It’s no secret that many celebrities are huge fans of “The Bachelor” – often on a love it/hate it kind of thing – as are many Bachelor Nation enthusiasts. One of those celebrities is Justin Long.
Known for his roles in “Live Free or Die Hard” with Bruce Willis, the cult classic horror film “Drag Me to Hell” and “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” with Ben Stiller, Long has a lengthy acting resume. He recently added a new comedy/horror movie to that resume called “Barbarian.”
In a September 9 interview with The Wrap, Long, who is an avid “Bachelor/Bachelorette” fan, admitted that he modeled his “shower-y” character in the film after an amalgam of unlikely Bachelor Nation cast members. Long admitted, “I notice that… [Bachelor] show that, obviously they are very nice people and very, they are all different kinds of people, but there is one type of guy that presents very clearly. And they perform, whether they think it’s cool or romantic, they perform. I like the idea that this guy doesn’t really know who he is.”
According to The Wrap, “Long described the character as ‘a narcissist’, someone who behaves differently depending on who he’s talking to. (This is illustrated by a scene in the film where he reconnects with a high school friend after being publicly has been disgraced.)
Long explained, “That was fun to play with, a guy who’s always shape-shifting and different shower-y versions of himself.” Long has never identified any particular Bachelor Nation cast member as his source of inspiration.
On the September 10 episode of the “Chicks in the Office” podcast called “Justin Long Can’t Stand Tino on The Bachelorette,” Long used many of the same adjectives to describe the suitors in the current season of “The Bachelorette.” to describe. he described his “shower-y” character in “Barbarian.”
Long told the podcast hosts “those guys, well, they’re performing a lot. They act like a cool guy, or romantic, or whatever it is. And there’s a lot of performers this year”
When the hosts asked Long what he thinks will happen in Finale Part 2, Long started tearing into Tino Franco after watching Finale Part 1 previews. “I can’t imagine Tino getting through another week without doing something wild and dark,” he said. He then twisted his face to try to impersonate Franco telling Recchia that he was in love with her. Long and the hosts eventually decided that Franco was just saying that so as not to talk about his “hostile” parents.
Many viewers really enjoyed the podcast and endorsed Long’s perspectives. One viewer wrote: “So great to hear Justin’s comments!!! I so agree with his views!!!” Another posted: “I vote Justin needs his own Bachelorette podcast.”
A Reddit thread on the podcast also garnered some glowing comments. One poster wrote, “I was hoping this would get posted. Justin was too funny! Loved this one.” Another Redditor commented, “Justin is perfect. Loved his recordings. He also seems like such a chill guy.”
Fans can tune in to what really happened to Franco and Recchia, and all the other drama, on Tuesday, September 20 on ABC.
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