Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby mockingbird » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:20 pm

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I was watching this video again (so glad you recorded these :D ) and was just wondering how I missed him saying that during a writing experiment that morning, he was sitting at his word processor semi nude? That bit was during one of my favorite parts where he was saying "Then I closed my eyes one at a time" and then watching him actually close his eyes one at a time and act out typing. :lol:


That was funny. I was actually proud of everyone for not making lecherous hooting noises when he said that, lol. ;)

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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby Faith » Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:07 pm

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I was watching this video again (so glad you recorded these :D ) and was just wondering how I missed him saying that during a writing experiment that morning, he was sitting at his word processor semi nude? That bit was during one of my favorite parts where he was saying "Then I closed my eyes one at a time" and then watching him actually close his eyes one at a time and act out typing. :lol:


That was funny. I was actually proud of everyone for not making lecherous hooting noises when he said that, lol. ;)



Don't think I didn't think about it. ;) But it's a lot harder to do when he's standing two feet in front of you. :lol:

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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby SheWolf » Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:14 pm

Right. When he's in front of you you realize that he's a person and deserves to be treated like a person. :wink:
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Postby Faith » Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:25 pm

Yes, a very sweet and nice person that I could never do that too, however much I thought about it.

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Postby bakergirl30 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:30 pm

Faith wrote:Yes, a very sweet and nice person that I could never do that too, however much I thought about it.



DITTO that! And boy when he looks at you ... :shock: That look can be intinse! :thud:


edit: I would also like to say that I do not care if you all use my real name or my user name. Thank you :wink:
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Postby kellysouthpaw » Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:42 pm

bakergirl30 wrote:
Faith wrote:Yes, a very sweet and nice person that I could never do that too, however much I thought about it.



DITTO that! And boy when he looks at you ... :shock: That look can be intinse! :thud:


edit: I would also like to say that I do not care if you all use my real name or my user name. Thank you :wink:


He DOES have a rather intense stare...it hit me like a ton of bricks - I caught my breath every time we locked eyes. It was an...interesting experience :drool: But on the same thought - I had no idea what to do with myself, do I smile at him? Nod? Make a funny face? Wave? :dunno:

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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby bakergirl30 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:57 pm

kellysouthpaw wrote:
bakergirl30 wrote:
Faith wrote:Yes, a very sweet and nice person that I could never do that too, however much I thought about it.



DITTO that! And boy when he looks at you ... :shock: That look can be intinse! :thud:


edit: I would also like to say that I do not care if you all use my real name or my user name. Thank you :wink:


He DOES have a rather intense stare...it hit me like a ton of bricks - I caught my breath every time we locked eyes. It was an...interesting experience :drool: But on the same thought - I had no idea what to do with myself, do I smile at him? Nod? Make a funny face? Wave? :dunno:


:nod: I completely agree! I didn't know what to do either! It was just a viry surreal experience that's for sure, It flustered me. :blush:
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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby Venus » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:31 pm

Not sure whether this should have its own topic but anyway:

Fantastic Fest Interview: Jemaine Clement from 'Gentlemen Broncos'
by Kevin Kelly Sep 28th 2009 // 1:15PM

Jemaine Clement is probably best known to people as half of Flight of the Conchords, the "4th most popular digi-folk paradists in New Zealand." They founded the group back in 1998, but came to worldwide fame recently when it was turned into an HBO television series. Or, if you're an indie film buff, you might have seen him in Eagle vs. Shark from Sundance back in 2007. Or barring that, maybe you're a couch television surfer and caught him in his series of Outback Steakhouse commercials.

He'll be seen again in Jared Hess' followup to Nacho Libre and Napoleon Dynamite, Gentlemen Broncos. In it, he plays the pretentious and self-centered science fiction writer Dr. Ronald Chevalier, and honestly, he's the best thing about the movie. If they make a feature-length documentary following Chevalier on a book tour around the nation for as a DVD extra, I'll buy it. You can catch some of his magic online, where he's done a series of viral videos in character as Chevalier, and they are hilarious.

We caught up with Clement after Gentlemen Broncos screened at Fantastic Fest, and you can read the full interview beyond the break.

Cinematical: So besides appearing in Gentlemen Broncos, which we will talk about, what does your typical day consist of? Are you doing music stuff, other roles? Are you composing?

Jemaine Clement: I have just been having a break for about ... well, I went and did a movie in New Zealand with a friend of mine from there.

Not the Eagle vs. Shark director?

No, no. A different friend. He started off making films more like the film within the film in the Gentlemen Broncos, like on video camera and stuff like that. But how he has got his first funded feature, so I helped him out on it. But I have been having a break. The wireless on my computer broke. I don't have a cell phone. I have been in Greece and I have just been hanging out. No one can find me.

That is literally a break, especially in this day and age. I am surprised a story hasn't broken, "Jemaine Clement Missing. Unable to be contacted."

I send the odd one off, but you could probably just have an automated response and no one would know.

Are you living in New Zealand these days? Do you live in LA? Do you live in New York?

