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Stars of ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ discuss filmmaking process

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For anyone who has ever wanted to murder their boss, get excited. “Horrible Bosses” is returning with a sequel, filled with even crazier antics than before. As Dale, Nick and Kurt set out to start their own business, problems ensue, which of course, lead to more kidnappings. The stars of the film — Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day — discussed “Horrible Bosses 2” during an entertaining conference call.

The three were thrilled to work together again for the sequel. “As actors, it was really fun for the three of us to get back together again because we enjoy each other’s company and we had this great time in the first one,” Day said. “As characters, it’s a terrible thing for the three of these people to get back together again because they keep getting themselves into some serious trouble here.”

While the comedy and humor of the first installment is still evident in this movie, there are some changes and unexpected guests that audiences can look forward to.

“The first movie we spent the first 30 minutes each in our own little movie with our own horrible boss,” Sudeikis said. “And this one it’s just right off the bat, we’re all three sitting next to each other on a couch.”

“Chris Pine … he brought a lot to it, just in terms of what we did differently,” Day said. “Brought a lot of hotness,” Bateman added.

In addition to Chris Pine, the movie features other well-known actors including Christoph Waltz, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Banks and Keegan-Michael Key.

“This is a big, kind of silly commercial studio comedy. When you can class it up with some Oscar winners it becomes a really nice, balanced cocktail, I think,” Bateman said.

“It’s really flattering to make the first one and have it exist, and then when you’re making the second one, to have people say, ‘Oh yes, I want to be a part of that,’” Sudeikis added.

Fans of “Horrible Bosses” are able to see the guys in action on screen, being their usual comedic selves. But does this humor continue behind the scenes? It does, to an extent.

“There was a lot of goofing around and making each other laugh, on-camera, off-camera. … We were actually trying to simmer things down and be serious to get some work done sometimes,” Bateman said.

“Not a lot of whoopee cushions on that set,” Day added. “We want to make sure everyone gets home to their kids, but you know we had fun making it.”

Another change to expect is the director. Sean Anders and his writing partner, John Morris, are new to the “Horrible Bosses” family, but fit right in. They are two of the most popular comedic writers in Hollywood at the moment, writing other comedies including “We’re the Millers.”

“He walks a really good line of not completely reinventing it. … He put a little more style into the second one and it fits the story. So I think he did a really good job that way,” Day said about the work of Sean Anders.

Whenever a sequel of a popular movie comes out, there is always the question of whether it will be as great. Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are all very confident that audiences will love “Horrible Bosses 2” just as much as the first movie.

“I’m pretty fair about being objective, and I really enjoyed the first just as a viewer,” Bateman said. “I watched this one with that same perspective and I genuinely like it even more than the first. If people see it the way I see it, they’re going to be very happy with this one.”

“Horrible Bosses 2” is in theaters everywhere on Nov. 26, 2014.