Pauly Shore Talks Adoption and 'Restoring' Stephen Baldwin
By Megan Rumph Posted Jun 15th 2010 10:15AM
Shore got his start on MTV, introducing the world to the "Weasel," his colorful, drawling alter-ego. You probably recognize the Weasel from 'Encino Man' or 'Son in Law,' where he graced the screen with his signature look and lingo (y'know ... "grindage" = food, "melon" = head, "weezin' the juice" = stealing from the Icee machine).
But Shore's career didn't disappear in the new millennium. In his new film, 'Adopted,' on DVD today, Pauly travels to Africa on a mission to adopt, a la Angelina Jolie or Madonna. Shore spoke with PopEater about whether he sees children in his future, the financial state of 'Bio-Dome' co-star Stephen Baldwin and the retirement of the Weasel.
You were in 'Bio-Dome' with Stephen Baldwin. What are your thoughts on RestoreStephenBaldwin.org?
You know, he's got kids and family. When you're in the entertainment business, it's so up and down. He's got to provide for his family, so he's got to do what he's got to do, you know? It's sad that it's gotten to that point. I was on Howard Stern this morning, and he was talking about Andy Dick living in a shed or something?
Oh, I haven't heard that.
Yeah, all my co-stars are basically homeless. What's up with that?
I don't know. You're not though!
No, I'm okay. Wish I had a million dollars, I'd help them out.
Speaking of families and helping out, what inspired your film 'Adopted'?
I was doing stand-up in Africa, and I told myself, if I'm going all the way down there, I've got to do a film. I thought 'Pauly in Africa' would be funny, but I had to come up with some type of story. So once I got down there, the producer and I started talking and coming up with some ideas. And then I kind of buried myself in my hotel room and storyboarded the whole thing.
So, you were poking fun of Angelina Jolie and Madonna?
Well yeah, just poking fun at celebrity adoption. I don't think it's ridiculous. I'm sure some people do. But I think that anyone who can take a baby or a child and give it a better life is a good thing, from America or Africa. If it's their desire to go to Africa or Malaysia, then that's up to them. My concern is if they're getting enough love. That's the only thing that matters at the end of the day.
See the trailer for Adopted:
I loved Odwa, the little boy. What was it like hanging out with those three kids?
I love kids. I'm a big kid. A lot of people say, "Don't work with animals or kids," but I think quite the opposite. Because animals and kids, they're not really aware of the camera, so that's where you get gold. And I think with Odwa, he was just being himself. I kind of had a relationship with my cameraman to always roll -- "don't stop rolling no matter what."
Do you want to have kids, or would you consider adopting?
I don't know. I mean, it's got to be the right situation. You have a kid, that's the end of your life, in a way. You just become all about them, and I don't know if I'm ready to do that. And if I do that, I really have to do it 100 percent, or not do it at all. And also you've got to meet the right girl that's going to deal with my lifestyle, and deal with me. I'm on the road, I'm doing stand-up. And most girls aren't into that, but it's what I do for a living. It's like, "Where are you going?" "Um, I gotta go to a show." "Why?" "Because it's what I do for a living." "That's stupid!" You know?
I know you're considered a playboy ... what's your secret?
Dodge and weave.
Okay. Let's get serious -- did you keep any of your Weasel Wear?
I think so. It was funny, because there was a point in my life, probably about 10 years ago, when I was kind of over it. Like, "Get rid of that stuff! Put it away!" But now I'm kind of like, "Let me see it!"
Would you ever break it out again?
I did! Years ago, I did a sketch comedy film called 'Natural Born Komics,' and there's a sketch called 'Flavor of Weas.' And it's basically the Weasel being 'Flavor of Love,' but I put on all the Weasel stuff.
See Pauly Shore playing the Weasel in 1992:
Nice. I've noticed Brendan Fraser cameos in some of your movies, as his character Link from 'Encino Man.' Did you ask him for a cameo in 'Adopted'?
No, that would have been great. That would have been classic, huh? That would have been huge, like I'm sitting with the kids and all of a sudden he walks by, and I stare at him. We just look at each other and he walks off.
'Adopted' showcases the self-deprecating side of your humor. Is it good to be able to make fun of yourself?
I think there's a fine line. Like everything, I think too much is too much. Like, if I just made fun of myself the whole time, that wouldn't be good. I do it sometimes, then go out of it and make fun of other people. You need to kind of mix it up. It's almost like if you're doing a comedy routine and you're on stage for an hour, you don't want to do an hour of political material. You want to do some stuff on family too. You want to mix it up.
I saw your 'Funny or Die' video with Anderson Cooper, and I know you were joking about an 'Encino Man 2,' but I'd just like to ask: Can you please make that happen?
Well, you guys got to e-mail Disney, 'cause if Disney wants to do it then we can do it.
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