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PG PORN: HIGH POON Behind-the-Scenes Fun Facts!

Firstly, thanks for supporting PG PORN: HIGH POON over the past couple days.  We’re doing great.  You can still see the episode HERE!

 

MY FAVORITE PG PORN BEHIND-THE-SCENES FUN FACT EVER

The first scene in High Poon was all shot in one very long take.  It started with me complaining about the botched line, through me bitching about Alan’s accent, and ended with me screaming at my friend, Rob Danson, the “guy who looks at the camera.”  What we have in the episode is just a small snippet of me screaming at him.  In reality, I went on for a long time, calling him “an ugly junkie motherfucker”, telling him “this wasn’t a fucking Woody Allen movie”, and ending with me physically pushing him off the seat, telling him I was going to kick his ass and for him to get the hell out.


But here’s the funny part: Both Roxy DeVille and our stills photographer showed up on set a little later, as we were about to shoot this take.  They had no idea I was anything other than the actual director.  From the first time I said, “Cut!” they thought the scene was real, and didn’t know my dialogue was scripted.  They both thought I was the biggest asshole they’d ever seen, who was yelling at one actor about his accent, and then physically abusing an extra.  I didn’t discover this until a couple of hours later, and it was one of the greatest moments of my life!


THE STARS!


BELLADONNA has been in more PG PORN episodes than any other actor besides my brother Sean.  She starred in the unaired Genital Hospital, the two Peanus episodes, and now High Poon.  She’s become a good friend, a talented comedic actress, and delight to work with.

I’ve known ALAN TUDYK for a few years now – we’ve hung out at quite a few barbecues at Nathan Fillion’s house, as well as some Sunday night wine and cheese gatherings at my brother Sean’s.  I’ve always wanted to work with him, both because he’s one of my favorite dudes around, and because he’s an incredibly talented actor.  We’ve planned on working together on a PG PORN almost since the series inception, but things never worked out until a few weeks ago when we shot High Poon.  Because of the sobbing sequence in the short, I don’t think there’s too many actors besides Alan who could have done the episode justice.

 

I’ve also known TED STRYKER for a while, as he was the co-host on the radio show Loveline with Dr. Drew, a show on which I’ve guested a couple times.  I like Stryker a lot, and I never even knew he had a first name until we shot the episode – I thought he was like Cher or Madonna.  Stryker was completely hilarious on set, and the crew (and me) ruined a lot of takes laughing at him.  Although he only had one line in the script, he did a lot of improv.  That will be seen in the fun, very long “director’s cut” that will be available this summer on iTunes.

 

I met ROXY DEVILLE at the AEE show in Vegas this year, and thought she was a complete hoot.  However, I had no plans for her to act in this episode.  She showed up with her boyfriend, Stryker, just to hang out, and I knew I needed to take advantage of it.  So we threw her in some bar ho threads and had her dance in front of a jukebox.  At PG PORN, we don’t let any opportunity pass us by.  It was so much fun working with Roxy, that she will have a bigger role, if everything goes as planned, in the upcoming science fiction PG Porn episode, The Vaginatrix.


AND MORE FUN FACTS


–    This episode was co-directed by longtime PG PORN cinematographer and editor, Pete Alton.  It was a lot of fun working with Pete and the reason the shots look so great at the beginning is 100% due to him.
–    The crotch and crotch-grab featured in the High Poon title shot was actually not Alan Tudyk’s.  While Alan was in makeup, having his Ken Doll appliance applied, we threw my brother Brian in Alan’s pants and had him do it.  This was in part because Brian is slim like Alan, and in part because Brian is famous for having the largest schlong of all the Gunn boys.


–    Brian, who co-created PG  Porn with me and my brother Sean, and also wrote this episode, also plays the script supervisor in this episode – he’s the serious guy with glasses sitting next to me taking notes.  His role will also be bigger in the iTunes extended cut.


–    Far more takes were ruined from laughing on this PG PORN than any other – in fact more takes were ruined than all of the other episodes combined.  Much of this was due to Ted Stryker, who said some hilarious improv lines that made the rest of us bust out, but also because Stryker couldn’t stop laughing at Alan Tudyk’s ridiculous Cookie Monster/Corky from Life Goes On accent. (You can actually see him starting to break in the shots that made it).


–    Although most of the dialogue and events were scripted, a few moments were complete improv.  All of the stuff with Alan’s ridiculous accent and the “rounder vowels” wasn’t in the script, nor was the Corky stuff.  And the backstory with Alan’s child dying of leukemia was always there, but the lines about “chronic lymphoma” and “whatever kind of leukemia kills him the most, that’s the type he has.”  The Christian Bale stuff at the end about smashing the lights was also added on set, as the script was written before Bale’s tantrum occurred.


–    Due to the cost of the bar rental, and the cost of the prosthetic, this was the most expensive episode of PG PORN yet (but still only a few thousand bucks).


–    Because I yelled so much at the crew on this, I started to feel bad.  Essentially, I would just start improv yelling at random crew members, unsure whether they were okay with it or not.  So, at the end, when I’m yelling at the “guy with the goatee”, I’m actually just screaming at a spot on the wall.
–    The Ken Doll genitalia was created by my pal Vincent Guastini, who also did the effects work for Humanzee and Sparky and Mikaela.  Vincent also played the guy who draws the Sharpie penis on the appliance at the end of the short.

–    Working with cats is a pain in the ass.  You can see the cat creeping out behind Alan in the shot before I notice it, but it doesn’t work perfectly, because it kind of just seems like the cat “appears” out of nowhere.

That said, the cat, whose name was May, was a real sweetie. She was being fostered by our electric Melissa and our gaffer Jeremy.  And guess what?  She really needs a home.  Melissa and Jeremy would love to keep her, but she’s a little shy around other cats and their other cats pick on her and beat her up daily.  She’s four years old, she lives in LA, and she likes playing with pipe cleaners and kneading fleece blankets.  And, as I said, not only is she Alan Tudyk and Belladonna’s co-star, she’s an enormously cute and lovable cat.  If you’re interested in adopting her you can email Melissa at [email protected].  Please someone do it!! 



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James

 

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  • Marc

    Alan Tudyk is one of my favorite actors, especially when he’s doing comedy. Once he’s in on the joke he is unstoppable. I’m so glad that you got to work with him.

  • kacidilla

    This was tops, James, just tops. Kudos to you and your PG Porn team…i laughed so very, very much in this…and i assumed that when the “guy who looked into the camera” was missing in the next take, it was because “the director” fired him…or killed him…y’know whatever…

  • Radnor

    Great stuff. I hope you win the lottery and make millions of PG Porn episodes for us to enjoy.

  • Davidts

    I always saw Tudyk as a total innocent! This has both made my day and destoryed my belief system. Excellent episode

  • Caryl – Very smart.

  • thedre438

    Thanks for sharing this. Big fan btw… It’s awesome that my two fave lines in the whole thing (the Corky and the Chronic Lymphoma were improved) Love Alan Tudyk, he did do amazing with the crying too!

  • Jimmy – Maybe Roxy’s given name is Katie!

  • jimmy

    Just for the record, I’m pretty sure Roxy Deville and Stryker aren’t dating. I was an avid Loveline listener (I say was just because it isn’t the same without him) and he often referred to his girlfriend Katie, who even spoke on air once or twice.

  • This episode was really great! There were several parts where I was laughing out loud (not always typical for me) – esp. over the accent after really rounding the vowels! One of my most fave parts! (I could name more!) The up close shot of the cat- she looked terrified! Even though the cat bit “doesn’t work perfectly” – I still love to see cats in your videos, being a cat lover, lol. I wish I could adopt May, or knew of someone who could, but alas I can’t/don’t. Hopefully someone will, from reading this blog!! Definitely one of my top favorites! EVERYONE was great in it!! It sounds like it was a lot of fun to shoot!! Always looking forward to more!!! :)

  • I can’t wait for the extended cut.

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE Alan! My all time favorite comedy is “Death at a Funeral” and I never miss an opportunity to see his stuff. Brilliant actor. Thanks for having him in “High Poon” :) Just. Awesome.

  • I’m glad, that which is defending my honor, is so awesome, as always! lol.

  • I fixed it.

    Npettz – I met Rosenbaum at first in passing at the Without a Paddle premiere. He knew Linda Cardellini and she introduced us. A year or so later we sat on a plan next to each other coming back from Vancouver. We were both horror movie fans and had a similar sense of humor. We became friends then, and just got closer and closer over the years. He’s one of my three or four best friends in the world.

    Other celebrities I met at different places. Most of them I worked with.

  • Anal typo people are North Korean generals firing Tai-Po Dong missiles. Some people call them ‘editors’.

  • LadyFrontbum

    Hehe I’m so anal. Sorry :D

  • Haha, I noticed the “through” thing too but didn’t think I should mention it.

    James – I was always curious as to how you met some of the celebrities you’re friends with, like Michael Rosenbaum?

  • LadyFrontbum

    Awesome read :)
    I hope May finds a home.
    By the way you typed ‘through’ instead of ‘threw’ in the largest Gunn schlong bit. I sound like one of those anal typo people. Sigh.



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