And Deb [Aquila, the casting director] was like, “I’m sure you’ll be hearing from us.” And I thought, That’s very nice. The podcast followed Mitchell’s journey with the film, from being cast in a major project he couldn’t talk about to living in a hotel room in Atlanta while filming to the rollout getting delayed when the world shut down last year. This was a Tuesday. But the theaters don’t feel 100 percent back yet. As a sci-fi fan, I thought the monsters were good, and the moment in Miami is tense and scary, and after that, a lot of the action is great. But what happens when a cult-beloved comedian’s big break gets shunted to Amazon streaming to little fanfare? It can really get your name out there. There’s people that say it “takes from” a lot of other sci-fi movies. Instead, this jacked Chris Pratt action movie about a global catastrophe that could only be solved with ~science~ was pulled from the release calendar in April 2020 because … of a global catastrophe that could only be solved with ~science.~ This was a huge blow for a very specific demographic of passionate freaks: Doughboys fans. There are so many terrible celebrity podcasts right now. I’ve been a lot luckier than a lot of people. What happens when the reviews come in kinda mixed? But the thing that was important was for people to see it, and for it to feel real, which it has. I enjoyed it. So when Mitchell got cast in the movie, then called Ghost Draft in 2019, it felt like a victory for the underdog known to fans as Spoonman. Slice’s rising star. This is so cool. People around the world just having access to it and seeing the movie is great; I think that is the only plus side of it being on streaming and not in theaters. But having a movie not come out is low stakes compared to what was happening to everybody. They’ve officially seen the movie. The critical response is not terrible; it’s mixed. But it counts for me. Related
Want to Try Doughboys? That’s where it stings that it’s not in theaters, because it would be so fun. That reveal was the strongest segment for sure. But they were going too crazy, so they weren’t there for the first night viewing. Mine could fold into itself, into a ball, to hide. Overall, the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is positive for The Tomorrow War, but critical reviews have been extremely mixed. It doesn’t feel like everything is back yet. This was one of the most exciting days of my life, and Nick was really excited for me. Sometimes, those toys have one action element, like they can roll or light up. I was questioning everything. They get what it is. This impersonal megablockbuster became central to the lore of a podcast about reviewing new Taco Bell menu items. In a world where so much stuff is IP, [The Tomorrow War] is an original idea. I was really excited to have it be in theaters and have that experience and go with friends and stuff, and then that was kind of sabotaged by COVID. Real fans want to know: Have you shown the movie to your cats, Wolly and Irma?I have played it with them. I was like, Oh, this feels crazy and real! My mom and sister were here [for the premiere], and we would drive by a poster for the movie, and a plane flew by with a banner for the movie. A lot of the time, an audition comes in, and I’m like, There’s no way I’m going to get this. Photo: Amazon Prime Video
The Tomorrow War was supposed to be a massive 2020 Christmas Day release, the kind of movie you go to with the whole family when no one can agree on anything, because of its blanket appeal to everyone. And then the world is shutting down forever … Okay. But since I’ve been in L.A., I’ve had it on with them there, and they blankly stare at the screen like they usually do. But it shows how hard it is to ever really break out in this business. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Tomorrow War (@thetomorrowwar)
Excitement among Doughboys fans for your role in this movie reminded me of when Lauren Lapkus had that role in Jurassic World. The Tomorrow War Is Just As Stupid As It Needs to Be
Tags: But people whose points of view I respect — I’m in a text chain with [Blank Check podcast hosts] David Sims and Griff Newman and Nick Wiger, and those guys enjoyed the movie. I saw the Chris Pratt Instagram post where he threw out some crazy stat about it breaking some streaming record. Start Here. Blankies get it.What can you do? You co-host a podcast with a huge cult following that’s basically centered on the premise that you and Nick are kind of these adult failsons. I’ve worked pretty consistently. But I think it’s a really fun movie, and a lot of the listeners have agreed. She knew me through the podcast, [so] I got an audition for this role “Theo the Redneck.” This is a Chris Pratt sci-fi movie, so I was like, I’m never going to get this. It’s relentless. It’s really tough to just think that you’ve made it. There are reviews of the movie that are like, “It’s not like Edge of Tomorrow,” and I’m like, Well yeah, that’s one of the best movies of the past ten years! And I’ll probably watch it 100 more times in my lifetime, so they’ll be able to see it a few more times. But [the audition] was one of those situations where it felt good. It was tough. Samantha Nisenboim, one of the producers, was a fan of Doughboys. You never hear that in an audition, in the room. What can you do besides be like, Well, some people don’t get it. It’s