Hot Rod (2007) Poster



The scene where Rod jumps over the 15 school buses featured over 1,200 extras.
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During the filming of the opening scene where Rod attempts jumping over the bus, the stuntman playing Rod actually broke his leg.
Seth Meyers, another Saturday Night Live (1975) alum, stopped by the set one day and came up with the "2 legit to quit" scene.
The band called Gown that plays at Rod's final jump is actually Queens of the Stone Age.
Rod tumbles down the hill for 47 seconds.
Bill Hader's long hair in the movie was not a wig. Instead, he had bonded hair extensions put in, which he wore through the entire summer the movie was shot.
Rod sings that he does his laundry without pants and is in his underwear. He then walks into a room, wearing pants. This blooper was entirely intentional and was planned by director Akiva Schaffer.
Although Pam Brady is credited as the writer of the film, The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) re-wrote the entire script to suit their style.
Even though Andy Samberg plays the older brother of Jorma Taccone, Taccone is actually the older one in real-life.
Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg, and Akiva Schaffer made this movie between the 2005-07 seasons of Saturday Night Live (1975). The team started rewriting Pam Brady's script in June 2006. Filming began on July 24th and wrapped on September 23rd. The team reported back to "SNL" on September 25th.
During Rod's big jump at the stadium, Andy Samberg's real-life mother and father can be seen in the crowd.
Almost every time Rico (Danny McBride) is holding a beer, it's real beer.
During the double date scene Will Arnett's character offhandedly refers to Rod as "Super Dave". This is a nod to Super Dave Osborne, a comedy stuntman played by Bob Einstein since the mid-1980s.
Originally intended as a vehicle for Will Ferrell. He receives executive producer-credit. The Lonely Island rewrote the script because it couldn't be read without Ferrell in mind, and Schaffer didn't want the movie to be an impression of Ferrell.
Shares the same basic plot line as Dirty Work (1998), which also starred then-current cast members of Saturday Night Live (1975). Both films are centered around an unsuccessful young man attempting to raise $50,000 for his father, a cranky ex-boxer, to have a heart transplant.
Samberg had his own stunt double, but performed many of his own stunts as he was allowed to, like the pool jump.
The "Cool Beans" song was originally pulled by director Akiva Schaffer, but the scene was edited by Samberg and Taccone and eventually Schaffer reinserted the scene in the last test screening where it received high remarks from the audience who some said it was one of their favorite parts of the film.
Feature directing debut Akiva Schaffer.
All of Andy Samberg's (Rod) stunt doubles had prosthetic noses to make them seem as large as Andy's. Jorma Taccone (Kevin) and director, Akiva Schaffer played a joke on Samberg by requesting the prosthetics be larger than his own nose so he would feel insecure.
The scene where Rod (Samberg) asks Cathy (Britt Irvin) out and starts laughing hysterically was improvised by Andy Samberg.
Behind the scenes or after filming was done for the day, Jorma Taccone (Kevin) would often go naked from the waste down, (besides shoes and socks).
The gag in which the syllable WH was enunciated was inspired by a skit from the album "Moment of Truth" by the hip-hop group Gang Starr (Guru & DJ Premier).
During filming the scene with Denise ("You look pretty" "What did you say?" "Uh, I said you look s****y. Goodnight, Denise!") it was raining during the scenes with Andy Samberg (Rod) and the rain had to be digitally removed.
In the commentary the guys say they heard of John Farnham because he had some songs on Rad (1986). They used the song "You're the Voice" by Farnham in the riot scene. "Rad" was a 1986 movie about a young man's journey to win a BMX race called Helltrack.
The scene involving Rod (Andy Samberg) ringing the bell over the pool followed by the other guys singing along to the bell was completely improvised on set by the actors.
Prior to the film's release, The Lonely Island (comprised of Samberg, Taccone, and Schaffer) promoted the film with interstitials during Comedy Central movie marathons. In the promos, the trio attempted to convince viewers that Hot Rod was the story of a sex-offender, "he does stunts to raise money to sex-offend."
Brittany Tiplady, who plays Maggie, Dave's (Bill Hader) sister, had about a week left before she got her braces off and she was excited to remove them in time for the movie, but director Akiva Schaffer jokingly made her film her scene before she got her braces off.
Akiva Schaffer's mother makes a cameo as an extra in two scenes. She's pelted with flyers by Richardson as she walks to her van, and later, she is shown sitting next to him during the screening of Rod's video.
Filmed in Vancouver.
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All of the pictures in the dining room of the Kimble/Powell home are real childhood pictures of Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone.
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Bill Hader (Dave) based his character off of his friend, Eric, and the "Tripping Balls" scene was based off of true events involving Hader and his friend, but in this case, Hader was Rod.
Will Arnett (Jonathan) was only on set for two days so in the first scene when he drives up in his car, it is clearly not Arnett.
In the scene with Rod (Samberg) riding his bike to his date with Cathy (Britt Irvin) and singing "Ohhh when you're going on a date, and you put on a shirt! And you ride your bike to the daaaaate," was improvised by Andy Samberg.
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The scene (introducing "Operation Fiscal Jackhammer") was filmed in the first day of shooting.
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The scene with Rod wearing bubble wrap and pillows, getting hit by the van was inspired by the documentary "Grizzly Man."
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There are a few subtle references to professional wrestling in the movie, including two of the characters wearing WWE T-shirts. In one scene Rod wears a Hulk Hogan "Hulkamania" T-shirt, and in another Dave wears a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin T-shirt.
The scene with Denise (Isla Fisher) ripping tickets was the last scene filmed.
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Director Cameo 

Akiva Schaffer: Dave's friend Derek, who gives Dave the acid.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The original movie poster was a picture of Andy Samberg standing on a hilltop and taking a bow in front of his moped, much similar to the after-credits sequence. This poster was preferred by director Akiva Schaffer and stars Samberg and Jorma Taccone. The studio wanted the movie's official poster to be the one featuring the main characters.

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