You two mentioned that you had a good cop, bad cop approach to directing. Had anyone from the cast and crew seen the Community episode where the Dean directs a commercial? Was anyone nervous that you might turn into crazy cop?
JR: Maybe. I don’t know. I should have made them watch it before we shot. You know what I think happened there were a couple of times probably where we didn’t confer before. Our actors were doing fantastic stuff. If anything we were trying different takes and approaches to scenes emotionally. Allison in general had a gargantuan amount of dialogue in two particular days and I think Nat ran up faster than I did and was like, ‘that’s fantastic. That’s awesome.’ And I probably came up right after was like, ‘awesome. Let’s do one more.’ Which is not really good cop, bad cop because I was acknowledging what he said and I was just ending it. Or ‘yes, butting’ it. But it was never really meant to be that way. I’ve been told by many people that I have the stink eye. I feel like I get a bad rap sometimes. Dammit, I’m trailing.
The cast has tons of TV talent: Steve Carrell, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb, Rob Corddry, and Amanda Peet. If you had to choose one of their shows to work on, which one would it be?
JR: I’ve never done The Office. That would have been fun. Or West Wing. Or United States Of Tara. West Wing would scare the ba–
NF: I did a West Wing.
JR: You did?
NF: Yes. I forgot about that. I literally had one line, if that. I came in and was an aide. I sort of felt like I had to say it in officious manner. It’s so weird. I was on Mad Men and it was the same thing. I got to get in that mode of this is how people talk on this TV show as oppose to being yourself a little bit more. It was a lot of fun but I just remember being terrified.
Did you practice walking and talking?
JR: That’s what I was going to say. That show would terrify me. I did one walk and talk on a show on TNT called Bull. Those walk and talks terrify me. West Wing – where you have to join a shot at the end and so if you fuck it up, they’re like, ‘you motherfucker. We just walked all the way down the fucking west wing. And you had to say here’s the file and now we have to go to one.’
Jim, what are you’re top three favorite Dean outfits?
JR: Lady Gaga. The ’50s lady we’ll call her. The housewife. Oh and Tina Turner.
Do you people still recognized you for your Reno 911 characters?
JR: Yes, actually yes. I say Beerfest is your number one, right?
NF: Reno had a pretty huge following. I did head shop owner, but I think I’m more remembered as the milkshake guy.
JR: And I get a lot of the Andrew [the Whore-House Guy], certainly the dildo on my head one.
NF: Cause you’re constantly wearing that anyway. That was your dunce cap.
JR: My dunce cap looks like a dildo.
NF: Your director’s cap.
JR: I get unicorns. I just get them.
Jim, you famously recreated Angie’s right leg during your Oscars acceptance speech. If you two had to pick another meme to recreate the next time you accept an award, what would it be?
NF: I think we’d create our own, wouldn’t we? Just show our asses.
NF: Just thrust our butts in the air or something. I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean. Delete that.
JR: I don’t even know how to make a meme.
Well, Angie didn’t. She just kind of did without realizing it.
JR: Oh I see what you’re saying. We don’t have to figure out what the design is. What would we do if we went up there.
NF: Oh alright. Let’s strike that butt one and start over and not say that again.
JR: What would we do?
NF: Maybe form a cool shape with both of our bodies.
JR: We would Wonder Twins it but not even close to their actual powers.
NF: You’d either be an animal and I’d be a bucket of water? I don’t think so.
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