Well, I am about to go back to New Zealand.

When you say film world and New Zealand, most people just think, "Oh, Lord of the Rings" as the first thing that comes to their mind. What is that scene like for people that don't know about it in New Zealand, the film scene and entertainment scene?

Well mostly it is government funded. And it's low budget, because you can't have too much money from the taxpayers. When Peter Jackson started, people were sort of outraged that tax payer money was going to make zombie films. But then he proved them...he is one of the biggest income earners and taxpayers in the country. So he paid it all back. Yeah, that is all funny ... the earnest movies about a childhood rite of passage, or it will be a zombie movie, the last one involving zombified sheep.

There is no zombie rite of passage movie? They haven't just combined the two into one film?

[laughter] That is a shoe in for funding, that one.

Did you hear about this weird sandstorm that they had in Sydney just recently?

Yeah. I have been looking at the photos. It is bizarre. It looks like Frank Herbert's Dune.

It does.

It is bizarre. Some of it has just started landing in New Zealand.

Wow. That is bizarre. Well in-line with Dune, tell us about Dr. Chevalier. He has got a bizarre accent. He dresses strange. He is extremely pretentious and self-centered.

If you go and look at a few photos of a few authors, they dress a lot alike sometimes.

Turtlenecks and sport coats.

Yeah. I guess it is dated, his dress sense. But when we were filming the bookstore scene, there was a photo of Jon Krakauer up on the wall. And Jared went, "Dude, you look just like Krakauer!" It was a picture of Jon Krakauer in his leather jacket and mock turtleneck going ... but I like Jon Krakauer. It is not based on him. It was just coincidentally he has got the same beard and the same goofy hair.

Well nobody has really talked about the cheesy author photo and you guys kind of cracked that wide open.

Yeah. For some reason, the male authors often look hyper-manly.

Even Dan Brown who is very pasty and white, he tries to tough it up a little bit.

Yeah. It is like, "I am not a nerd. I am a tough guy. I am on my ranch."

How did the voice evolve? Did you work on that with Jared? Did you kind of already have this voice that you just kind of have this ...

[laughs] In my store? Well, I know one science fiction author, he was a lecturer of mine. He speaks like ... quite gentle, but he has got that funny English, very resonant voice. It sort of vibrates the room, and I was trying to sort of get some of that, I guess, texture. And also, I think an early hero of Jared's was Michael York. And I suspected he might have wanted that.

There was a little Michael York in there.

I suspected he might have written it for Michael York.

And then he comes to you.

"Can you do Michael York?"

Are you the second rate Michael York?

I mean I would be pleased to take on that title.

Yeah. He was in Logan's Run, so there is a sci-fi tie-in right there.

I loved Logan's Run. I still love it. I watched it before we made this and I still think it holds up really well.

I think this is going to make people seek out sci-fi authors on maybe Youtube or whatever, like Ben Bova or Larry Niven, those people who write billions of novels, it seems like, every year.

Yeah. I don't know how they do it. They often don't speak like that. But the one that I happened to know, he speaks kind of like that a little.

What is ironic is he is kind of this pretentious guy, but you still like him. And even at the end he is pleading leniency at the book signing. Did you think he was going to be totally reprehensible or did you want people to kind of feel for him in a way?

Yeah, that is a good question. I guess I didn't really think about that.

Yeah, because he is likeable. You like his strangeness. He is a renaissance man. He composes.

Yeah. I think his real passion now is painting.

Well those paintings were pretty good that he was doing.

He developed a lot from when he was a teenager. I feel like he writes books just so he gets to do the artwork, because fantasy art, it doesn't exist on its own so well. You don't see it just glowing glorious.

Like in mass market paperbacks.

That's right, or in compilation books.

So, originally you were going for a smaller role.

Yeah. There was like an American character. I remember him having maybe a baseball cap. And he was doing the suffix part, the workshop. I wanted to do that role because it was less pressure and it was a really funny scene. But finally, I just thought I really liked Jared's movies, so I should just trust him and say, "Whatever you want me to do I will do it." And that is what I said. And he took that as meaning, "That means you are doing Chevalier." And I am glad I did because it was really fun.

You really seemed to have embraced Ronald.

Yeah. I really liked playing him.

You have the viral videos. You are doing the book signing.

Oh they make me do that stuff man. [laughs]

You are contractually obligated, enslaved in a way?

I actually tried to get out of the book reading today. I said I wouldn't do it. And then I saw it was advertised. But you know, it could be fun. It is good to take on a challenge anyway, like with this part. I didn't really want to do this part. But it ended up being so much fun. I am not naturally a courageous person, I guess, so it is good to ... you know, like anyone else, my fear is public speaking, just like most people. And that is why I got into acting, like as a way of...I was so shy like a lot of actors, and that is why I started doing it, to have an outlet. The side that comes after that is then all these people want to talk to you and you have to do these things, and I don't feel natural in it.

