The American Pie star also discusses his new prison dramedy, Orange Is The New Black, and answers the same 10 questions we always ask everyone.
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How did you get involved with Orange Is The New Black?
I heard from my agent that Jenji Kohan [creator of Weeds] was doing a new show, and that it was going to be for Netflix. Those two things, right away I was like, “Oh my God, that’s super exciting!” I’m a huge fan of Jenji’s and I’m really excited about Netflix and what they’re doing over there. My ears perked up and I was like, how do I get involved? So I auditioned and they brought me back to read with Taylor Schilling and we had great chemistry, and that was it.
Is there any difference in the experience of filming something that’s designed for online streaming, rather than traditional TV?
The biggest difference is in the creative freedom. That’s really more for the creators of the show and the directors, but it trickles down to us as actors as well. Netflix is being very picky about the shows that they’re making with their original content, so they’re betting on show-makers, they’re betting on writers, and directors, and talent. They’re getting behind these people and trusting them to make the shows that they want to make, letting them do their thing, and we feel that on set - there’s not like a network executive there, giving notes every few seconds. Furthermore, there weren’t the time constraints like there is in the network or even cable television world, where you’re shooting an episode and it has to be on the air in four weeks. That kind of freedom is a real luxury in the television world.
Would you want to make any more American Pie movies, or will American Reunion be the last?
Well, we have to see how my house renovation goes - those things always go over budget and over schedule… You know, after we did the second movie, I stopped saying that it was the end because you never know with these things. There was this nine year gap between part three and part four, and there were moments where I was like, “Ok, this thing is dead,” but fortunately everything came together. I’m totally open to doing another one. The obvious thing is, yeah man, it’s probably more money than I will be able to make ever again on a movie. There’s that, but also the truth is I love playing that character. It really is the gift that keeps on giving, that American Pie series. So, yeah, as long as the creativity is there, as long as we don’t feel like we’re just doing it to sell out for a paycheck, as long as it feels like something the fans will like, if we can do that - great. If it feels like we’re selling out, if it feels like a piece of shit, then there’s no fucking point, I’ve already made plenty of money from it, I don’t need to do it again. So, fuck it. The truth is, with the four movies we made, I feel like we’ve made movies that the fans have enjoyed - we haven’t tarnished the American Pie name, but the more sequels you do, the more likely you are for that to happen, the more you keep throwing shit against the wall. By the way, that’s the DVD movies notwithstanding. That’s a separate thing entirely, I don’t consider them a part of our franchise…
You’ve been voicing Leonardo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the last couple years, what’s it like to be leading the world’s most famous sewer mutants?
I tell ya, boy, it’s pretty cool. I grew up with the turtles, so it’s one of these sort of surreal, crazy things that I was able to lend my voice to. Leonardo was my favorite growing up, being the leader of the group - of course I’m the leader, I mean, that just makes perfect sense… What’s really crazy is to be a part of it and to see how people react. I knew it was a big, huge, global property that had a lot of fans, obviously, but just seeing how excited people get by it around the world is such a trippy thing. It’s really, really cool.
What was the last thing you had to apologize for?
Oh boy. I got pulled over the other day by a cop because I stopped for an emergency vehicle that was a couple blocks ahead of me, but I pulled over to the left side instead of the right side and I had to apologize to the cop so he wouldn’t give me a ticket.
What’s your favorite curse word?
No messing about, then! What’s the worst hangover you’ve ever had?
The worst was flying from Las Vegas to Seattle. I went from partying in Las Vegas, then I had to fly up to Seattle for a film festival and I was still like, I’d had zero sleep, I was still messed up, and I had to land and do interviews on a red carpet. It was just a nightmare.
What was your first car?
My first car was a 1996 black Toyota Corolla.
Do you still have it?
No, but my dad had it for a while. He just sold it a couple years ago. I put rims on it, like chrome, dope rims, and put a sound system in, tinted the windows, man, this thing was hardcore. When I gave it to my dad, though, he took the rims off, put the original stuff back on. He couldn’t hang. I was like, “Dad, c’mon man, you can rock out, you know? You got a big system in here, you can play the Doobie Brothers all the way up…”
Do you have a scar that tells a story?
Just emotional ones. Plenty of emotional ones that tell all kinds of weird stories.
Do you have a party trick?
A party trick? Well, I have a really amazing ability to, um…I have great anal control. For my farts. When I fart, I can really squeeze it out for a really long time. Like, I can control the pitch and the length of my farts because I have really good control of the anus muscle.
…Wow. I’m scared to ask now, but what’s the biggest thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?
Well, I put my foot in my mouth almost daily, and that’s a size 9 ½. I guess I’m going to have to go with the figurative answer, because I don’t know literally.
What’s the one thing to remember in a fist fight?
That getting punched really fucking hurts!
Who was the last person to see you naked?
Well, I would say my wife, but I’m sure someone has watched American Reunion today, and I show my dick in that, so… On Twitter, I can see people writing me, almost every day, someone’s like, “Hey, I just saw American Reunion, I just saw your dick, hey, congratulations on that,” so almost every day, some stranger around the world is seeing my dick.
That must be a wonderful feeling!
It’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling.
You’re probably really glad you joined Twitter.
Oh yeah. Really glad. It doesn’t make me feel vulnerable at all.
Finish this sentence: If I ruled the world for a day, I would…
If I ruled the world for a day? [Laughs weirdly] Jesus, my mind’s going so many fucked up places. [Laughs weirdly again]. Oh gosh, I would… Oh my gosh, oh man.
I feel like you’re trying to choose one from all the terrible things you just thought of.
I really am! Every one, I’m like, “Erm, no, nope…” I guess I would…fuck! Shit, this is a really, really good question. I would make everyone… [laughs again]. I really don’t know! Fuck, dude. What would your answer be?
I would hide quietly in the mountains somewhere, where I couldn’t fuck anything up too badly.
I was thinking that! I’d be out on a yacht in the middle of the ocean somewhere, doing jack shit. You know what, I would be out on P Diddy’s yacht, where he would just be performing live for me all day long, just giving me the dopest live concert. And I would just be sitting there, I’d be like, “Aw man, you know what, we need a new song,” and instead of putting in a new song, I would just have P Diddy perform something for me.
If I ever end up asking him that question, I’ll be sure to tell him what you said.
There you go!
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