Get Him to the Greek is ostensibly a Jonah Hill/Russell Brand vehicle, but the man who really steals the show is Sean “P. Diddy” Combs as Hill’s music mogul boss who is either excellent at playing head games on temperamental musicians like Brand’s Aldous Snow, or is truly and deeply deranged.
“I was thinking of him for the part when I was writing the part, and I thought he’d be really good,” said director Nicholas Stoller. “With someone like that who you haven’t seen do comedy that much, if at all, it was important to see him audition. And he came and auditioned, which was very cool, and just nailed it. He was just hilarious. After the audition – I’d already decided we were casting him – he literally got on his knees and said, ‘I’ll do anything for this part.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know how my life has lead me to the moment when Sean Combs is on his knees begging me for something.’ I was like, ‘Whatever chess moves I have made to get to this moment were correct.’”
He definitely didn’t have to beg – he brings the funny out of left field. “It’s no mystery to me as to why he’s a mogul having worked with him now,” Stoller said. ” He came to it saying, ‘You guys know how to do comedy. I’ll do whatever you guys want’ and was really trusting and awesome and just a great guy to work with and hilarious. He would improv, and they’re some of the major, big laughs in the movie. It was really awesome working with him.”