The Brothers Solomon |


(Merrick Morton)

”This was possibly the funniest script I had ever read,” says Arrested Development’s Will Arnett of the comedy Will Forte penned about a pair of inept siblings (Forte and Arnett) who enlist a surrogate (Kristen Wiig) to produce a grandchild for their dying father. ”This is going to be the Age of Forte.”

Maybe so, but that era was originally intended to dawn on TV. Forte developed the Solomon brothers as characters for a potential Carsey-Werner TV pilot, but when he joined Saturday Night Live in 2002 he spun them off into a feature. The move to SNL proved fortuitous in more ways than one — without that show he would have never met his future onscreen brother through castmate Amy Poehler (a.k.a. Mrs. Will Arnett). While the presence of two Wills on set may have caused some confusion — ”We ended up talking in the eighth person,” laughs Forte — a bond quickly formed between the actors and their costar, SNL vet Wiig. ”I’m not joking when I say that over the summer I had thoughts of what it would be like to live the rest of my life in a little house with Kristen and Will,” says Forte. ”It would be like all-year-round Christmas.” The result of this cast-and-crew lovefest is a comedy that mixes gross-out jokes with conceptual humor while maintaining a strong sentimental core. Or as Arnett cheerfully describes it, equal parts Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and ”that bus movie with Rosie O’Donnell.”

And hey, Arnett and Forte seemed to dig the experience enough to consider revisiting the roles in the future. ”We will be working together on Brothers Solomon II: Stockholm Syndrome,” says Arnett. ”There is no movie,” adds Forte, finishing Arnett’s thought as a good brother should. ”But there is a title.” (Sept. 7)