Duncan From 'The Buried Life' Knows What's on Obama's Bucket List
By Jett Wells Posted Sep 27th 2010 12:45PM
Don't try to compare 'The Buried Life' with 'Jackass,' because there's a difference between doing crazy stuff for laughs, and going on ballsy adventures to live life to the fullest. You have to go pretty far to find guys with more heart than Duncan Penn and the guys from MTV's 'The Buried Life.' Penn chatted with PopEater to talk Season 2, the joys of playing basketball with President Barack Obama and daydreaming about outer space. Season 2 starts tonight at 10:30 ET on MTV.
How did Season 2 Go?
How did Season 2 Go?
We're still shooting, we shot about eight list items, and now we're just finishing off the last two.
Compared to last season, what kind of crazy stunts can we expect this season?
Right after Season 1 ended, we crossed off something we had been wanting to do for a long time and that's playing ball with Obama. For us, finally doing that was 'Wow, well if this is possible, what else can we do?' For the next 10 items, we really wanted to bring it up and notch and test ourselves in different ways to find out what's possible. Our first episode which is this Monday is to streak in a stadium and get away with it. Lots of people streak, but we wanted to get away with it. So we did that in Kansas City, MO.
Why Kansas City?
Well, we really wanted to do it in a Soccer game because it would give us a lot of room to run. There was a big soccer game going on there with the Kansas City Wizards.
Did you guys get arrested?
Yeah, apparently our mug shots are floating around the Internet. It's funny how it all went down.
Back to the Obama challenge, how did you manage to pull that one off?
The original episode was a fail, and the reason that it failed was that Reggie Love (Obama's personal aide) said it was fine, but then did research and found out we were connected to MTV, and the White House couldn't have network favoritism. So we stayed in contact with Reggie, and he said 'if you're ever in Washington, come by and I'll give you a tour of the White House.' We were in Washington a few months later and we were giving a talk to a youth group and we called Reggie, and he said Obama's in Asia, but I'll give you guys a tour. So we rented tuxes for $50 and went down to the front gate and they didn't want to let us in at first because they recognized us from 'The Buried Life' and thought we were trying to sneak in. Eventually they found out it was legit, and we went in. We went down to the courts, just shooting around with Reggie and then you can see in the background when Reggie says 'looks like we have company,' and we look over and there's Obama walking onto the court. We got to shoot around and we asked him what he wants to do before he dies, and he said he wants to commentate a sports game.
Is his game as good as they say?
Yeah, he's good. He's a lefty. He's got a great jumper
I know you're a surfer, so where do you go to find the best swells?
My sister lives on Maui, Hawaii with her husband, and I try to visit them whenever it's possible and crash on their couch.
How big are the waves? Like 20 feet?
Sometimes, but I'm not surfing 20 foot waves.
When the cameras aren't rolling, what do you guys say to the people you're helping out?
We're still friends with all the people we've helped. In the first season, I met a guy named Sam, this older gentleman who hadn't seen his son in 17 years since he left him when he was two years old. The episode ends with them talking on the phone. A month later, I flew with them to Baton Rouge, LA where they connected for the first time, and since then, they've become friends. Sometimes the show only catches a little bit of these stories, but they're very much real people and real stories and they go when we're not filming. It's really cool for us to just be apart of their story.
What's the one goal that means the most to you that really want to accomplish one day?
I have to say it's going to outer space. That's one of our loftier goals right now, and it's kind of on the back burner, but we're always thinking about it. For me, going to space is to see the world.
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