Anna Kendrick's new role required drinking on set

Aug 22, 2013 at 2:21 p.m. ET

Anna Kendrick is always the nice girl, but for her new role, she was required to drink beer. A lot of beer.

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick has never been known as the bad girl (actually the exact opposite), but she revealed she was drunk many times while shooting scenes for her new movie.

The reason? Well, first, the movie is called Drinking Buddies. It wasn’t Kendrick's lack of professionalism that led her to drink, but rather, her professionalism. She did her part to make the role more true-to-life.

"It was very, very bizarre," Kendrick told Vulture magazine.

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For the film, director Joe Swanberg took a very different approach than most films: he didn't provide a script to his actors. Instead, he reportedly provided only an outline as guidance and let the actors create the scenes themselves. For a film like Drinking Buddies, he felt the actual drinking made the scenes more honest than if they had been scripted and sober.

"During a scene at the bar, they gave me fake beer, but then during a scene where I'm playing cards with Jake, they gave me real beer, and I didn't realize it!" Kendrick said, according to the Huffington Post. "And so every time I lost, I was pounding beer, and I didn't realize it was real until halfway through the take. I was like, I'm super-drunk right now! And so as soon as the take was over, I had to announce to everybody that I was drunk at work. I was horrified by the idea that I was going to be the next troublesome star who got drunk and started flipping over tables or whatever. I just tried to sit quietly until I sobered up."

Kendrick's co-star in the movie, Jake Johnson, said the actress's drunkenness wasn't completely due to the amount of alcohol she was drinking.

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"Anna is one of the bigger lightweights I've ever been around," Johnson told the Daily Beast. "She chugged a real beer thinking it was nonalcoholic, and got drunk instantly."

Actress Olivia Wilde seemed to really appreciate the new way of shooting the film. She told the Daily Beast that "the reason we wanted to drink the beer wasn't to loosen up, it was because we were working within this very specific world in the film, the craft-beer world of Chicago, so we wanted to be able to improvise accordingly."

Drinking Buddies opens in theaters Aug. 23.

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