Tonight on the /Filmcast, we are stoked to be joined by Paul Scheer from MTV’s Human Giant, VH1’s Best Week Ever and the 2009 summer comedy Year One. Tune in live, 10 p.m. EST!!!
Welcome to another edition of the Slashfilm Playlist. This is where we ask writers, directors and stars we dig about their favorite movies and taste in film. This week we have comedian and actor Paul Scheer, whose work on the hit MTV sketch comedy show, Human Giant, is embedded in genre movie culture. Whether he’s sending up Superman 2‘s General Zod with his cast-mates, Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel, as the omnipotent idiots the “Space Lords,”or playing an actor whose dedication to playing a Worf-knockoff culminates in a permanent (and totally effed) surgical procedure, Scheer makes us do spit-takes. This Playlist proved to be suitably epic.
/Film: Hi Paul. So, why are you nervous about appearing on the /Filmcast?
Paul Scheer: Since Slashfilm’s podcasts are getting so popular on iTunes, Terry Gross from NPR is getting worried you might usurp her throne for most downloads. I heard a rumor that she’s personally executing anyone who appears on the show…I heard Stephen Toblowsky narrowly escaped her death grip, so I’m afraid for my life.
/Film: As soon as we’re finished here, I’ll alert Peter Chen. Both seasons of Human Giant make lemonade out of September 11th, with your huge box office failure, Lil’ 9/11, and the proposed TV series Osama bin Diesel. What is your fave 9/11 movie that does or does not star Nicolas Cage…
Paul: My favorite September 11th film has to be High School Musical, which takes the focus off the events and acts more as an allegory of that day. Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) is clearly Osama bin Laden, and her attempts to take over the “musical” clearly parallel Al Qaeda’s attacks on America. Tisdale’s fights with Zac Efron (George W. Bush) and Vanessa Hudgens (Mayor Giuliani) teach us an important lesson. No matter what happens to the musical (America), the show must go on. It did and so do we. Thank you Disney Channel for painting a clear and succinct tribute to that day.
/Film: So clear. Among your TV show’s many superlatives is its insurmountable kid death toll. I counted 108 murdered kids in one “Kidtentiary” skit alone. Modern films like Tropic Thunder tend to cop out. Human Giant also has a soft spot for kid villains, including Gage from Pet Semetary. Mr. Paul Scheer, you’re the coach. Who do you draft for your Kid Villain All-Star Team?
Paul: Here’s my team. Michael Oliver from Problem Child. He’s like an evil version of Sam from Different Strokes; Vicki the Robot from Small Wonder (Tiffany Brissette). Although she’s technically good, she’s one malfunction away from being a T-1000; The Grady Daughters from The Shining. Pure Double Trouble. Plus, they are snazzy dressers; Haley Joel Osment in anything, he creeps me out. He’s too in touch with otherworldly phenomena.
Of course, the team’s leader would be the baddest of the bad. Technically he’s not a kid, but he loves teaching kids to be bad: enter Cobra Kai Sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove) from The Karate Kid.
/Film: Nice draft picks. At this very moment, what are your three favorite films of all time? And what movie have you watched more than any other?
Paul: This is always a tough question, but I’m basing my list solely on pure enjoyment and re-watchability. So, basically these are the movies that if they came on TV, I’d stop and watch them no matter what: Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. My alternates: Die Hard, Point Break, Goonies, Bad Boys 2, Magnolia, The Jerk and Cool Hand Luke. The movie I’ve probably watched the most…it’s a tie between The Empire Strikes Back and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. The latter is just because my parents had HBO and I think they played Remo Williams every day after school for about two years. Sadly, Remo Williams’s adventure began and ended all in one film.
More Playlist after the jump, including Paul’s popcorn-and-M&M’s recipe and Bruce Willis’s sex scenes in Color of Night.