INT: David Koechner
David Koechner is the man youve seen a hundred times but may not know his name. You may see him on the street and think, I know that dude. but cant figure out exactly how. Well, heres how, did you see, SNAKES ON A PLANE (Okay, maybe not that one), TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY, ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY, well he was there. He has appeared in numerous other films as well as television and is finally getting his shot as a leading man of sorts in THE COMEBACKS.
Before sitting down with David, we had heard a whole lot about how he is a very funny and extremely nice guy. Well, what we found when we finally sat down with him It was absolutely true! He couldnt have been a cooler dude. He was very excited to talk about the experience in his first lead role and he had great things to say about the experience. This guy is not your average movie star, but he really seems to have the chops as a great comic actor. And you know what they say comedy is hard. Heres hoping David scores a touchdown with THE COMEBACKS.
How did this role come about for you?
Alright, heres how it came about Im happy to say they offered it to me. How about that? So I was happy to say yes. I had breakfast with Tom Brady and Andrew Panay, they had sent me the script the night before and I laughed and I said, Right on, lets do it.
Were you a football player yourself?
yeah, big time. You
might recognize me from my extensive pro career.
Yeah, I played for the Chiefs; you know, outside
87, 88 Chiefs.
Look that up. [Laughing]
No, no, I played in high school a little bit
Ill let you punch that up
Whos going to know except the people in Tipton. Im sure those records are easily accessible on the internet so Yeah, I played a little high school ball. Not of any note.
Can you tell us a little bit about your character?
[He] has dirtied every coaching water hes waded in. Hes a perennial loser. Hes the guy that sent the Stanford Band onto the field against what is it Cal State Berkeley that one year. Hes the guy that distracted Bill Buckner in the 86 World Series. Hes the guy that instructed [Mike] Tyson to bite [Evander] Holyfields ear. [Laughing] Hes never won anything ever in his life and he gets recruited to take on this college football program; and he does. And thats where the excitement begins.
We meet our characters; we get to lampoon the overwrought coaching and sports dramas. So its a lot of fun. Cause it can be a lot of latitude, everything has an emotional base, every scene, because its a touchstone of all these films that youve seen before. So thats the interesting thing, you have a recognition of what these things are from so theyre not just gags, although theres gags in all of them, a lot of times it comes from a real place; has a little bit more resonance.
Youve had a busy year, with TENACIOUS D
Tenacious D Jack Black called me two months ago and told me I got cut. [Having since seen the film, sadly he was] Look for me on the DVD.
Yeah Thats alright, youve gotta serve the film.
So, I just did a little cameo in there anyway and what else?
SNAKES ON A PLANE
That was f*cking brilliant
Thanks, that was fun.
You were great in it too.
Thank you. I thought what a fun film and then all that buzz and this will be great people didnt show up. I thought, are you kidding, this is a party. How can you not come to this party, so thats the way it goes.
Did you have any particular on-screen coaches that you are parodying in THE COMEBACKS?
Yep. All of them; they sent me a lot of clips from a lot of theres some real stuff that we are doing and I dont know if Im at liberty to give those away. Youll have to see. But they are very funny; the stuff that is lifted directly or referenced directly from movies that youll recognize as an audience member.
Something like [Nick] Nolte in BLUE CHIPS is always on the verge of having a conniption ?
So whats been the biggest challenge in this project for you?
Putting up with the actors, thats always the problem isnt it? [Laughing] Whats been the greatest challenge, ah finding a great challenge because its been fun every day whoa, huh [Laughing] No, its been good. There havent been any problems. No real challenges I dont have to do any football stunts so I get off pretty easy. The other guys and girls have a tougher time of it than I do. So, its kind of a cake walk for me.
Any particular roles or directors youd like to work with?
Anyone thatd give me a job does that sound too whorish?
Nah, it's fine.
I love obviously comedy so what would appeal to me is what Im probably best suited for, so any of that is welcome. Smarter comedies are even more welcome. Did you see THANK YOU FOR SMOKING?
