Jamie Kennedy talks his long career, stand-up, and his latest release, Buddy Hutchins.
JK: I would say Scream because it was one of my firsts, and we all had no idea how big it would become.
TMS:You’ve done a lot of touring doing stand-up. How do your prepare for a live show and how is the process different between that and remembering lines for a movie?
JK: For stand up, I do 6 shows per weekend, so it’s the same act. I just remember by doing it over and over. Lines for a movie, you can usually learn as you go. They usually start filming in wide shots, and by the time they get you in close up you’ve memorized all the lines.
TMS:Do you have a personal preference between doing stand-up comedy and making movies? Or is it just awesome having the flexibility to do both? I can imagine the road must get tiring but can also imagine how awesome it would be to see so many different venues and towns?
JK: I love stand up, I love the idea of creating an hour and putting it on a special and being done with it, and I do love travelling and seeing all the different cities. But I also love a movie because you can make something you’re just a part of that’s much bigger than you.
TMS: What do you want people to know about Buddy Hutchins? And was this a different type of role for you?
JK: I want them to know that it’s a dark comedy and that I dare them to watch it and try not to laugh. Yes, the role as different, but a fun one.
TMS: You’ve done a lot of comedy films. This one is a bit more serious than your usual characters. Is it harder to play serious, tongue in cheek, or straight comic?
JK: It’s harder to be funny. Seriousness is just being still. With comedy you have to do something to elicit a laugh, that’s always harder.
TMS: Buddy Hutchins definitely has a similarities to Falling Down with Michael Douglas, except you get to use a chainsaw. How fun was it making this movie and are there any on set stories you can share with us?
JK: I think the most fun part of making this movie was listening to Sally Kirkland recount some of her sexual encounters in the '70s. I wish I made movies in the '70s. Damn that sounds like a party.
JK: I wake up in the morning sometimes and I think I can’t believe all the different things I’ve been a part of. I’ve been a part of at least 12-15 pop cultural touchstones and I’m still young. The reason I do it is because I don’t know what else to do, it’s what I like to do.
TMS: What’s next for you? Are you going to do more stand-up touring or is it back to the terrible grind making more movies?
JK: Haha, I’m on tour right now and I’m writing my next script.
So stay tuned….
TMS: Where can people see Buddy Hutchins? Should they be prepared for tons of blood? And should we wear protection?
JK: You can get it right now on iTunes, you should watch it, people are really loving it. It’s not as bloody as I though t it was, it’s responsible blood. I prefer raw dog. ….