Hader's fine handling of a dramatic role got noticed not only by the filmmakers, but by a fellow actor: Kevin Pollak, who was in the audience and complimented him during the Q-and-A.
Co-executive producer Mark Duplass compared Hader to Jonah Hill in "Cyrus," which Duplass directed with his brother Jay. Mark Duplass called Hader's casting "a chance for a comedic actor to take more of a dramatic turn. It's going to change the way you look at Bill Hader."
"The Skeleton Twins" shows that the well-honed chemistry Hader and Wiig developed on "SNL" is still potent. The movie's showstopper is a lip-synch duet between Milo and Maggie to Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."
Acquiring the rights to the '80s power ballad took up "a lot of our music budget," Johnson said, adding that he worked with Hader and Wiig to choreograph appropriate moves.
The key, though, was the moment's drama. "It was dramatic, and as long as there is tension in the scene, that was more important than the dance moves," Johnson said.
"The Skeleton Twins," directed by Craig Johnson about an unexpected reunion between estranged twins, made its premiere Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. The cast includes Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook and Joanna Gleason; part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition.