Only in Hollywood — when a '5' dates a '10' 

Jay Baruchel, the waifish star of “Tropic Thunder,” and Nate Torrence, who played an endearingly jovial government agent in “Get Smart,” didn’t know each other before making the winsome new comedy “She’s Out of My League.”

But they became fast friends during filming.

“We lost many days making ourselves laugh,” says Baruchel, 27. “One of the things that’s problematic about improvising on the set is that it can sometimes become a p------ contest — people try to show each other up by coming up with the best lines. That didn’t happen here. Everyone was just trying to make each other funnier.

“That’s what made ‘She’s Out of My League’ such an overwhelmingly positive experience. I walked away from it with Nate, who’s now one of my best friends, and that doesn’t happen very often. There was no hint of competition between us. We didn’t know each other, but we forged a unique chemistry.”

In “League,” Baruchel plays a nerdy airport security guard who stumbles into a relationship with a beautiful young woman played by Alice Eve, who starred in last year’s “Crossing Over.”

His friends tell him she’s a “10”; he’s a “5,” at best. Baruchel found the characterization amusing but slightly demeaning. Not that he took any serious offense. 

“There are a lot of references in the script to how ugly I am,” Baruchel says. “My agent said it would be perfect for me, which was a weird mix of flattery and insult. The movie makes fun of how repulsive I am.

I never got a chance to be in a John Hughes movie, and nothing will ever be comparable to what he did, but this was pretty close to that. I had to do it.”

“The part was originally written as a ‘1,’ but Jay elevated it to a ‘5,’” says Torrence, 32. “He’s way too funny to be a ‘1.’ We sat there on the set, cracking each other up, and the script was really strong to start with. But the friendship we developed as we were working on it made everything even better.”


She’s Out of My League

Starring Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter, Geoff Stults, Lindsay Sloane
Written by Sean Anders, John Morris
Directed by Jim Field Smith
Rated R
Running time 1 hour 44 minutes

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