Jemaine Clement on Why Flight of the Conchords Might End, and What Might Be Next
Earlier this week, Jemaine Clement broke the news that his folk-comedy duo, Flight of the Conchords, â€œvery likely might notâ€ return as a series. He and his elfin collaborator, Bret McKenzie, will make their final decision within the next month. Whatâ€™s at stake? Family commitments, as it turns out. â€œBret and I are both fathers,â€ Clement told us during an interview to promote his (troubled) new film Gentlemen Broncos. â€œWe know if we take on another season, that means weâ€™re not gonna see our family for a year.â€ Even if he dragged his wife and 1-year-old son, Sophocles (Soph, for short), from New Zealand to New York, where the show is shot, he says heâ€™d still be working every single day.
If Clement does retire, hopefully weâ€™ll see more of him on the big screen. (He is, after all, the best part of the flailing Jared Hess film.) â€œFilms actually don't take a lot of time, but TV shows are so fast-paced. Even though they're both acting, they're almost totally different jobs,â€ he says. â€œPeople think actors wanna move to film because itâ€™s high profile, and I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s the reason. I think itâ€™s simply that they have more free time.â€