John C. Reilly's budget sleep

June 30th, 2011

John C. Reilly had to sleep on a chemistry table on the set of film 'Terri' because it had such a small budget.

The Oscar-nominated star portrays a vice principal of a school who tries to help the titular character - a troubled, obese boy - come out of his shell in the film, and despite his high-profile status he didn't have a trailer because there was so little money involved.

He said: "It's one of the lowest budgets I've ever had even though it doesn't look like it. We would eat and change in the classrooms in high school.

"My room was the chemistry lab, and we didn't have a couch - just hard desks and a huge chemistry table. I was tired and had some time off one day. I lay down on the chemistry table and fully fell asleep."

The 46-year-old actor - who works with producer wife Alison Dickey on the movie - admits he was swayed to take part because friend and director on the movie Azazel Jacobs urged him to.

He told Big Hollywood: "It's a great piece of writing, by a writer named Patrick DeWitt, who wrote it as a novel then asked his friend, our director Azazel Jacobs, for feedback on it. And Azazel told him right away it should be a movie.

"At this school he's also vice principal in charge of discipline so you go to him if you need counselling or if you're in trouble. I'm pretty direct, a no-nonsense get to the point sort of person, and that 'no bull' motto of his appealed to me."