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Recreating Animal House in the Netflix movie A Futile and Stupid Gesture

On the set of Animal House

The Netflix original movie A Futile and Stupid Gesture tells the true story of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney (Will Forte). It goes as far as the National Lampoon production of Animal House and Kenney’s Caddyshack before he died.

Knowing that part of Kenney’s story would include Animal House, director David Wain didn’t want to just do the Animal House scenes everyone was expecting.

“The goal was to pick moments that are very memorable from Animal House but see them from a different perspective and from a different context,” Wain said.

David Wain directs Will Forte in A Futile and Stupid Gesture

There is a food fight in the movie, because you had to have that in Animal House.

“We were trying very hard not to just recreate scenes that people will already know because whenever we see those in biopics we feel like it’s never going to match exactly,” producer Peter Principato said. “So we were trying, through David’s vision, to be inventive and creative in the way we looked at it so we’re seeing it from a different angle and then it embodies the spirit of it.”

There is an authentic Animal House car in A Futile and Stupid Gesture though. Principato happens to own one, and the crew enlisted it for the movie.


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