What are we going to see Jemaine Clement in next? I mean we are bummed to hear Conchords may not be coming back. It is such a cult hit on HBO. You said you guys have an album coming out.

Yeah, of songs from the series.

OK. And you mentioned your movie.

Oh, The Predicament. That is the one I did in New Zealand.

So what is on the horizon?

I am going to be writing this project I have been working on with the director of Eagle vs. Shark. We have already made a short version several years ago, so we are going to develop that into a feature.

You took the Napoleon Dynamite route.

Yeah. Well we made the short to get funding. But we haven't had time to make it. Unfortunately it is about vampires, and the last five years since we have made it everything is about vampires. Yeah, it is embarrassing to say that it is about vampires.

You can't just do a find and replace for Frankenstein or something now?

Not for this.

Well you also may strike while the iron is hot. Vampires are white hot right now.

Well it takes a year or two to make a movie.

Plus you don't want to reach the saturation vampire point.

Yeah, so then we will have to wait another eight years, which is fine. It may take that long.


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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby LauraK » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:44 pm

:D Thanks for posting that, Venus! It's so funny, I was telling Tom and my Mom yesterday about how he holds his thumbs and seems a bit nervous and were talking about how a lot of actors get into the profession to help deal with those very fears. 8)

He's so self-effacing. :hug:

Oooo, I'm so glad they're doing the long version of What We Do in the Shadows! "Unfortunately it is about vampires..." lol!
Wonder if they'll put the short on the DVD.......:)
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Postby bakergirl30 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:46 pm

You are contractually obligated, enslaved in a way?

I actually tried to get out of the book reading today. I said I wouldn't do it. And then I saw it was advertised. But you know, it could be fun. It is good to take on a challenge anyway, like with this part. I didn't really want to do this part. But it ended up being so much fun. I am not naturally a courageous person, I guess, so it is good to ... you know, like anyone else, my fear is public speaking, just like most people. And that is why I got into acting, like as a way of...I was so shy like a lot of actors, and that is why I started doing it, to have an outlet. The side that comes after that is then all these people want to talk to you and you have to do these things, and I don't feel natural in it.



I am SO glad he didn't get out of it!

Thanks for posting that Venus!
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Postby LauraK » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:56 pm

That's what makes him even more special...he doesn't feel natural or comfortable talking with strangers and he doesn't have to do meet and greets....yet he does. {{{Jemaine}}}

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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby mockingbird » Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:05 pm

It's amazing to me how he can be so good at it, while feeling uncomfortable at the same time. Like, he's so affable and charming and gracious at the meet and greets. You'd never know he doesn't feel 100% at home doing it. And the Book People event... I would find that SO DIFFICULT because when I get nervous, I don't think so good. ;) It's happened to me before. If I feel put on the spot, my brain says "See ya mockingbird, good luck with this one, let me know how it turns out," hee hee. I'm always so impressed with Jemaine's ability to improvise and think on his feet. How does he do that if he's feeling nervous about speaking in front of people? Maybe he channels his anxiety in a different way than I do. He must, I guess.

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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby DaMango » Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:24 pm

What a great interview, thank you for posting! Each new interview is better than the last. I'm really enjoying his solo interviews, because we get an interesting mix of his intelligence, dry humor, and even some straightforward answers. When he and Bret do interviews together, Jemaine usually doesn't say much, or they feed off of eachother and give a long string of silly answers. Jemaine's honesty is sometimes surprising, but also refreshing.

I'm so glad that Jemaine was able to "disconnect" from the rest of the world, and relax. I'm also glad that he put his fear aside and went through with the reading, because it was one of the most hilarious and memorable Jem moments of all time! (In my opinion, anyway. :wink: ) He's such a beautiful person, inside and out.

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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby Faith » Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:37 pm

He's quick. He did make a few mistakes during the reading, which I had thought maybe it was from nerves and now I guess I was right. But if he screws up, he just makes a joke out of it and then moves on. It's impressive, I could never do that. I would have been nervous too, there were a ton of people there and all of them had a camera in his face, myself included. I'm glad he decided to do it, even though he didn't want to.

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Re: Jemaine at Fantastic Fest 2009

Postby funny schipperke » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:36 pm

bakergirl30 wrote:
kellysouthpaw wrote:
bakergirl30 wrote:
DITTO that! And boy when he looks at you ... :shock: That look can be intinse! :thud:


edit: I would also like to say that I do not care if you all use my real name or my user name. Thank you :wink:


He DOES have a rather intense stare...it hit me like a ton of bricks - I caught my breath every time we locked eyes. It was an...interesting experience :drool: But on the same thought - I had no idea what to do with myself, do I smile at him? Nod? Make a funny face? Wave? :dunno:


:nod: I completely agree! I didn't know what to do either! It was just a viry surreal experience that's for sure, It flustered me. :blush:

Ditto everything!
Bakergirl and I were in the front row at the premier and during the q&a he would look right at us! :shock: I didn't know if I should lock eyes with him, look away, smile,.... I ended up just breaking into giggle fits. :oops:
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