like the lead on a CBS sitcom or whatever, and even from the description, you can tell this [role is for] a handsome, thinner man.It’s the wrong attitude to have. I shouldn’t even look at them. Mike Mitchell in The Tomorrow War. It’s truly the reason that I’m cast in this movie. Hi Mitch! I can never repay the support that they gave me. It gets me choked up. It is a big Hollywood spectacle, but it happens to be airing on people’s personal TVs. How did you get involved in the film? Almost every movie isn’t like that! In reality, landing a role in a huge action movie would contradict that underdog thing, but the whole world shutting down just as you were getting your big break feels extremely Doughboys-y. But this was fun. We mention it on the episode, saying, “This crazy thing happened.” You can hear it. There are so many upsides to a film being released in the theaters. Your stuff gets cut down, and then with COVID it was like, Now it’s going to streaming. Why does everything have to be about politics now? I went home, and we were recording a Doughboys episode that day, and I got a call from my manager that was like, “Hey, this is crazy, but they’re looking into flying you out this weekend to Atlanta for basic training for a week.” We had a Doughboys tour coming up, and Nick [Wiger] came over, because pre-COVID, we were still recording in person. You should have been Amazon’s marketing team.It’s that thing where Hollywood didn’t know what to do with podcasts when they first happened, and now they’re slowly taking over podcasts in the bad way that they take over everything. How can you beat being a McDonald’s toy? Trust me, I have thought about that many times. It would fold into a ball and then roll away. Even with positive reviews that were politicized, I was just like, Goddamnit. Like, Here it goes! It’s been great to have Doughboys. This will show me not to do this anymore, but a lot of times, I’ll just be like, I can’t do it. Especially in the past year. I think Amazon marketing was like, “What’s going on?” I don’t think they understood the podcast, or the support we get from listeners. It can promote movies. But the reviews could have been even worse. I never thought I would be in something like this, and there are so many hurdles that you have to go over. It’s just trying to be entertaining. If a chain restaurant did a Tomorrow War promotional tie-in, where would it be, and what would it be? They’ve seen the movie. I was just like, Oh God, is this cursed? What can you do? There’s a lot of support for the movie, for which I owe our listeners forever. It’s a huge movie that’s supposed to appeal to the widest possible audience, but there’s this weird comedy niche of freaks that seem to be getting excited for the weirdest possible reason. It’s not trying to reinvent the wheel or anything. From that moment to your time filming to “Tomorrow War Month,” the movie had an important arc on Doughboys. It feels great, because it feels like people are seeing stuff and doing stuff again. The Doughboys podcast, hosted by comedians Nick Wiger and Mike Mitchell, is ostensibly about chain restaurants, but really (in my mind), it’s about the male condition in America, and late capitalism, and living with anxiety. I tried to get them downstairs for the premiere night a couple of months ago back home [in Massachusetts] with my mom and sister. Once they find out that there’s money in it, it’s just over. So it was funny, and I was like, “Guys, don’t do this” when [people] were like, “I’m only watching the movie for Mitch!” To see people saying, “Mitch, we want more Cowan!” and confusing the hell out of all those executives is very funny to me. The thing that I came [to L.A.] to do is act, and sometimes I take the podcast for granted, but it is a way to perform and connect with people. What happens when, after all that buildup, his character dies at the end of the first act? The dream would be a McDonald’s toy. Even if you do well. What would the Cowan toy do? It wasn’t someone who had seen my work on TV so much as they had heard me on the podcast, and then they watched Love and stuff. Seeing the support from the listeners, reading all these comments, it’s emotionally overwhelming. Congrats on The Tomorrow War. So it doesn’t sting as much as it probably would if it was 2019 and it was on a streamer instead of in the theater. Vulture spoke with Mitchell after the film’s release about Mr. The first time I watched it, I didn’t know what I was getting into, and of course I’m biased, but I’ve been in stuff before where I’m like, That’s bad. I can’t change opinions, so whatever. I don’t know if you ever make it to that point, or if I ever will. That’s a bigger conversation, obviously, but we were just trying to have an Independence Day–type movie for summer. How does it feel for this huge Fourth of July weekend action blockbuster to have this weird rollout, through Amazon instead of theaters? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mike Mitchell (@mynamesmitch)
The Tomorrow War features a fair amount of comedy people: You, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Sam Richardson. It’s truly funny to me, because I think it’s just such a big, fun action movie. You have to turn off your brain sometimes with time travel [in movies]. I think people still don’t understand the reach that podcasts have. On Doughboys, you review chain restaurants.