few years ago, someone found that ad -- originally printed in the pages of Backwoods Home Magazine -- and republished it on the Internet. It caught on as a web meme, which means a bunch of people who enjoy insulting others used it as a target for snarky putdowns. People read the ad and chuckled at the rube who thought he could time travel (in fact, the ad was a goof placed by a Backwoods Home editor desperate to fill column inches). The most remarkable thing about 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' the new fiction film that takes that Backwoods Home ad at face value and wonders what would happen if it had been real, is the way it uses a target of modern day cynicism to tell a story about the importance of rejecting modern day cynicism.
Mark Duplass is best known for writing and directing indie movies with his brother Jay -- films like 'The Puffy Chair' and this year's 'Jeff, Who Lives At Home,' starring Jason Segel. This time out, Mr. Duplass has stepped in front of the camera to co-star with Aubrey Plaza in the new film 'Safety Not Guaranteed.'
Duplass plays Kenneth, a man who believes he can time travel, and places a classified ad looking for someone to accompany him on his journey. Plaza plays Darius, a member of a journalist team who forms a special bond with Kenneth while investigating him.
We spoke with Duplass about the upcoming film, if Plaza was able to break from her April Ludgate persona, and his future projects, including a small update on the FX series 'The League.'