Jemaine Clement : NY Post, Kooky Conchord Comes Clean

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Jemaine Clement : NY Post, Kooky Conchord Comes Clean

Postby 4everconchordsfan » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:00 pm

Kooky Conchord comes clean

By SARA STEWART

Last Updated: 5:02 AM, October 30, 2009

Posted: 12:16 AM, October 30, 2009

YOU likely know Jemaine Clement as one half of Flight of the Conchords, the New Zealand musical duo with an HBO show, a new album, "I Told You I Was Freaky," and legions of bespectacled female fans.

In Jared Hess' "Gentleman Broncos," Clement plays cartoonish sci-fi author Ronald Chevalier. On the phone from LA, he chatted with us in a less throaty voice than that of his faux-macho character.

Are you well-versed in the old sci-fi movies this one riffs on?

Yeah -- I can still remember "Krull" really well. And "Logan's Run." I had this really great "Logan's Run" poster, in fact . . . but I got it when I was 21. And I guess "Dune," but that's quite slow for a child.

It is. Have you read the book?

That's quite a big book. I've looked at it and considered it.

Did you base Chevalier's velvety voice on anyone in particular?

Well, Michael York was a reference Jared made. And one science fiction author who was a professor at my college. He had this deep, resonant voice.

What's up with your character's omnipresent Bluetooth?

I like to think he likes the look to be on the edge of technology. That's what I think when I see those guys with Bluetooths. Blueteeth?


Are you a technophile?

I'm a Luddite now. When I was young, I thought I was going to be a computer programmer. I used to spend my spare time writing computer programs in Basic.

Did you have any input into the script? Some of the jokes seem Conchords-esque.

There was some improvising. I've got a similar sense of humor. The first time I came to the States, a friend took me to see [Jared Hess' first film] "Napoleon Dynamite," and when I saw it I was almost in shock. We'd been doing that onstage -- just doing ridiculous things and saying them as if they were serious. Fairly simple, but not a lot of people were doing it then.

Do you find yourself losing your accent when you're here?

Occasionally I hear a little Americanism, especially the way you pronounce your R's. America's the only country where people have said that the New Zealand accent sounds posh or sexy or exotic. Anywhere else, it doesn't. That's why I've been spending a lot of time here.

If I visit New Zealand, can you recommend an activity unrelated to "Lord of the Rings" sightseeing?

I don't know if anything in New Zealand has nothing to do with "Lord of the Rings." Everyone is in it. People do a lot of bungee jumping in New Zealand, and there's no bungee jumping in "Lord of the Rings." But they couldhave, over that huge fiery canyon.
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Re: Jemaine Clement : NY Post, Kooky Conchord Comes Clean

Postby Venus » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:48 pm

Cool, thanks for posting. Haha, I wanted to be a computer programmer when I was younger too! And I love the NZ accent :D
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Postby closet jemainiac » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:55 pm

"that's why Ive been spending a lot of time here"

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Postby mohumbhai mania » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:32 pm

Venus wrote:Cool, thanks for posting. Haha, I wanted to be a computer programmer when I was younger too! And I love the NZ accent :D


Ah, Basic. That brings back memories. Of punch cards. Agh.

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Re: Jemaine Clement : NY Post, Kooky Conchord Comes Clean

Postby LauraK » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:25 pm

Jemaine wrote:People do a lot of bungee jumping in New Zealand, and there's no bungee jumping in "Lord of the Rings." But they couldhave, over that huge fiery canyon.

LOL! Wouldn't that have been a great scene? "I'll save you Gandalf! Here I come!" *SPROINNNNG* :lol:

Another great interview....he's really getting around, eh? :)
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Postby closet jemainiac » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:03 pm

Can you still be a Luddite and check your myspace nearly every day? :hrm:

Maybe just a Luddite in theory and not one that does this :computer:

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Re: Jemaine Clement : NY Post, Kooky Conchord Comes Clean

Postby DaMango » Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:10 pm

Posh, sexy, exotic... yes, yes, and YES! :lol:

He's so charming, it hurts.

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Re: Jemaine Clement : NY Post, Kooky Conchord Comes Clean

Postby DaMango » Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:16 pm

Venus wrote:Cool, thanks for posting. Haha, I wanted to be a computer programmer when I was younger too! And I love the NZ accent :D


I took one computer programming class in college (only because it was a requirement), and we used Basic. I can honestly say, that experience made me appreciate the fact that I was a Music major more than ever before! Kuddos to Jemaine, and the rest of you, who can do both.

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Re: Jemaine Clement : NY Post, Kooky Conchord Comes Clean

Postby DangerMouse » Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:48 pm

I thought I was going to be a computer programmer. I used to spend my spare time writing computer programs in Basic.


:shock: He could have been my peeps .... instead he went to the darkside (aka: theatre :lol: ) Dang it we lost another one :P
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