Truth be told, I havent watched Saturday Night Live for many
years. When I do watch it, I
tend to prefer the classic not ready for prime time players
such as John Belushi,
When Amy and Maya stopped by The Four Seasons in
|Amy Poehler||Maya Rudolph|
Is there a certain childhood fantasy thing about doing something like this?
Maya Rudolph: Ill be honest. Weve been asked that question all day and I was like, I dont know and then I was like, its kinda nice. They are like, hey, youre a princess. Well, thank you very much.
Amy Poehler: Totally. Im not too cool for it, Im super psyched to be in a film that will stand the test of time, I really believe that. And to play the iconic figures we get to play. Its really neat. And to be with funny ladies and be among like an amazing cast, its really great. Im a fan of the films; I can honestly say I really like them; as opposed to when I lie all the time. [Laughing]
it fun to kind of turn the whole princess thing on its ear, I mean,
princess are huge with modern little girls?
AP: They are, theyre really big right now. I was trying to tell that other dude.
MR: I know, he wasnt listening.
AP: But theyre huge right now and so it was kind of nice to play a version of those classic princess who kind of end up saving themselves.
How much leeway did you allow yourself with the whole improv thing?
AP: I allow myself a hundred percent, other people dont allow no [Laughing]
MR: I mean there is definitely an open invitation but they know what they want and its written and its already written very well. You know, its already funny. Then theres this really nice okay, lets try this and that didnt make any sense did it?
AP: We got to improvise a little bit.
MR: Thank you.
AP: We got to create our characters a little bit, but they had a really solid script coming in. So we knew that we were gonna get to [the table shakes and a journalist jumps]
MR: Dont worry, it wasnt an earthquake. You just jumped.
AP: You guys Shrek is here! [Laughing] That would be awesome if someone came barging in dressed as Shrek.
MR: That would scare the living shit out of me. [Laughing]
MR: I dont know, like a large
AP: A giant green person
MR: Like real? Not a costume?
AP: I think I might jump.
We dont really know how big Shrek is.
AP and MR: Yeah
He might be a little man.
MR: Might be teeny tiny?
AP: He looks quite big, compared to
Have you guys seen the movie? The whole thing?
AP and MR: We saw it in New York.
MR: [To Amy] Im gonna say everything that you say at the same time...
Did you see it in a screening room with Julie Andrews like one of your members did?
MR and AP: No.
With an audience?
MR: No it was just us and Amy Sedaris
AP: And Mayas daughter Pearl. [Both say daughter Pearl]
Well, theres an audience.
AP: She was an audience.
MR: But shes only a year and a half, so she was like, what the hell is going on?
AP: Tell them the story about pointing to you.
MR: She watched it and she got a little scared and she was doing this to me [hiding with her mommy] with the trees. And then at the very end of the movie she pointed to Princess Fiona and she said, mama. [Laughing] No thats Cameron Diaz.
How does it feel to be in a big summer movie?
MR: Its cool.
AP: Its thrilling. Im so excited Im so excited that it did well. And I think its great.
Will this success lead to other things now?
AP: It leads to debauchery, it leads to egotistical mania. Right?
AP: Lotta drinking.
Normal behavior then?
AP: Yeah, normal everyday behavior. [Laughing]
MR: Everyday life.
The voice acting, did it prepare you for Horton Hears a Who?
AP: Yeah, I got to do that as well, which I dont know when thats coming out, but that was really fun. Again, great cast of people and a classic story. I play the wife of the mayor of Whoville, Im Steve Carells wife. [She has trouble remembering her characters name in the film] Ah, my characters but in this one [Shrek the Third] I play Snow White. Ill tell ya that. No, but its been really fun to get to do a lot of animation and stuff. Its really cool. Again, we do late night television so we dont get to do a lot of things that are age appropriate for children. So its nice to do something that
MR: It actually is fun. It wasnt like, Oh, God. I gotta do Rapunzel. It was fun.
working relationship, when you do work with former or current SNL
members on another project like Will [Ferrell]
on Blades of Glory, is it a different kind of working process
and kind of working relationship then
it was on SNL [Saturday Night Live]?
AP: Its completely different. You know, every experience is different. However, I will say that I think most SNL people share a similar vocabulary. Theres something similar in terms of or theres like a sparkle/twitch in the eye that everyone knows. Like, its a very specific camp so when youve gone there or youre going there, you always have something to talk about.
