Wet Hot American Summer features some of the biggest names in Hollywood. But when the movie was made, they were mostly unknowns traipsing around in cutoffs and tube socks, 10 years too old to be playing teens at camp. When they reunited for the prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, last month they were almost 15 years older. Still, the entire cast — which
includes Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks — unanimously opted in for the eight-episode Netflix series. “That was a testament to the special place that the project seems to hold in all of our hearts,” says director and cowriter David Wain, who collaborated on the script with Michael Showalter. First Day
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of Camp also features some impressive talent that wasn’t in the original: Jon Hamm, John Slattery, and Kristen Wiig. “We wanted better actors, but they weren’t available,” Wain deadpans, “so we just got crappy actors.” Meanwhile, he says it’s as if the intervening years since the original never happened. The 15 years in between were like “a wrinkle in time,” he says. ■
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