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‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’ Preview: Cast ‘Looks Like They’re Playing Their Own Parents’ (Video)

The Netflix series, which is a prequel to the 2001 cult comedy, starts streaming July 31

The cast of “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” revealed what it was like playing teenagers again in a new behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Netflix series.

“Everyone looks like they’re playing their own parents,” star Amy Poehler said, while co-star Ken Marino took a more academic approach.

“There is a science to figuring out how old I am in relation to how old I am in real life compared to when I shot the movie and how old I was then,” Marino added.

The cast also spoke fondly of their experience making the original 2001 cult comedy that inspired the Netflix prequel series, and revealed that the film was shot on such a low budget that cast and crew would often sleep in the cabins that were a part of the Camp Firewood set. And not much has changed.


“Working on this feels like when we shot ‘Wet Hot,'” Poehler said. “It’s really cold, we’re moving really fast, and everyone’s having sex with each other.”

Poehler and Marino are reunited with fellow original cast members Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter.

They are joined by new characters played by Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery and Weird Al Yankovic.

“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” premieres Friday on Netflix

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