“He’s crazy and so peculiar in his direction,” the soft-spoken and affable Roberts says in his native Welsh accent. “You’ll be doing your lines and [David will] go up to you and be like, ‘Say your lines with your eyes shut.’ It’s just very strange stuff that feels totally alien, and he does it for the moments in between the action. It’s all about getting interesting moments and character nuances.”
Outside, one of Green’s peculiar predilections has manifested itself in the form of half a dozen or so Abraham Lincoln impersonators. Because the crew was not able to control the environment outside in Pearl River in the same way they did in the New Jersey country club where they shot, he needed to block modern-looking cars parked on the streets. “There was no way to get around it, so David was like, ‘OK, then I want six Abraham Lincolns to cover it,” Roberts says. Although the Lincolns are not readily apparent in the episode – titled “Labor Day Luau” – you can still see them in the background of the final shot, in the distance behind the cherry-red Corvette Wheeler’s driving.
For Cooper, who plays Wheeler, the show’s college-dropout stoner with the heart of gold who works at the club – the show was a chance to indulge all the tropes he’d seen in the Eighties teen comedies he loves. “Smoking joints and sitting in nice, old cars, it’s always fun to feel ‘cool,'” he says. “I got to swim with my costar Alexandra Turshen – she’s beautiful – in a pool in my underwear. Stuff like that is fun. I love smoking on camera. It always looks cool.”
Outside, Roberts and Cooper are leaning against the sports car belonging to Paul Reiser’s character. When Wheeler asks Meyers how it feels to work for his dad, the would-be accountant likens it to “that scene in Apocalypse Now when Martin Sheen loses his shit in a Saigon hotel,” and Green asks them to improvise. Roberts says he’s not familiar with the scene; his costar spitballs how wild he’d heard it was making it. At another juncture, Cooper offers up some choice words for the elderly receptionist character inside the office, played by an extra, and her ability for oral sex without teeth. None of the extra repartee makes the final cut.
As the temperature hovers around the 95-degree mark, and moments of air conditioning are fleeting, the cast is simply grateful that nobody has to shoot tennis scenes. “Our next tennis scene is Friday night,” Kind says. “It will be hot. It’s going to be terrible.”