The star-studded cast features comedy legends like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, along with some of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars like Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Randall Park and Karan Soni.
“You can’t have a great dish without great ingredients, and this is an ensemble comedy so there are quite a few ingredients,” Miller said. “This ain’t no chicken marsala. White wine, capers and a little vinegar. This is a very complicated dish, like a Baked Alaska or a soufflé that does rise to the occasion.”
Looking at the cast, there seems to be one name that stands out: Courtney B. Vance, the winner of the 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie. Landing a role in this raunchy comedy may not seem like an obvious next step after Vance’s performance as O.J. Simpson’s lawyer Johnnie Cochran in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” but Miller said goofing off with Vance was one of the best parts of filming. Miller said his favorite scene involved sliding down a Slip’N Slide with Vance.
“That was a real stunt, we really did it,” Miller said. “We were moving like really fast, like 15, 20 miles an hour with the harnesses on. But it’s just funny, he’s like this award-winning dramatic actor and he was such a silly goose in this movie. We just both had so much fun doing that, doing different poses, dabbing, just joking around and it ended up just being kind of, I don’t know, that was a part of the movie that was just fun.”
Although the movie is fictional, that doesn’t mean Miller hasn’t had some crazy Christmas party experiences of his own, involving a ceiling completely covered in mistletoe, a homemade hat built from half of a keg and plenty of alcohol.
“I kissed 15 people,” Miller said. “Some of them women, some of them animals. I had a dog lick my mouth for an hour and a half before I realized it wasn’t the person that I was talking to.”
His partying didn’t come without consequences, though.
“I got mono, three different strains of mono, which is strange because mono means one,” Miller said. “Also, using a hacksaw I cut an empty keg in half and wore it as a hat, which was not as funny as when you wear a lampshade as a hat, it’s much heavier. So, I also fractured my clavicle.”
But on a more serious note, Miller said he hopes the movie can give audiences an escape from the drama of 2016 before moving forward to face what’s to come in the new year.
“I think now more than ever, right now, we need something to sort of go and laugh at that’s positive and inclusive and a little bit more than that, even,” Miller said. “Let’s party. It’s about a huge party. It’s about everybody coming together to party, and that’s the message. It’s not that hard to promote a comedy during the apocalypse.”
If anything, the movie will be able to serve as a break from all of the family gatherings that are bound to occur in the month of December.
“It’s just a good time and, also, it wouldn’t hurt for us all to not have to talk to our families for an hour and a half,” Miller said. “That’s a bonus. We’re offering you sort of two and half to three hours of stress-free holiday with family, so that’s a pretty good pitch right now more than ever.”