The Inbetweeners Movie Interview
The Inbetweeners Movie Interview
The Inbetweeners started life as a Channel 4 comedy series back in 2008 as, four hapless teenagers Will, Simon, Jay and Neil attempted to pull girls, get drunk and struggle through the school day without getting harassed by the local bully or their sarcastic head of year. Now the lads have left school and are hitting the big screen with The Inbetweeners Movie, which follows their post A-Levels holiday to Malia, where the shame, the idiocy and the failed attempts at sexual conquests continues unabated.

Recently in London to talk about their time on set in Magaluf, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison and James Buckley spoke to View’s Matthew Turner about growing up, wearing fake genitals and having their chests shaved.
How are you? Excited about the premiere?

Joe Thomas

Good thank you, very excited yeah.

James Buckley

We’re in a bit of a boisterous mood actually.

Joe Thomas

A little bit nervous. There could be a bundle in a minute, so watch out.
Which is stronger, the feeling that something is coming to an end, or the feeling that something else is about to start?

Joe Thomas

I think it’s probably more the former at the moment. This is rounding off four years of our life and we trepidatious about it. But really excited. And very proud of the film.

James Buckley

I think we’ll be a bit sentimental and upset this evening, once the film has gone out and been released. This is still us working on the film now, we still feel like we haven’t finished yet. Then after that, the DVD will come out eventually and we’ll have to work together to get people to buy that as well.
Will there be action figures?

James Buckley

Absolutely, Inbetweeners action figures.

Joe Thomas

With a removeable testicle. That’d be good.
Obviously the film takes place on location. How was filming out there?

Joe Thomas

It was nice actually, Magaluf.

James Buckley

We have fun everywhere though, we have a laugh wherever we are. We filmed the bulk of it in Magaluf off season so it was like a ghost town, so we were just sort of set loose to muck around and do whatever we wanted.

Joe Thomas

It was a bit like a set - nobody was really there on holiday, the streets were deserted, we almost felt like it had been built for us, it was quite nice. And the people that were there, lots of them ended up being in the film as extras, so it was quite nice. By the time we left pretty much everyone who lived in Magaluf had been in our film. Some of them got speaking parts, quite important parts. That’s how you make a film, you go to the town and anyone who’s in the town, give them a part.
I'd wanted to be in a film, I just didn’t want to be naked in it. So we got a stunt double, a cock double. A stunt cock...
Brits behaving badly ....

Joe Thomas

That’s the thing.

James Buckley

I’ve never been on one of these lads’ holidays, so I can’t really comment on that.

Joe Thomas

I think with the film the idea is that the boys show their youth a little bit, they sort of think that they want to engage in that, to go over there and be mental but actually what happens in the film is they realise it’s not quite the holiday that they want. They have this idea of this holiday that sees them being top dogs, but actually they’re not - they’re still the Inbetweeners as they were at home. There’s no going back now, they’re out there, so reality bites a little bit, I think, in this film. There’s a bit about halfway through where they are at a bit of a low ebb.

James Buckley

There’s a learning curve. They’re out there on their own. What you get from the series is the boys will get into some sort of trouble and mum and dad will come and help them out, or a teacher will come and get them out of trouble. Whereas the boys are now on their own and they’ll get into trouble and learn how to use and rely on each other and themselves. There’s a bit of a development in the characters in that sense.
Did you have any input into the plot or any of the scenes?

Joe Thomas

We have at an early stage, we sometimes talk with the writers about experiences that we’ve had of lads’ holidays – quite minimal, it turned out. I hadn’t been on a holiday like this.

James Buckley

Just funny stories that have happened to us or our friends. If they think they can use that, sometimes it ends up in the script.
Was there any stuff that happened to you in there?

Joe Thomas

My experience of lads’ holidays is fairly minimal, some things from the series have been drawn upon. It’s often quite small things, like a kid saw a teacher in Kingsland Mall over the weekend and then shouted “Kingsland!” at the teacher at school and ended up getting detention. That happened to a friend and that ended up in the series.
There's quite a bit of nakedness for all four of you in the film ...

Joe Thomas

They end up having to spend more time naked, because if you’re near your home and you’re naked you can deal with it quite quickly, but if you’re in the middle of a foreign country and you’re naked it’s sort of a long term thing. You’re there for the rest of the evening.

James Buckley

There’s a scene where my character Jay gets his swimming shorts pulled down by the pool. That was the one thing very early on in the script that I said I wasn’t up for. I really didn’t fancy it. I'd wanted to be in a film for so long, I just didn’t want to be naked in it. So we got a stunt double, a cock double. A stunt cock.
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