Co-stars Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison, who play Simon, Jay and Neil respectively, said that Bird “planted ideas” into their heads on set and then sat back to watch the mayhem unfold.
Directors Iain Morris and Damon Beesley said the actor tried to stir up trouble on the set of The Inbetweeners 2 movie in Australia, recalling an incident when he tried to trick Simon actor Joe Thomas to jump into the harbour.
“We were like, ‘please don’t jump into Sydney Harbour as we’re about to start filming,’” Morris said.
Joe Thomas, who plays the neurotic and hopelessly romantic Simon in the comedy series, admitted to being the most sensible of the group.
The actor said he is “fundamentally obedient” and will only join in if his other actor friends are messing around because he’s “weak”.
“I don’t really like getting into trouble. I mean, I will join in they’re all mucking around but that’s because I’m weak,” he told a Q&A at the Apple Store in Regent Street.
Directors Morris and Beesley, who have been producing the series since it started in 2008, also admitted they were a bad influence on set.
“We were like terrible parents…we tried to encourage them to be as naughty as possible between takes and ultimately someone else would have to deal with it,” Beesley said.
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