MR: Yeah, like when you work on that show you are in sort of the army together, no matter who youre with. And as Ive met people over the years, you know, alumni of the show, its like you are all in the same fraternity together. Amy said [that] you speak the same language. So you know that if you had to go
AP: To war
MR: out there, with them, that theyd be there.
AP: If you were in a comedy war.
MR: A comedy war. Not a real war.
Given the fact that the SNL people do develop a certain shorthand with each other, how frustrating is it to be all by yourself in a recording booth?
MR: Its different.
AP: Its weird. It is weird. I mean, the good thing that came out of that is when I watched the film, I really had no idea what anyone else had done. So I was watching these ladies who I very much am a fan of, as well as friends of. I was excited to see what they had done. But it is a little isolating. I imagine that Cameron and maybe you guys no more than me but, that Mike [Myers] and those guys finesse up until the Im sure they listen back more than probably we did.
AP: We had smaller hits so we kind of did our stuff separate from them, so But, they did a great job of blending it together; like in the shower scene you really kind of cant tell that were not all jabbering.
What are you guys working on now?
AP: Being a better person. Finding an alternative fuel.
MR: Good tan.
AP: Good tan. And telling the truth, not telling lies.
Hows that going for you?
AP: Ah, great? [Laughing] Ah, shit. BAD!
Have you seen Mr. Woodcock yet?
AP: I havent seen it. Ive seen clips of it. Youve seen it?
Yeah, a few minutes
AP: When is that coming out? Do you know?
MR: You made that forever ago.
AP: Yeah, that was awhile ago. They had to redo part because it was the old The View. People from it was the old ladies from The View.
MR: Oh really. Youre gonna have to hurry
AP: Dont put the ladies from The View in your movies because you gotta redo it again and again.
But you have a lot, including that movie, thats coming out.
AP: Yeah, thats coming out. I dont know when its coming out.
Who do you play in that?
AP: I play the publicist to Seann William Scotts character, who kind of is needling him the whole time about getting back to work, and he goes to his hometown to sell his book and meet his old gym teacher whos boning his mom.
AP: That was a lot of fun.
MR: And romantic.
AP: Yeah, romantic. I havent seen that yet though.
How much longer do you see SNL being part of your career?
AP: Well, I know Ive got one more year. Ill be coming back next year. And then Maya?
MR: This is my last year as far as I know.
What will happen then?
MR: Depression. More drinking. Moving to an island. No, I dont know, I mean I never say never. My contract is up but Ive been there for seven years.
Well seven years is actually quite a long time isnt it?
AP: Its a very long time.
MR: Yeah, but its standard so, you know, well see what happens.
Maya, Idiocracy came out just a few weeks ago on DVD.
MR: Did you see it?
AP: I did. I loved it.
How did you feel about the way Fox treated it?
MR: It took me so long to understand what was going on because I never got a straight answer so its like frustrating at first. Im like, whens my movie coming out??? Whens it coming out? Whats wrong? And then, finally it was like, oh, I see whats going on. No one will say anything and its just one of those things where they had it planned to never put it out. But you know what? A lot of people have started to see it which I love. You know, in that way, like on NetFlix, some many people have seen it on NetFlix. Because it didnt come out it didnt come out in New York. It came out here [Los Angeles] for a week.
They opened it in seven cities, some of them very peculiar
MR: They just buried it.
And I know Mike Judge had to threaten to sue them unless they gave it an opening.
MR: Did he really? Its one of those weird things. I dont know what happened. I would love for somebody to say, this is what happened. Its sort of one of those weird mysteries kind of.
AP: A lot of people dont know that it made like fifty million moon dollars.
MR: It made a lot of moon dollars.
AP: It was huge on the moon.
You both have been part of this explosion of female talent on SNL and you probably get more raves than anybody else on the show, and yet you are not getting the film offers ?
AP: Theyre coming from the moon. I would argue thats not the case.
MR: That is not the case my friend.
AP: I have to argue that thats not true. For example, the biggest star recently to come out of SNL recently is Tina Fey. So I would argue that I dont know, I think that the bigger thing is Its really been nice to be given the [opportunity] to do Shrek with a lot of funny ladies. And it is a really nice reminder of how many talented women there are out there. And its about the constant kind of push to make sure that those stories get told and you create your own stuff. But his is a time when Tinas got her show, the Sarah Silverman show is great, its like there is a lot of good stuff happening where women are creating their own stuff. And really at the end of the day, most people have to create their own stuff anyway so
MR: Yeah, thats true.
AP: That being said, theres been a lot of male film stars that have come out of SNL, so I think that the tide is changing and I think in a good way.
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