Video Interview: DIRTY GRANDPA’s Adam Pally Does His Best De Niro Impression


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Adam Pally as Cousin Nick in DIRTY GRANDPA. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Adam Pally as Cousin Nick in DIRTY GRANDPA. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

DIRTY GRANDPA follows a recent widower (Robert De Niro) who convinces his straitlaced lawyer grandson (Zac Efron) to accompany him on a road trip to Florida. It’s a tradition he shared with his dearly departed — going on this very trip every year — and he’s not going to let something as little as her death stop him from having a good time.

From there, the story sees the duo getting into all sorts of debauchery, including but not limited to drinking, drugging and partying themselves crazy.

Fresh Fiction had the opportunity to speak with one of the film’s stars, Adam Pally (HAPPY ENDINGS, THE MINDY PROJECT), who plays the family’s Cousin Nick. We talked about being out of our comfort zone, reference-filled comedies, and we even got a few impressions of De Niro.

DIRTY GRANDPA opens tomorrow.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.