There was a time, young readers, when the R-rated buddy comedy was a regular commodity at the multiplex. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, films like “Lethal Weapon” and “Midnight Run” provided R-rated comedy to moviegoers in ways that we just don’t see that often in 2019. Here comes “Stuber,” an old-fashioned buddy movie with an inspired oil-and-water pairing in Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista. The “Silicon Valley” and “Avengers: Endgame” stars bring their very different screen personas to the story of a cop who basically commandeers an Uber driver and his vehicle for a day of chaos and action. The two incredibly charming actors sat down with us in Chicago a few weeks back to talk about making the movie, and we really got into the arts of comedy, action, and even wrestling.
“Stuber” reminded me of a lost subgenre of R-rated buddy comedies from the ‘80s, so what are your favorites?
DAVE BAUTISTA: I think “Lethal Weapon” is the gold standard.
KUMAIL NANJIANI: For me, it’s hard to get away from “Midnight Run”.
DB: [Laughs.] Charles Grodin is SO dry.
KN: He’s so GREAT. They’re so great together.