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INT: Lemme/Heffernan

Apr. 20, 2006by: JoBlo


Set Visit Intro / Jurgen Prochnow / Paul Soter & Erik Stolhanske / Steve Lemme & Kevin Heffernan / Jay Chandrasekhar

Like the interviews with Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske, this interview was a lot longer than what you see here. In fact, it was probably the longest of all the interviews but again, Ive truncated it to include only the questions relevant to BEERFEST. The interview was also, incidentally, the most fun. Not to detract from the other Broken Lizard guys, who are also very funny, but Steve and Kevin are f*cking hilarious. It wouldnt be a stretch to say that everybody was laughing for the entire length of the interview. Also, Steve had a small bald patch on the front of his head and Im still slightly confused whether it was for the movie or he just happens to have a bald patch there. Either way, it was cool-looking!

Steve Lemme Kevin Heffernan

Can you just say your name just so they can differentiate really quick?

Steve Lemme (SL): Steve Lemme.

Kevin Heffernan (KH): Im Kevin.

Speak in a higher voice.

SL: Hi. Im Steve Lemme. Right out of the gate. Well, as you cannot see on the tape recorder, I play a guy named Charlie Finkelstein, who is sort of like the every character plays a role in this movie. Im sort of the geek whos figured everything out scientific about beer. The anatomy of beer, the physics of beer, the geometry of beer. Ive even figured out a way to align the body in such a way that the spine and the organs and throat align to create the perfect chugging instrument. So thats really what Im here for. Of course, as a scientist, I needed to get a perm.

KH: This is actually your real hair.

SL: Right.

KHQ: In other movies, theyve put like one patch of hair.

SL: Its a miracle. My hair has actually started to grow back up here (points to the bald patch). Look at that.

How much scientific research went into this role?

SL: Quite a bit actually. I learned a word. Its one of the longest words in the English language. You know that word antidisestablishmentarianism? This ones longer. Its pneumonoultramicroscopicchillicovolcanocaniasis. And I throw that around pretty liberally in this film.

As in pneumonia, right?

SL: No. No. Its actually the passage its sort of like osmosis. Its the passage of tiny particles into something else.

Its funny. I have a friend whos going to beer brewmasters school in Germany. He has to take physics and chemistry. It is a real science. Did you learn how to brew?

SL: Have I learned how to brew? Oh yeah. Since the day I was born motherfucker.

Looking at you, youve been the good-looking guy of the bunch in a lot of the movies. Did they do this on purpose? (Referring to Steves perm and bald patch.)

SL: We were talking about this a little bit yesterday. When we were making Dukes of Hazzard, my original scene got cut. So I was going to do the reshoot, the idea was thrown around about me doing male pattern baldness, which I latched onto and so did every one else, quite a bit. When that didnt happen, it just seemed like a natural fit to do it for this thing. I appreciate the good looking guy comment. Ill see you later.

Now youre going for the Larry Cohen look. Youre like the lovechild of the Three Stooges.

SL: Oh yeah. Actually I was modeling it a little bit on Sean Penn from Carlitos Way.

And you wear the glasses.

SL: Have the glasses. Yeah. Yeah. I have the glasses and everything and I bring the front down a little bit to cover up the problem areas.

The guys told us that a lot of this was sort of based on the beer culture at your guys college. Can you tell us about some of that beer culture?

KH: Well, they say write what you know, so we decided we would make a beer movie because thats what we learned in college, beer drinking. Right?

SL: Yeah. Yeah. Youll see quite a bit of the things we did in college. Theres we did a bit of beer drinking in college. In the most I think we drank so much that we got so bored with it that we came up with like everybody new ways to do it. Like we have the monkey chugs in this movie, which is upside down and you race drinking beer in the roof of your mouth, which is easier said than done. You realize every time you try to do i t, that you instinctively put it up to your chin and then you spill the beer all over your face.

