With extensive stunt experience and a longtime love of horror films, JJ Perry knew he had two of the three Day Shift bases. Luckily, when Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco signed on to star in the film, Perry breathed a sigh of relief knowing that both veteran actors could bring a lot of humor to the film.
“Man, part of being [a] a good director, in my opinion, is able to lead, follow or stay away. The comedy bothered me. The comedy scared me a little. I think I’m funny, but I don’t know if anyone else thinks I’m funny,” J.J. Perry said in an exclusive interview with Looper. – As soon as I chose Jamie Foxx, I immediately exhaled. I’m like, “Okay, cool. I have a good starting pitcher.” When I sat down for a reading with Dave Franco and Jamie Foxx – we had a big cast reading on Zoom – we all immediately started texting because Dave was furious. It was a collaboration, absolutely.”
Perry said that part of the film’s comedy success was the freedom to let Fox and Franco do their own thing once they had fulfilled script obligations. “I shot very long takes,” Perry recalled. “At first we did what was on the page. I have an obligation to the company I work for to shoot the script, but I was like, “OK, we’re still working. and riff and riff. A lot of the gold that we got, we got thanks to such long takes.”
Also starring Snoop Dogg as Bud’s friend vampire hunter Big John, Day Shift is streaming exclusively on Netflix.