Jun 09, 2010 11:48 PM EST
FlickDirect Interviews Craig Moss, Director of "The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It"
FlickDirect recently had a chance to interview Craig Moss, the director of "The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It"
Marco Chacon So, obviously this is a genre piece that lampoons all these different movies. Why should someone go see this? What are you going to tell people who haven't heard of it?
Craig Moss: People should go see it because it is funny, Marco. This is a parody: we're taking already funny films and being funnier, zanier, and spoofing them. Whether you have seen those movies or not, there are some good laughs to be had.
If that is not enough --
Marco Chacon It is probably not targeted at them anyway.
Craig Moss: Right...Correct.
Marco Chacon What was the biggest challenge? Wait -- no, I have a real question. What did you call this thing on the set when you were making it? You clearly did not go around calling it "The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It".
Craig Moss: We had a much longer title. It was more of a paragraph; we cut it down to what it is now, believe it or not. But on the set, it was called Slumdog Virgin, believe it or not. The parody we do - there is a couple of others in there like Slumdog Millionaire or not, believe it or not. It is fun to say it too.
Marco Chacon: What was the part of this that got you the most excited? What was the most attractive part of this for you?
Craig Moss: You get the idea of trying to spoof this genre and brand and take these set pieces and through-lines and characters because there is some great stuff in all these films. They are hysterical movies, and we wanted to pull bits out of it and make fun of them. Creating a feature of that was a lot of fun.
Marco Chacon Was there anything you had to discard because it went too far?
Craig Moss: We had some budgetary concerns, but for the most part, we were able to fulfill all the crazy visions we had for it.
Marco Chacon So you didn't have to cut it down from an NC-17?
Craig Moss: No -- we did, actually. We didn't get their approval! We didn't have to entirely cut things out, but we had to --
Marco Chacon Soften it.
Craig Moss: We like to call it a circumcision, if you will.
Marco Chacon When does the movie hit theaters, or -- when does it -- :: PANICS :: Wow, I put my foot in my mouth.
Craig Moss: We like to say "Dropping". As in "When is it dropping"? Like in the music business. It is coming out tomorrow, and we are very excited about that.
Marco Chacon Can I ask you a couple of questions about some other projects?
Craig Moss: Go ahead.
Marco Chacon I understand you worked on the Porky's script for Howard Stern?
Craig Moss: Yeah. That was something I did a re-write on the script a while back. I do not know what exactly is going on with it. I did a re-write, and I was on my merry way.
Marco Chacon Did you ever meet Howard?
Craig Moss: (Chuckles) No.
Marco Chacon Okay. I see you also have a project "Fully Mooned" coming out making fun of the Twilight property.
Craig Moss: Yes! My wife is a big fan of the Twilight novels, and I thought, "I have to make fun of this!"
Marco Chacon My wife sort of likes them too. I am looking forward to this.
Craig Moss: I know...I know. Although the movies have done so well, it is ripe for parody. We are shooting that this summer to get it out as soon as possible.
Marco Chacon Keep us updated. It is ripe for parody, and you have the resume to handle it.
Craig Moss: Thanks.
Marco Chacon So, back to Virgin, should my mother see this film?
Craig Moss: Absolutely!
Marco Chacon Absolutely? You're going to get me in trouble!
Craig Moss: No--absolutely. Look, my mother saw it, and she is really conservative; she thought it was brilliant.
Marco Chacon Okay.
Craig Moss: And let me say this to you: unlike other mothers, my mother is not biased. She hates me.
Marco Chacon So maybe she is biased against you.
Craig Moss: Exactly.
Marco Chacon Is there any story you can give us from the set that is really outrageous? Something that's not in the film? Any cool stories?
Craig Moss: Well, we had a ton of props and gags. Penises, semen, things of that nature, and so...we had a lot of that stuff just floating around. We had people trying to have fun with those things (laughs). In all seriousness, people had to put that stuff down. We did have someone that had trouble letting go of a fake penis, but I am not going to mention any names...it was a little disturbing (laughs). But we got her focused.
Marco Chacon Do you think there will be a sequel to this?
Craig Moss: Absolutely. The 41-year-old is going to be 42. We will have to document that.
Marco Chacon I have a question: I haven't seen the movie, but I am thinking it is not like Scream. Scream wasn't exactly parodying the horror genre; it was more of a...deconstruction of it. I am assuming 41-year-old-Virgin is more kinetic and in-your-face.
Craig Moss: (deadpan) It is very subtle. We went crazy on a lot of stuff, but we do try to have a lot of different styles of parody and try to have the different components. You don't have to love parodies to see those films. You don't even have to love the basic films. It will be funny even if you haven't...
Marco Chacon Your mother hasn't seen all those movies.
Craig Moss: Exactly!
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