KH: I think the real inspiration was this trip that we took to Australia. When we were doing SUPERTROOPERS promotion and they sent us to Australia. One of the promotions that they sent us to was a beer festival, which I thought that was kind of interesting because we dont really get that here. But they sent us there. We ended up having a chug off against five Australian guys.

Was Will Forte on your team?

KH: No, he was on the opposing team and he is quite the beer chugger. A shockingly fast and confident drinker.

SL: Did they tell you they must have told you about the chug?

KH: Well, it was funny though because Will Forte - I think you come in and its all bravado in the beginning. We were all like, Well chug the beer ourselves. Then by day three, youre like oh my God. So he came in and did the same thing chugged a gigantic thing incredibly fast. Wow. Then he went outside and puked in the back parking lot.

Who do you play? Can you tell us a little bit about him?

KH: My characters name is Phil Crundle, aka Landfill, which is a little play on words. Basically Landfill, because Im the guy who like drinks and eats anything and everything.

SL: Hes Bruce the Shark.

KH: License plates and shoes and stuff.

SL: Yeah.

KH: So they get me on the team to be that guy, that anchorman guy who can drink fast and a lot.

So if you bring your experiences from college to this film, do you bring some of your bad experiences too? Obviously people who drink a lot of beer have some real bad nights too. Are we gonna see some of that in this film?

SL: No, its all glorified. In a beautiful glow.

Q: Theres no beer goggles?

KH: There is. Theres a little bit of beer goggles in there actually.

SL: We have a very intense beer goggles scene actually.

KH: Very, very funny.

Thats how you become sexy again.

SL: Exactly. The hair magically sprouts out of my forehead like playdough.

Are there any big physical stunts?

KH: I think in this theres a lot more physical comedy than in the other movies. Like for example I get into a huge fistfight with MoNique, me and MoNique going at it. Its actually I was talking to the stunt guys the other day. Shes going to do karate. Shes going to fight. Were thinking shell break out some karate on me.

SL: Yeah. Because MoNique is a karate expert.

So Steve, is it true you got your girlfriend Blanchard [Ryan] and she plays his [Kevin Heffernans] wife? Is that true?

SL: I will say this, yes its true. But I didnt really get her into the movie. In fact, when you see her, shes actually the perfect girl for the part. Wouldnt you say?

KH: She is perfect. We actually have a love-making scene. Me and Steves

SL: Theyre going to go at it animal fashion.

KH: Right. Thats really why shes in the movie. No, Im just kidding.

SL: Why dont you say something nice about her?

KH: I think shes great. I fought for her to be in this movie. Its beneath her. She should be doing Shakespeare in Moscow.

What about all this crazy sex thats in the movie? You [Kevin] have Blanchard. What about you [Steve]?

KH: Steve gets seduced by the Swedish drinking team.

SL: They are women. Yes. Well, when you see me when you first meet me, my occupation is that Im in cloning. I work for the National Institute of Health and I extract frog zygote manually.

KH: The gamete.

SL: The gamete. Yeah. I do it manually. Its actually its a true thing. A good friend of mine does that for a living. He masturbates frogs for a living. Im not kidding. I dont want to say too much about what happens in my sex scene, but lets just say I frog the Swedish girl. Yeah.

There was a little SUPERTROOPERS bit in DUKES OF HAZZARD. Are there callbacks in this film to previous films? Is there a Broken Lizard universe where these characters all exist in the same world?

KH: We brought some guys back. We brought a couple of the guys who played the local cops, are guys in different scenes. And we brought back Ozzie Fillipe who was the German guy.

But they dont play the characters they played.

KH: They dont play the characters they played.

SL: I dont think we have any callbacks.

KH: We have a call back from PUDDLE CRUISER, which was our first movie.

SL: Whats that one?

KH: Domingo.

SL: Oh, right. Domingo. I dont know if any of you have seen PUDDLE CRUISER, but theres a little Flamenco dancer.

KH: We brought him back.

SL: He puts pickles on the table.

KH: We brought a bunch of the actors back, but not necessarily in the same parts.

Can you talk about recreating Germany in Albuquerque?

