Watching some of unctuous, boorish, inebriated and otherwise
(James Cameron gets his own category) embarrassing behavior on last night's
Golden Globe broadcast, I remembered that I forgot to post my "Five Most
Awkward Interview Moments from 2009." Partly that was because there weren't
that many: I could only come up three. Am I getting better at it or just losing
Here are the three winners, in chronological order:
1. In a freewheeling four way interview with
Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, the stars of "I Love You, Man," and
the director John Hamburg when the film's underlying homoerotic subtext came a
little too close to the surface:
PK: So this is the bromance genre. Do you buy that?
John Hamburg: I
think, I have no problem with it, but I don't really--we never approached the
movie with it as a bromance genre. In
the original story for this movie was written by a writer named Larry Levin,
like six or seven years ago before there was any talk of this. I think, there's always just been movies
about buddies, you know, Hope and Crosby even.
Paul Rudd: Laurel and
JH: Laurel and
Hardy. Abbott and Costello. I mean, there's always been comedy duos. It just seems that maybe in the last six
months or something, the term has been created, but we never thought about that
term while we were making the movie. We
just said, this'll be great to explore male friendship and really make that the
theme of the movie as opposed to a subtext.
PK: So when does a bromance movie become gay? Is there a dividing line between...
Paul Rudd: [uncomfortable pause] Well, I think we all know
maybe, technically, what the answer might be.
PK: I mean, is it like, kissing but not on the lips? Or... I guess, we'll leave it at that. (nervous laughter).
2. I would have to say that the entire interview with
Sasha Grey for Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience" was
an awkward moment. In part because the high-powered 20-ish porn actress, star
of such films as "Anal Cavity Search VI" and "We Suck!: POV Tag Team Suck-Off"
was conducting the interview with her boyfriend, Ian Cinnamon, across the table
from me. But also because she didn't laugh at any of my jokes. Perhaps for good
reason; here's a sample:
PK: If somebody
had any interest in getting into your business, would you suggest it or...or what
advice would you give them?
Sasha Grey: I would say, don't just do it for the money. It
has to be something you actually want to do for yourself. And, you know, I think,
for a good reason, not just for fun, because the novelty of it will soon fade
away. Because a lot of people, I think, get in the business thinking it's just
fun and forget it is business. You know what I mean? You're not just there for
yourself, you're there for an audience and a consumer that, you know, they're
either going to buy your product or they're not. You know, "Why should we buy
Girl A's movie when we could get Girl B's movie for free on the Internet. But
they look exactly the same and they sound exactly the same."
I enjoyed it when I first started in the business because it
was something fresh and unique to me. But once you do that enough times, what
separates that from just filming your neighbors having sex?
PK:...I've tried that. You end up getting arrested.
SG: [icy silence] For lack of a better way to describe it,
it's like, I don't want to see ugly sex.
3. Unsurprisingly, all of these awkward moments had to do with
sex. But it's not just me, I swear. This sudden revelation by Lars Von Trier in
our discussion of "Antichrist" was
PK: William Dafoe, and I think you've mentioned this in another interview,
is probably the worst therapist in the history of movies. How would you advise
him to treat the Charlotte Gainsbourgh character, and what does he do wrong?
Lars Von Trier: Yeah, first of all, I have been undergoing this
cognitive therapy for three years, and it's I think it's quite typical for me
to be sarcastic. You can say that one of
the main ideas behind any treatment of this also is that a fear is a thought,
and, you know, it doesn't change reality.
You can say in the film it's changed reality. All that was kind of what you could read up
about the film. I wouldn't let him treat
her in any other way than with his dick, he has an enormous dick, but that
maybe I took also...he's extremely well-equipped.
And we had to kind of take the scenes out of the film, we had a stand-in
for him, we had to take the scenes out with his own dick.
PK: Hold on ---You had a stand-in dick? You had to have a stand in dick for Dafoe?
Yes, yes, we had to have, because Will's own was too big.
PK: Too big to fit in the screen?
(laughs) No, too big because everybody got very confused when they saw it.
PK: People would get intimidated.
Especially when he starts-
Especially when he-
PK: When he ejaculates blood, that was uh-
Oh yeah, yeah. That was the double.
PK: It's quite a trick.