I'll be upfront with you: I'm biased. I love The Lonely Island, and I've been a huge fan of theirs since their early days creating bizarre, dry, hilarious YouTube videos in the early 2000s — starting with "Just 2 Guyz." So, yes, naturally I'm going to want to write that you should a) definitely go watch Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping this weekend (if not for them, then for the 1,297 celebrity cameos in the film) and b) watch Hot Rod on Netflix if you haven't already.
OK, now that that's out of the way, let's get to the interview we had with the genius minds that make up The Lonely Island: Jorma Taccone, Akiva Shaffer and Andy Samberg. Not only do they discuss meeting Ringo (yes, the Ringo from the Beatles), but they even weigh in on the Live! with Kelly hot topic: Who will be the next co-host? Their answers and more (including Akiva Schaffer referring to himself in the third person) below.
Jorma Taccone: Oh my God, you're right. I mean who's to say they're gonna stay… how long ago was that? Three years ago they were looking for their soul mates?
It was 2013 that we made "We Need Love." I mean, partly because those guys were players. It's definitely, like, they can't be tied down. You know what I mean? They're still on the prowl.
Taccone: Yeah, yeah, but truly they have each other, which is all that matters.
Taccone: Poor Steve will never get their approval.
Taccone: Steve's a villain. Steve could be the hero. He's got a nice girlfriend. He wore a sports coat in the last one. He seems very comfortable in his own skin; he's well adjusted. He's into his Chinese yo-yo, he knows who he is. Yeah, his Jell-O sticks. These guys over there, they're really trying something they're not achieving. He's not the worst kind of guy; he's got a long board.
Taccone: I think long overdue. There's been so many of these pop documentaries that came out in the last 10 years. We watched so many of them that kind of felt like it was a new genre of documentary, so I think it's right for the pooning.
Andy Samberg: Lampooning.
Taccone: Right, lampooning.
Taccone: He had one on the back of his neck that said "Incredible thoughts," right? And there was an arrow to his brain. I think we changed it, it said something about thoughts, though, something about that he was a genius and forget what but it's just pointing to his brain. He had one on his arm that was a play on the beginning of his name, so it was like, "All these words that start with c-o-n like 'confident,' 'controversial' and 'con-form parentheses don't.'" It was just like something from Memento — Memento-style.
Samberg: On my back, I had a huge one that was like an eagle holding two microphones in its claws with my head on it and a crown.
Taccone: That one was pretty dope.
Samberg: It was pretty dope, but also the worst.
Taccone: Did we touch it? We did not touch.
Samberg: I'm sure we could if we asked.
Akiva Schaffer: Whenever I'm giving one of my famous back rubs…
Taccone: Akiva's famous for his back rubs.
Schaffer: I give full-service director operation. Akiva's really a giver.
Taccone: Oh my God, these are great choices. Does Seal want to do that? He has a huge music career.
Taccone: You don't know, I don't know. I want to go with Seal, though. I want to go with Seal because he's in our movie and I want everyone to just talk about our movie.
Samberg: Well I have a job on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so I couldn't do it schedule-wise, but I love Kelly Ripa. I always have fun when I go on there.
Taccone: The one we were saying that was kind of cool to get was Ringo Starr. That was just cool, to have a Beatle on set. I don't know if I would say nervous necessarily. He was very nice, but it was intimidating, he was a Beatle.
Taccone: Yeah, Ringo Starr punched Akiva in the face. Um, no everyone was really nice and well-behaved so we don't have great anecdotes, but it was a pleasant time. They knew what they were getting into. They've seen our videos.
Taccone: I think it makes us feel angry! No, still love it, psyched that a lot of people found the movie. I think they found it, also it was on Netflix, so we feel like a lot of people are still discovering it, which is nice after all those years.
Taccone: I certainly hope so. I would say, just to follow up on your previous question, we assumed there's going to be a Criterion collection for the 10-year anniversary, just putting that out. There will probably be, like, a double-disk thing with extra scenes and stuff like that. Criterion has not reached out to us, not at all. We're just assuming they have it in the works and that they'll surprise us, maybe on my birthday. We can't wait for Akiva's birthday when Criterion approaches us about that.
Samberg: I mean, we mostly just want them to laugh, feel good about themselves… and friendship rules the day.
Taccone: Oh, you know it. If you're stalking us on Snapchat, we go pretty hard with the dance moves.
Taccone: Just that we love everybody, and we want everybody to be happy.
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