Interviews: Jamie Kennedy, Stand Up Comic and Star of Buddy Hutchins

Jamie Kennedy talks his long career, stand-up, and his latest release, Buddy Hutchins.

TMS: Dude! You’ve been doing comedy and movies for years now. Out of all the movies you’ve done, which would you say was your best experience and why?

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.
TMS: Looking over your resume, you’ve been in various types of movies and have actually had the fortune of consistent work since an uncredited role in Dead Poets Society back in 1989. What keeps you going? Do you ever wake up in the morning and say “Holy hell. I’m still doing this”? That has to be an amazing feeling. 
      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. ….