Hmm Id love to work with Jason [Reitman] again. Hes gonna be doing a new picture I think, so he might have one day for me. Whats that? One day come on guy! [Laughing] I gave him a week; he wants to cut it down to a day.
Whats it like working with these young actors who havent had the experience that youve had?
Its great. Theyve got great energy and theyre all very excited and they come ready to play everyday. So, no ones bored, everyones very happy and theyre all giving a hundred and ten percent. Yeah, it brings great energy to the set.
Whats it like to be top-lining a film now? Do you feel any pressure or are you just kind of like, its fun
Well, thats exactly it. I think we only have fun. You cant control anything except your own performance. And Tom Bradys great, hes a very bright guy; he knows what hes doing. We see the comedy the same way so youre in sync there; so were taken care of. There are so many things you cant control on a film; you hope everyones doing their job. And its a delicate thing, really. But if it comes together, its wonderful and right now its really coming together so
Are there any cameos that you can reveal?
I dont no, that wouldnt be a question for me to be able to answer. I dont know what theyre holding back so I guess I cant spill the beans on it but they are fantastic, lets put it that way.
What are some of the projects you have lined up after this?
Well, January 17th, I did a show for Comedy Central called THE NAKED TRUCKER AND T-BONES SHOW. And we debut the seventeenth. Eight episodes on Comedy Central, its gonna be great. And then Im working on a couple projects and then I was just talking to someone about a couple animated things that might happen. But I havent signed anything yet.
Would it be like feature film animation?
Ah, ones a feature, and ones a TV project. And then theres another feature that theyre talking about so well have to see. Theres no ink, no deal No deals guys! Didnt break any deals yet! But Im looking forward to having December off, Ive got four kids, were gonna play all December hopefully. Teach my kids to ski maybe.
Thats cool. Do you have a voice acting background?
no. Ive done some
voiceover stuff before and I did BARNYARD two years ago?
You know, they take a little longer to come out.
And so that was my first feature.
Id done some cartoon work with another guy [Greg Miller]
before [WHATEVER HAPPENED TO] ROBOT JONES it was called, I did
thirteen of those. And
then I did some
Do you find it more creative or less creative to do voice over work?
It depends on what you want you know; its all creative right? Cuz its all part of something thats collaborative and people are hoping it seems creative. Some projects youre more involved in than others. And sometimes you just come in and do your job and go away, right? But Ive been fortunate that everyone Ive worked with is very collaborative and open to new ideas or whatever, but I try to do whatever their asking rather than going, Hey man, heres what I think. [Laughing] Nobody gives a shit what that guy thinks Come in, shut your mouth and do your job, right? [Laughing]
Do you find that actors that dont have a background in comedy, is it more difficult for them to adjust to it? Do they seem self-conscious ?
Well, thats case by case right? Sometimes Id say that the only thing is that some actors, if their not necessarily a comic they dont understand that their job is to just keep doing what theyre supposed to do, not try to be funny. If theyre trying then we all know it and were like, Oh, please You know who Margaret Dumont is right, from the Marx Brothers? She never knew those were comedies. Shes the straight man right? And she never knew [laughing] they were comedies.
How did she find out eventually?
I dont know. I think she did, someone told her. [Laughing] So, yeah and people also dont understand the value of a straight man. In the old vaudeville days, the straight man got sixty percent.
I know you are pretty seasoned with comedy, but do you still blow takes by just laughing and getting carried away with that or are you too ?
Well, you try and be professional but because you dont wanna blow the take that was the good one for the other guy. So, you do it more than once, its like, Okay wait a minute.
No more SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT type of
Oh no. Those will happen. Thats gonna happen anytime cause thats the joy of it. But its too cheeky, [its] not being very professional.
So what has been youre most rewarding project to date?
I guess my own TV show. That was the most rewarding. THE NAKED TRUCKER AND T-BONES SHOW, absolutely.
The most creative, the most control?
Yeah, Im executive producer on it.
[And Im] one of the stars of it so yeah, absolutely.
When is it going to be on?
it going to be on after
Yes it is.
were paired with
Well be watching.