Real-life road trip helped ‘Brad’s Sta­tus’ ac­tors bond

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

TORONTO » Ben Stiller thought the best way to pre­pare for his role as a dad tak­ing his son on a col­lege tour in the film “Brad’s Sta­tus” was to take the ac­tor play­ing his son on an ac­tual road trip.

So Stiller and Austin Abrams got in a car and took a drive from Mon­treal to New York, mak­ing stops along the way. “I feel like it re­ally it helped be­cause we’re sup­posed to be like fa­ther and son,” Abrams said.

The bit­ter­sweet com­edy has Stiller’s char­ac­ter, Brad, driv­ing his son around the North­east look­ing at schools, but all he can think about are his own fail­ures in life. Along the way, he starts to ques­tion if he has re­ally failed.

Stiller saw the sub­ject mat­ter as re­lat­able, along with hav­ing a chance to work with Mike White, who wrote and di­rected the film, which hit the­aters Fri­day.

The road trip not only helped the two ac­tors’ re­la­tion­ship on screen. Stiller said they also had a great time do­ing it. On the way, Stiller stopped at a his­tor­i­cal at­trac­tion and dressed up in a Revo­lu­tion­ary War out­fit, much to em­bar­rass­ment of Abrams.

That mo­ment made it feel real. “I was like hey, we’re fa­ther and son. This is hap­pen­ing,” Stiller said.

Ben Stiller

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