Buzzine interview - Jemaine

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Buzzine interview - Jemaine

Postby Amanda » Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:34 am

Jemaine Clement Interview
The Pompous Villian of 'Gentlemen Broncos'
Parimal M. Rohit

Pompous – not exactly a trait Jemaine Clement was aiming for when he tossed aside his Aussie accent and instead replaced it with the vocal chords of a Brit. Sure, his character in Gentlemen Broncos may not have been the most likable of guys, yet, in playing a fictional critically acclaimed science-fiction author named Chevalier, all Clement could hear from anyone who watched the film was that his character was “pompous.”

“I keep hearing pompous,” Clement jokingly told Buzzine in an exclusive interview. “I don’t think I wanted to go for pompous exactly. He’s a little vain, and the English accent can lend itself to pomposity.”

Still, such is the price to pay for the role he accepted – a once-successful author who finds himself down on his luck, struggling to do anything meaningful with a career that apparently peaked too early.

“My job is to pick on teenagers,” the Flight of the Concords star said in describing his role in Gentlemen Broncos. “I like play off-beat characters, and I’ve often been unlikeable on purpose…sometimes.”

Of course, Clement did not have to try too hard to be purposefully “unlikeable,” especially when his role called for talking down on aspiring teenage writers and plagiarizing some of their work. But still, while Clement does not entirely think Chevalier is pompous, the New Zealander instead just described his villainous character as “desperate.”

“He’s not a bad guy,” the 35-year-old comedian, musician and actor added about his unique character. “I think, in a lot of movies, the bad guy…you don’t know why they are bad. But Chevalier, he’s not bad; he’s just desperate.”

In developing his character, Clement had very little to go on, especially since he barely interacted with the cast. Most of his time was spent either alone or dealing with large audiences, as opposed to having genuine dialogue with the film’s leading stars, which included Michael Angarano.

Relying on a cleverly written script, Clement mostly relied upon himself to develop the unique mannerism of Chevalier, ultimately making him an over-the-top villain who meant well but just struggled.

“I almost didn’t work with the cast because my scenes are either by myself or talking to large groups of people,” he said. “I had to feed off myself.”

Beyond his character, Clement observes that what makes Gentlemen Broncos work is not the fact that it’s just another movie in the cloth of Napoleon Dynamite (as the film is directed by Jared and Jeshua Hess). Instead, the film, with another unique view of the world, is more about making certain observations of people instead of actually defining them. In particular, Clement said the film, while a comedy, it is not about poking fun of the culture of science-fiction or those who are trying to escape reality.

Ultimately, the New Zealander believes Gentlemen Broncos is less commentary and more observation.

“It’s not a sci-fi movie; it’s about sci-fi,” Clement candidly said. “It’s not an escapist movie; it’s about escapism of these characters.”

As for Clement and his post-Gentlemen Broncos career, he is not searching for an escape route. All he wants to do is just enjoy life in the moment, live day-to-day and make the best of his budding career as an entertainer.

“I always plan short-term. I am not the Tom Cruise type with a master plan. I enjoy acting,” Clement harped. “If something is fun and easy, I’ll do it.”

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Aussie accent? :tsk:

interviewer wrote:Of course, Clement did not have to try too hard to be purposefully “unlikeable”.
:o WHOT! :thump:

Jemaine wrote:“If something is fun and easy, I’ll do it.”
:eyelashes: I'm fun and easy... :whistle:
But if you did I'd hold you tight / Into every single night
And we'd fall asleep together / And we'd wake up in the sunlight
Well, maybe I'm a dreamer / But maybe one day you'll see / That dreams are...

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Re: Buzzine interview - Jemaine

Postby closet jemainiac » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:30 am

:lol:

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Re: Buzzine interview - Jemaine

Postby Peaches » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:36 am

That writer is bad!

Bloody Aussie accent...pfft! That's like saying the South African accent sounds New Zealander!

Jemaine's not unlikeable! :evil:
"Item 4 on the agenda: Stuff you!"

"Who else? Mur.. Ray... Oh. Greg's written this, he's put the R's too far apart. It's Murray.. Murray present"


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Re: Buzzine interview - Jemaine

Postby onefeathertail » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:42 am

That last side-comment almost killed me. :roll2:

But yeah, it's been made blatantly obvious that yes, the New Zealand accent is similar to the Australian accent but it's not that similar. I can sort of understand why some people who aren't terribly familiar with either country could mistake it, but he follows on to say "the New Zealander". Yeah, the New Zealander with an Aussie accent.

I think everyone just needs to face the fact that it's a hybrid, un-evil, some might say more correct version of our accent that is totally distinguishable and has its own identity. :lol:

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Re: Buzzine interview - Jemaine

Postby mockingbird » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:46 am

I *think* the author may have meant that Jemaine's character is inherently unlikeable because of his scuzzy behavior so it's no big stretch to make him out that way. :dunno: But there's no denying this is a poorly written article. Aussie accent?
(as the film is directed by Jared and Jeshua Hess)

Jeshua Hess. I'm surprised he didn't call JC "Jermaine".
“I always plan short-term. I am not the Tom Cruise type with a master plan. I enjoy acting,” Clement harped.

Harped? :hrm:
Amanda wrote:
Jemaine wrote:“If something is fun and easy, I’ll do it.”
:eyelashes: I'm fun and easy... :whistle:

:lol:

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Re: Buzzine interview - Jemaine

Postby DaMango » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:50 am

While the interviewer leaves much to be desired (MUCH), I thoroughly enjoyed Jemaine's half of the conversation. I kinda, sorta, (desperately) want to hear him say "pomposity". :lol:

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Re: Buzzine interview - Jemaine

Postby Peaches » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:02 am

Bloody Jermaine* harping on in his Australian accent!



*Yes I obviously deliberately mispelt Jemaine here...
"Item 4 on the agenda: Stuff you!"

"Who else? Mur.. Ray... Oh. Greg's written this, he's put the R's too far apart. It's Murray.. Murray present"


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