Eita: I watched Maru-chan on TV. I always thought there was more to him than just being funny. So then, the very first time we met eye to eye and greeted one another, there was a really good easygoing-ness about him. But at the same time, I got the feeling that there was something more complex about him and that there were things he harbored. I thought that there must be something deep inside him and I wanted to investigate. I became really interested in that aspect of him.
Maru: Before we met, I had a strong impression of him from his dramas, so I imagined he had a soft and warm atmosphere about him. That’s why I felt charmed by the masculine side he showed in this movie. I can’t trick Eita-kun. I felt like I was in trouble the very first time we met. I have a feeling that he can see right through me. *laughs* Once I spend a long time with someone, I eventually open up to them, but I’m sort of the type that doesn’t handle people digging deeply into me very well. Eita-kun really senses the way I distance myself from others. That’s why we were able to become friends naturally, and during filming, Eita-kun saved me in those ways.
Eita: Thinking back, when we were at the end of shooting on location, it was just the two of us. That’s when I decided I wanted to burrow my way into Maru-chan, and I asked him about everything starting with his family situation and stuff.
Maru: That’s right.
Eita: But he would only tell me about 2 or 3 of the 10 things I asked him.
Maru: Oh, come on. *laughs* I told you a lot more than I would normally!?
Eita: All right. Thanks, then. *laughs*
Maru: I don’t usually talk about that kind of stuff. So it was a lot of fun! He’s a drunken counselor. *laughs*
It must be a closeness between boys that girls wouldn’t understand.
Eita: Well, yeah. It’s a very delicate process between guys.
Maru: We keep it a secret from girls. *laughs* It’s not like we went out of our way to open up to each other. You just naturally think, “I wonder what kind of person this guy is,” and become interested in them. It might be sympathy, or it might be because they have something that you don’t. I’m happy that I happened to fit into that category for Eita. *laughs*
Eita: During our breaks, I would watch Maru-chan saying funny things or singing funny songs for us, or moving in funny ways and it just simply made me think how cute he is. *laughs* Filming is a tedious process, so it’s important to have fun during the breaks.
Maru: I just act based on the atmosphere right then, so I don’t even remember the songs I sang, but I’m honored. *laughs* I think I probably couldn’t help it because I was having so much fun. It was scary doing something for the very first time and diving into an unknown world, but more than anything, I had fun with this movie. We had a lot of freedom to do what we wanted as long as we were careful not to get into any accidents, so I was able to have a good time within the rules. At first I kind of had my defenses up against Eita-kun, but along the way, it turned to (me calling him) “Eita-chan!” *laughs*
Eita: There was nothing about Maru-chan that I had to put my defenses up for. Oh yeah, this morning when I saw Maru-chan for the first time in a while, I just suddenly thought, “I want to carry Maru-chan!” That’s why the second I saw Maru-chan, I stuck my arms under his and lifted him.
Maru: That surprised me!
Eita: But then Maru-chan did the same thing back to me. There’s something about guys that makes that kind of thing okay.
Maru: Even though it was the first time that ever happened to me. In all my life, there’s never been a person to pick me up the second they saw me. *laughs*
Eita: Really? *laughs* But I guess if I think about, I’ve never had the desire to pick someone up like that before either.
Maru: But it made me happy. *laughs* It put me at ease. I was a little nervous today because it’s been a while since I last saw you, but after that, things immediately slipped back to how they were when we were close during filming. Eita-kun was able to do that without using words, so I think he has a good grasp on my mode of life. It’s probably a lot faster than playing catch-up on our current circumstances. But it’s something that happened naturally, so all you readers out there, please don’t try this at home and go around picking people up out of the blue, okay? *laughs*
You got a motorcycle license for the filming of this movie, Maruyama-san?
Maru: If I didn’t get a license by the time filming began, I wouldn’t be able to ride, so it would mean they’d have to pull me around… And that’s a little, you know, lacking in wildness. It just wouldn’t make me feel wild. *laughs* It would also make the camera work for only my scenes harder, and I’m sure everyone would laugh at me. So I was desperate and managed to get a license. But once I got my license, it was brought to my attention that I would be riding with a side car, so it’s actually like a completely different vehicle. *laughs*
Eita: *laughs* I’ve been riding since I was 16, but before filming began I had to take this test kind of thing to see how far I could tilt the bike’s frame as I rode, or if I could spin and stuff. I would become eager to do more, but if I get injured, it would put a halt to filming. And this time, there were action scenes that would obviously be impossible for me to do myself, so I was able to adopt a clear-cut attitude before stepping onto the set. I figured that whether I do scenes myself or do dub work for them, it didn’t matter as long as there were true riders existing in the movie.
Maru: After filming wrapped up, I bought a bike of my own. All of the other members of “Wild7” including Eita are experienced riders, so I asked them about it. Lately, I ride it when I have to go somewhere. We also talked about getting the members together and going touring someday, huh? It turned into the cold season before we were able to make it a reality, though. *laughs*
Eita: You know those times when you just feel like going out for a short ride? I feel bad about inviting friends along for them, but next time I’ll try inviting you, Maru-chan.
Eita: All I do is get on the Kanpachi, take the 3rd Keihin and turn around at the first rest area and come back. Is that okay? I just ride that course by myself and then come home.
Maru: Oh, really!? Hmm~ Okay, invite me! Seriously, right now I only ride to the nearby gym, so I want to ride long distance.
Eita: The Shuto expressway has a lot of turns and is pretty scary, but the 3rd Keihin is all straight road.
Maru: When I’m riding around the city I don’t get much of that. I haven’t rode much at all, so please invite me once. At this rate I don’t know why I bought an off-road bike. *laughs*
Eita: Straight roads are great. But it really is only straight roads?
Maru: That’s even better! I don’t like having to make a lot of turns. *laughs*
If the two of you are to co-star again, what kind of roles would you like?
Eita: Something that isn’t just a normal friendship story, huh?
Maru: Something a little offbeat sounds interesting. With our inner selves bleeding through a little.
Eita: Ah, how about this? There’s a shopping center. Maru-chan sells dresses there and I operate a yakitori shop. These are shops handed down for generations, so they are shops we inherited from our parents.
Eita: Maru-chan’s dress shop doesn’t get many customers, but business is booming at my yakitori shop.
Maru: That’s kind of vexing. *laughs* I’m probably jealous of the yakitori shop. And there are emotions, too, like, “The dresses I sell smell like smoke from your shop and it’s a big bother…” *laughs*
Eita: The people of the shopping center get together for a meeting to discuss it, and they conclude that the two of us need to be friends. Even though there’s friction between us, a lot happens along the way and we gradually grow closer and in the end, with all my might I lift Maru-chan off the ground.
Maru: Oh, so that’s the punchline! *laughs*
Eita: We reconcile and then Maru-chan acts his butt off in a scene where he truly breaks down in tears. And then I heave a deep sigh of relief. And from then on the dress shop gets lots of customers too.
Maru: I really love this story. It’s the first time I heard it, yet you told it so fluidly. Were you thinking about it beforehand, Eita-kun?
Eita: Nah, I just suddenly saw it come together. *laughs*
Maru: Too funny! Eita-kun is a strange person after all. There aren’t other types like you around me.
Eita: There aren’t other types like you around me either, Maru-chan.
Maru: But seriously, this story is so silly and comical, and cute. I like it. Maybe someone reading this interview will come to us with a movie proposition.
Eita: By all means. An hour long movie would suffice. Please include “Original idea by Eita” in there. *laughs*
Maru: Please also be sure to include the last part where he lifts me off the ground no matter what. *laughs*
- Current Mood: amused