James Corden and Mathew Horne, say they are worried about overexposure after hosting the Brits, launching their new BBC sketch show and releasing comedy horror movie, Lesbian Vampire Killers, in the last couple of months. The Gavin & Stacey actors explain what attracted them to the film and why it's for the ladies as much as for blokes.
Why did you want to make Lesbian Vampire Killers?
James Corden: The script really. We both read the script, quite a while ago. We read the script first of all about two-and-a-half years ago I think, before Gavin & Stacey had aired or anything and really, really liked it. It was one of the funniest things I think we felt that we'd read at the time and, yeah, that was the real reason.
The story's been around for a long time and watching it now it feels like it was written for you. Do you feel it's perfect for you?
Mathew Horne: I think that's what we thought when we read it. I think the two characters we felt suited us as actors and we could play that relationship as well. And I'd like to think that maybe we made it our own as well. That's perhaps the reason. What was in the script is what was shot, largely. We were allowed a little bit to improvise but bits of that have gone in.
James Corden: I think whenever you see something it's hard to imagine other people doing it. I think it would feel like that anyway. I'm sure if two other actors were doing this you wouldn't think, 'Oh. It would be better or worse if they were in it', in the same way that I can't see Tom Selleck doing Indiana Jones.
There are lots of naked ladies kissing each other in this film. Was that quite tough to deal with?
James Corden: It was very tough, yeah. I don't remember seeing much of it.
Mathew Horne: I don't remember. I remember maybe seeing one time.
James Corden: Yeah. That end scene. Nothing before that really. From mine and Mat's point of view, the film is a buddy movie really. It's a buddy movie about two guys and their relationship and their friendship growing and changing over a weekend. That's kind of what the film's about to us really.
It is a boys movie though, isn't it? The guys are going to love it, aren't they?
James Corden: I'd like to hope everybody will like it. I think there's something for guys and girls. I don't think it is like a boysy film. I don't think there's anything particularly gratuitous in it. I think it's all done quite tastefully and I'd like to hope that as many women as guys will like it.
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Mathew Horne: I think first and foremost it's a comedy, second it's a horror movie and right at the bottom of the list there's some girls kissing. But there's not that much of it in it.
What was it like making a film compared to your TV work? Was it completely different?
James Corden: I think the biggest difference between TV and film is time really. This film took six weeks to shoot and it's 90 minutes long. Gavin & Stacey, for example, takes six weeks to shoot and it's three hours long, so it's just a difference in time. Our job essentially is the same, whether it's being shot on film for a cinema or for TV, our job is no different. It's just the time and everything around it and also the intricacies of what some of this is, effects and things like that.
Did you audition together or say that you wouldn't do this film apart?
James Corden: No. We both auditioned separately about two-and-a-half years ago before Gavin & Stacey had ever been on TV. We literally turned up with every other actor in London and went in and auditioned. The film fell through because of a lack of funding and then, it geared up again and it fell through. It just so happened that it came together at this time.
Mathew Horne has also recently appeared in Entertaining Mr Sloane
Then Phil Claydon, the director, and Steve Clark-Hall, the producer, came and said, 'We've got the funding. We're going to actually make the film'. And we said, 'We're really busy. We can only really do it at this time', thinking that it would mean they'd have to go elsewhere. And they said, 'Well, that's exactly when we want to shoot it', and we went, 'That's great'. And that was it really. It was kind of magical how it worked out.
You guys have been around a lot lately. You've got your new sketch show, you've got the film, you presented the Brits. Are you worried about overexposure?
Mathew Horne: Yes we are. It's definitely a concern that we are mindful of at the moment. Unfortunately it was something that is slightly out of our hands, you know. The film and TV industries are very separate and it is purely coincidence that we released our sketch show and the film within 10 days of each other and there's not much we can do about it. What we can say is that we will go away for a bit. Give us 10 days and we're out. We'll go away.
Lesbian Vampire Killers is out in cinemas now.
James Corden and Mathew Horne were talking to Newsbeat entertainment reporter Sinead Garvan.