Fox’s new military-set comedy Enlisted, from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, premieres Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET, and if you watch our Pop Culture Personality Test with stars Geoff Stults, Parker Young, and Chris Lowell below, you’ll see casting nailed it.
They play brothers who find themselves at the same Florida post after super-soldier Pete (Stults) gets booted back Stateside and put in charge of his siblings’ “Rear D” (Rear Detachment) unit. Those are the soldiers who stay behind to take care of the base and the families of the deployed. Lowell is sarcastic middle brother Derrick, and Young is Randy, the enthusiastic puppy who idolizes Pete and accepts that he’s occasionally the butt of his brothers’ jokes.
Bonus brotherly bickering! Here’s an except from when we asked them to tell us about a scene that took a lot of takes:
Stults: Remember [in episode 2] when we handed out the medals, and Parker decided to do that really slow sad run?
Lowell: Parker has to literally cross-camera. That’s it, no lines.
Young: That’s called a pouty run.
Stults: That’s called you were pissed that you didn’t have any more to do in the scene.
Lowell: We literally did take after take.
Stults: And guess how much of that ended up in the final cut? None.
Young: All of it. You see a pouty run.
Lowell: You do see a pouty run. Believe me, when we saw it, he made sure I knew we were watching the pouty run.
The Jan. 17 episode also features a hilarious running Toy Story 3 bit in which Young’s sensitive Randy must keep reciting the plot of the film until it doesn’t make him tear up. (That is tough: According to a 2010 EW.com poll, 88 percent of moviegoers cried at least once during that movie.)
Lowell: I freakin’ wept at Toy Story 3. I cry at everything. Here’s how sensitive I was [Wednesday] flying in, because I was so tired. I was crying at We’re the Millers. That’s when you know you’re exhausted. I was on the plane watching a drug-smuggling movie just bawling my eyes out.
Stults: I also cried on the plane, and it wasn’t from a movie, it was because Parker wouldn’t shut up.
Lowell: I believe that. Parker, when was the last time you cried?
Young: I don’t know what movie…
Lowell: Was it one of the Oscar [contenders]?
Young: Wolf of Wall Street wasn’t…
Lowell: Yeah, that seems like the real tearjerker. That’s the one to go to, not 12 Years a Slave or Dallas Buyers Club. No, no, it was Wolf of Wall Street.
Stults also stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105) to chat about the cast – including leading lady Angelique Cabral, who plays Pete’s rival, Staff Sergeant Jill Perez – attending a brief Boot Camp to prep for their roles. Cameras documented the experience, including the surprise late-night inspection of their rooms. Listen to Stults talk about their infractions below.