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Rudolph: Way Back was group effort

Maya Rudolph and Sam Rockwell have said making their new comedy The Way Way Back felt very much a team effort.

The pair star alongside Steve Carell and Toni Collette in the feelgood summer movie about teenager Duncan, played by newcomer Liam James, who goes on a family holiday with his mum and her new boyfriend and ends up befriending Owen (Rockwell), the wise-cracking owner of the antiquated Water Wizz water park.

The comedy is written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who won an Oscar for their screenplay for The Descendants starring George Clooney, and marks the talented duo's directorial debut.

"They wrote an amazing script and then let us infuse it with our own stuff, which was really fun," said Maya, who first met the pair when they were all part of the legendary LA-based improvisational comedy group The Groundlings.

"Jim calls it 'improve-ising', instead of improvising," she added."What's neat about the world of sketch comedy and improv is that we learned to be part of a group. So they're the directors and they're in charge, but they understand how to work as a team."

Sam agreed: "Working with directors who are also actors is always easier, as well, I think.

"There's shorthand and empathy there. We didn't stray very much from the script but they were tweaking as we went and honing the comic timing."

:: The Way Way Back is released in cinemas on Wednesday, August 28.

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