I recently got the chance to grab Dave Sheridan for a quick interview about his role in ‘Horrible Bosses’. Here, Dave talks about how he got involved in the project and about what’s coming up for him in 2011…
Hey Dave. Thanks for taking the time out of your hectic schedule to talk to me. ‘Horrible Bosses’ is currently in UK cinemas as of 22nd July 2011.
What’s the general premise of the film?
‘Horrible Bosses’ is about three guys who hate their lives and their jobs, and decide to take matters into their own hands by murdering each others’ bosses. At the centre of it all is a good-looking bartender who really brings the whole story together.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
Well the Sethmeister—that’s what I call Seth Gordon, the director—basically begged me to take the part. It’s a small role for me, but who’s gonna pass up a chance to get sloppy 45ths on Aniston…
A IMDB user – MHMovieReviews has done a review of ‘Horrible Bosses’ and has said – ‘Finally a great movie idea hasn’t been wasted on a slapdash script, poor directing, and unworthy actors. Instead director Gordon and his screenwriters have contrived a new kind of buddy comedy so ridiculous that everyone can relate to it.’ – would you agree with this statement?
I’d say that person has no clue how movies are really made or how much of the film was improvised, created, and saved by all the actors… Seth basically sat behind the camera and let us do our thing. I have no idea who wrote the film, but I’m sure anything that was lacking was what was originally in the script…
Tell us a bit about your character in the movie…
I play a bartender who really stands tall at the heart of the movie and basically saves these characters from themselves. When you really take a chance on something and delve into a role like I did, you can really connect with the audience. I assume that’s why people went to see the movie. I think people left the theatre thinking, “Man, hopefully they make a sequel that focuses on that bartender. He was amazing”. But I don’t do sequels. I’m an artist.
The film stars the likes of Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Donald Sutherland – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set?
I’m pretty sure they all wanted to have sex with me. Especially Kevin Spacey. But I hope they were able to look past their lust and learn something valuable from my process and apply it to the rest of their careers.
Have you yourself ever had a horrible boss?
I like to think of myself as my own boss. So in that sense, I am a horrible boss.
Let’s talk about you Dave. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?
Two words: Bio. Dome.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to pursue a career in acting?
Quit now, I don’t need anymore talentless fucks getting in my way, it just clogs up the highway… stay in Indiana and shoot your YouTube crap. Seriously though, I would say you really have to take the bull by the horns when you get out to Los Angeles. You can’t just sit around and wait for an opportunity to come. For instance, so many people are hesitant to jump into a gig just because it’s not the “perfect” fit. Like gay porn for example. You have aspiring movie stars who dance and dilly-dally around the gay porn issue, and then end up as fluffers six months later. Just jump right into it!
What has been the most interesting piece of local / national news you’ve heard in the last month?
I Tivo everything and need to definitely catch up… so, I’d have to say Hurricane Katrina.
You had a number of different roles on a number of TV series and films – who has been your favourite actor to work with so far and who has given the best advice to you?
Favorite actor – Clark Duke, dude likes to party and can almost keep up with me… best advice, producer Bob Simonds: don’t try to get a yes, just try to eliminate the no’s.
Of course, people will remember you for your prank show ‘Buzzkill’, shown on MTV in the late 90’s – looking at it a decade on, would you say you practically inspired the likes of ‘Jackass’ and ‘Punked’ which were made a few years later? Are there any plans to bring ‘Buzzkill’ back in movie form?
Yes, we lead the way, but only the smart people know that, and that’s all that really counts… I will not be making a movie… I don’t do sequels, unless you count ‘Devils Rejects’ (which was technically a sequel to a really shitty film).
What was your favourite prank?
Locking a bunch of drunks in the van and robbing a convenience store.
What’s coming up for you in 2011? I hear you’re currently filming two projects…
Yes, I’m shooting ‘White Space’, it’s a kick ass epic space horror film with aliens, pirates, serial killers, sex, etc… look for it on Netflix in the ‘Also Like Home Alone 4’ section. Now fuck off, I’m trying to snort meth.
Thanks for the interview!