Scarlett Johansson and Rough Night co-stars give tips for a great hen night
The stars recall previous rough nights, give their ideas for the ideal girls-only party, and share tips on getting rid of a dead body
No one slays a hen night weekend quite like the ladies of Rough Night. In the R-rated summer comedy, a soon-to-be-bride (Scarlett Johansson) and her best friends (Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoë Kravitz and Kate McKinnon) reunite in Miami for one last blowout, only to accidentally kill a male stripper.
It’s the feature directorial debut of Lucia Aniello (Broad City), who wanted to make a film “about what happens when your friends from college get back together,” she says. Aniello and co-writer Paul W. Downs were looking for “a pressure cooker of a situation to put them in, so when we thought of (gender swapping) the trope of a dead stripper, those two ideas just felt like they would work.”
We sat down with the film’s stars to get their own rough-night recollections.
What’s your favourite bachelorette memory?
Johansson: I went to my sister’s bachelorette party and my sister-in-law bought these enormous [penis-shaped] trays to make cakes in. We iced these cakes in a very realistic manner, which I took great pride in. You’d be very surprised how hard it is to get the right flesh tone. … I was standing outside with this penis cake that was grotesquely realistic – in heels and a short dress, people are walking past, I don’t know if [they] recognise me – and I just couldn’t [understand why we couldn’t hail a cab].
McKinnon: That’s New York, baby.
Kravitz: I’ve never been to a bachelorette party.
Bell: Zoë, I will find the perfect man and get married, just so I can invite you.
Of your co-stars, who would you trust most to get rid of a dead body?
McKinnon: None of them. I would call a lawyer. I’m sorry, guys. I love you and you’re very competent and trustworthy people, but it just doesn’t feel like any of our lanes to really deal with that.
Bell: I would probably call the cops. “It was a mistake. Please don’t put me away forever.”
Johansson: Well, I would not be calling either of them, clearly, because you guys have a moral code. So I’m going to [call] Zoë, because I feel like you know someone who knows someone.
Glazer: Zoë will take care of it, not ask any questions and never talk about it ever again after the fact.
Kravitz: Talk about what?
What’s your advice to someone who’s throwing a bachelorette weekend?
McKinnon: If it were me – and no one else is – it would be a weekend in a cabin. You could walk to the lake, have a peaceful breakfast on the porch, talk at night by the fire and have maybe half a glass of sauvignon blanc. But do what you want and have fun.
Bell: If you’re going to have a trashy Vegas bachelorette party, go for it hard or go home.
Johansson: Get the girls together to get drunk, dance, do a little afterparty thing, sleepover, do a fun spa day.
Glazer: Write out your dream bachelorette, narrow it down to the most realistic things … and do it up. You hope you do it [only] once, but statistically, who knows?
Kravitz: I don’t believe in marriage.
Rough Night opens in the US this week, and on July 27 in Hong Kong