KH: Its kinda weird. New Mexico is giving filmmakers lots of rebates and breaks and stuff, so Warner Bros. said, You will go to Albuquerque and shoot BEERFEST there. We looked around to see if we could make Munich (something about the United States at 18:00). Ultimately the art design guys did a great job.

SL: In our research for this movie, we looked up Oktoberfest and we found out a number of surprising things: It is a carnival atmosphere, they do not have beer until the beermeister taps the ceremonial keg at the beginning of the festival, and interestingly Oktoberfest is in September. It starts in September I guess because October is too cold. It starts in the last two weeks of September and carries over to the first week of October. So this is actually more accurate people will see it and go, I dont know about this, but it is fairly accurate with Oompah bands and Schnitzel, and like spleen eating contests and all that. The chicken dance is a real thing. But in terms of Albuquerque, the crew here is without a doubt the best crew weve ever had, and the art department has, I think, taken this movie to whole other level. If you visit the BEERFEST set tonight, youll see the scope of what theyve done.

The crew is from here or you brought guys you worked with before?

KH: Its a mixture. We brought some of our guys and we hired from here. The more you hire locally the more rebates you get.

Have you perfected a German accent?

SL: Me, no I cant do a German accent. Although I try, sadly.

Hows Jurgen?

KH: Hes great. If you were like to say, I need a real German bad guy, like a real German bad guy, hes a guy whos a real German bad guy.

Does that mean you can go anywhere and build a set and maybe you dont always need to go to the real locations.

KH: Maybe, but its hard to say. When we get to the editing room we might say, You know what, we need to get some shots of real Oktoberfest and pop them in. Interior-wise you can do it anywhere. But once you get exterior, you have to get kinda close

SL: They have built a ton of fantastic stuff, but its true you cant really beat the one hundred thousand plus people who go to Oktoberfest. It would be nice to get one shot of that.

So much of CLUB DREAD was the atmosphere of being there.

KH: We were really there.

They were talking about some of the combinations you made? Making darker German beers by pouring Diet Coke in the ODouls. How foul was that?

KH: It got a little ridiculous because some of the German guys were like, I cant drink anymore. I am done! Plus, Diet Coke and beer which I thought would be a great drink to serve at a restaurant.

Are you guys losing a lot of time on bathroom breaks? I thought I would see more Port-A-Potties around here.

SL: You see us running to the bathroom.

KH: Its weird because youll drink six ODouls and you wont feel drunk at all, but you go to the bathroom every fifteen minutes and youre not even drunk. Its like being 65, you go to the bathroom every 15 minutes.

SL: I think one of the properties of ODouls was that it goes through you faster. Thats the price you pay for being sober.

Whats that saying, you only rent it!

KH: You only rent it! Thats true.

SL: On these days when you do these chugs, between every take youre like, Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom. Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom. And its real. Youre not screwing around. And you make it there in the nick of time.

How bout catheters?

KH: They do have these beer chugging things they created with tubes, not for w hen we drink, but for the other teams we play against because they cant drink as much as we can. Theres a little tube where the beer goes down.

You would think with the budget they could have made animatronic heads for chugging.

SL: Have you heard of the Ubangi? Its a real thing, like if youre drinking out of a cup, you get your entire mouth around the whole cup and drink it down. He does a Ubangi in the film.

KH: They have a computerized thing that I put in my mouth and it expands my face.

Have you guys thought of any good drinking games to go along with the movie?

KH: There was talk about creating our own drinking games, but then we thought about the different drinking games and there are so many you dont have to create them.

SL: People came up to us after Super Troopers and said, Oh we invented a drinking game anytime one of you swears, you have to drink.

Youd last eleven minutes of the movie and youre gone.

SL: I know that Warner Bros. suggested creating a drinking game for the movie, just a dot that appears every few seconds.

KH: The new one is that we reused a lot of extras, so you put a picture of the extra up, and every time you see that guy in the movie, you drink.

BEERFEST goes wide on August 25th

Source: JoBlo.com

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