Ron Jeremy recently shot his first PG-13 movie, a short film spoof of American Hustle called British Hustle (watch it at www.BritishHustle.com), which won two trophies at parody awards The Toscars, spawned a soundtrack album and a hit music video for its lead off single, Get Down (search British Hustle Ron Jeremy pop video on You Tube), in which Ron shows off some memorable dance moves.
FTN: You have recently appeared in the music video ‘Get Down’, with the British Hustle cast. What was it like to make this parody and how did you first get involved?
RJ: I love shooting in a relaxed environment, not under a lot of pressure, with no major producers breathing down your neck, just having fun dancing, taking on a full British accent. These are all fun things to do! I first got involved because my friend Bettina Brighton got me hooked up with the group Brits in LA. There, I met a colorful, talented fellow named Sandro Monetti who took me under his wing and cast me in his film for parody awards the Toscars, an ‘American Hustle’ take off called ‘British Hustle’ and its accompanying video dancing to John Campbell Mac’s music.
FTN: You are indeed a living legend and your dance moves in ‘Get Down’ would burn John Travolta off the dance floor. Did you do your own choreography? I am also guessing this isn’t the first time you have “got down” on the dancefloor.
RJ: I have been dancing my whole life. I also hung out at Studio 54 when I was a kid which is why Harvey Weinstein’s company put me in the film Studio 54 with Mike Myers and Salma Hayek a few years ago. I have a couple of lines in that film. I danced in the LMFAO music video ‘Sexy and I know it’. You can see it on the internet – 50 million hits (here)! And I did the shuffle, I kinda did the same moves the shuffle in “Get Down”. Sandro helped with the choreography also.
“I also hung out at Studio 54 when I was a kid which is why Harvey Weinstein’s company put me in the film Studio 54 with Mike Myers and Salma Hayek a few years ago…”
FTN: With the awards season now in full swing, what has attracted you to the Toscars Ceremony?
RJ: It is a microcosm of the Hollywood Industry! Rather than features they have shorts, rather than super powerful producers/directors we have our gang you know. These are not people that are as much in the limelight as Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. But most of them you will see next year in bigger and bigger productions. It’s a great training ground, pruning ground, practising ground, so the Toscars are alot of fun! You are actually learning while you are doing it! The more films you are in, the more you practice your dialogue and the better you get, whether you like it or not!
FTN: Aside from your well known, ahem, ‘back catalogue of films, you have also appeared in a number of big screen movies such as The Boondock Saints. Is this kind of film making something that you have become more interested in recent years?
RJ: Yes every actor wants to be an actor! You don’t want to be in the adult stuff forever! What happens when you’re going to the bathroom and your schmeckle pops off in your hand? You have to find something else to fall back on other than adult! So I think I’m a good actor. I rely on the mainstream films and TV shows to renew my career and its doing good.
“What happens when you’re going to the bathroom and your schmeckle pops off in your hand? You have to find something else to fall back on other than adult!”
FTN: I understand that you also had a part in Ronin, though sadly it didn’t make it to the final edit. Can you tell us a little bit about your part and also what your memories were of making that incredible film that even now is still ahead of its time?
RJ: John Frankenheimer was a very good friend of mine! A powerhouse director. With films like The Manchurian Candidate etc. He put me in lots of films he did… Reindeer Games, Ronin, Path to War, Dead Bang and George Wallace, I was cut from a couple of them! He was such a brilliant director, tough but brilliant. Same with his actors. He wouldn’t let them walk all over him. He directed Marlon Brando in The Island of Doctor Moreau along with a girl I was good friends with, Fairuza Balk. He was amazed that Marlon Brando never even read the script but he was brilliant. John also said that his ideas to make it a better movie where all right on target. Loved him. I got to fly to France for Ronin, spent some time in Nice and I did that movie playing a fish monger.
FTN: Being a true Nerd (I also understand you host a tech show on the internet), which would you rather have: A Lightsaber or a Phaser and Tri-Corder?
RJ: I would like to have something better than both of those…it’s called the bazooka !
FTN: Parodies are becoming more and more popular, and “Get Down” is superb fun to watch. If you could pick any film or tv show to parody, what would it be?
RJ: 9 1/2 Weeks with me playing the Mickey Rourke character and Michelle Pfeiffer as my female co-star.
FTN: Now that The Toscars are finished, what will be your next project?
RJ: A film called Jersey Shore massacre is coming out any day now, also I’ve done The Haunted Trailer and Troma’s movie, Return to Nuke’em High.
FTN: Ron, it’s been an absolute pleasure…