Dude! Talkin' grand pianos and gross returns with Hollywood's
hottest, uh, couple by Elizabeth Snead
Omigod, they've capitalized
on South Park! (Those bastards!)
Until now, Stan, Kyle,
Cartman and Kenny have been a whole lot more famous than their
creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
And that's likely to change
with the release of BASEketball, a wild, tasteless spoof of
big-time athletics directed by David Zucker (Airplane), starring
Parker and Stone and featuring Yasmine Bleeth and Jenny McCarthy.
But that's just a warmup
for the 28-year-old Parker (he's the blonde one) and the 27-year-old
Stone (he's the one with curly hair), who met at college in
Colorado and quickly became acting/filmmaking pals.
This fall, they'll launch
a new season with those construction-paper cutups from South
Park on Comedy Central. Expect some familiar feces, er, faces,
as well as the usual assortment of shocks and surprises.
Then in October, Parker's
comic porn parable, Orgazmo, makes it way into theaters. There's
also a South Park movie in the works--which will be rated
R, in case you're wondering--for next spring. And if that's
not enough, their old college project, Cannibal! The Musical,
has become a hit on the midnight-screening cult circuit.
Not bad for a coupla guys
who put together their first South Park short just to earn
some spare cash and make their friends laugh. Well, Parker
and Stone are laughing--all the way to the bank.
So, anything exciting
happening, besides BASEketball, Orgazmo, the South Park movie
and the new TV season?
Trey: I have to go to
my 10-year high school reunion next week. [Doing a British
accent, smoking an imaginary cigarette.] Hi, everybody. What
a ghastly little town! It's really funny, because Access Hollywood
wants to cover it, and I'm, like, "No way, dude,
Trey: Holding out on Yasmine
Bleeth that's so uncool to come to your high school reunion
with the press."
Do you see those old classmates
Trey: The ones I care
to see. Some of them work on the show. But there's gonna be
a lot of weird ones to see.
Guys who beat you up?
Trey: No one beat me up.
I was a pretty big kid in high school.
Matt: You should rent
a huge ballroom and have your own party. Or rent a helicopter,
fly in and stay for, like, 10 minutes and then go, "Bye
everybody, I'm back to Europe!" Just for effect.
Trey: No, here's the sweet
thing: Go there and set up a booth and sell South Park T-shirts
for $20, then for another $10 I'll sign them.
Sounds like a good way
to make some fast cash
.Matt: You know Brandon
Cruz? From The Courtship of Eddie's Father. He works as an
assistant editor at South Park. A pretty cool guy. He's, like
35, a surfer punk. And every once in a while, he gets invited
to these celebrity autograph conventions, and he sits there
and signs pictures of himself as a little kid. And, like,
Bob Denver is there. And Don Knotts. And Adam West. Adam West
is, like, $20 an autograph. You just walk up and hand him
a $20 bill, and he's, like, "Thanks," and signs
a picture and gives it to you. Don Knotts makes, like, $30,000
I'm guessing you guys
have made some bucks off of South Park. Had time to spend
any of it?
Trey: Well, we got our
Matt: Is South Park for
kids? You bet!
Matt: Yeah, we spent a
lot of money on our houses.
Here in Los Angeles?
Trey: Yeah. I got one
in [a very expensive, exclusive, elevated area of L.A.] and
Matt got one in [a very expensive, exclusive area of L.A.
but closer to the ocean].
Matt: It's so great. Whenever
I go home, I just feel like I'm on vacation.
Trey: And I bought a Steinway
grand piano. I've wanted one since I was, like, 14.
So, you play?
Trey: Yeah, that's, like,
my main thing.
Matt: People always ask
that: "So, you play?"
Trey: Yeah, like I bought
a $100,000 piano for decoration.
Matt: But there are people
who would do that--buy a $100,000 piano, and it sits there
and they put drinks on it.
What about new cars?
Trey: Still got our same
cars. I keep thinking I should buy a Mercedes, but I don't
wanna look like a fag.
Tell me about BASEketball.
It's very funny, and when I saw it, the audience was just
Trey: Really? It's all
so light, and it goes so fast. For some reason, you feel like
you're at a party.
I can't believe you just
got up there and acted in a major studio movie. Weren't you
Trey: We had a lot of
experience in front of the camera. From Cannibal! The Musical.
We were in all of that. And Orgazmo. We were in all of that,
Matt: Even with a big
studio film, it's not that different. Just more people watching
you. It's not that different than if you just get your friends
and a camera, go out and dress up.
The film poster reads
"Starring the creators of South Park," but they
cast you guys in this film long before South Park was on the
So, you were destined
for stardom. You didn't need Cartman and Stan!
Matt: Yeah, fuck those
Trey: Last July, David
Zucker called and wanted me to direct BASEketball. And I said
I can't, we're doing this TV show...
And he went, "Well,
when that falls apart"?
Matt: Yeah, they said,
"We'll get you out of doing that show so you can come
work for us." We were like, "Why would we want to
get out of this? It's the coolest thing!"
Trey: Then he called back
and said, "How about if you guys act in it?" I said,
"I don't know if we have time to do that, either."
He said, "We're not shooting until February." We
were like, Fuck, South Park will be done by then. No way it's
gonna still be on the air in February.
How did you find time
to do both the show and the film?
Trey: We didn't make the
time, that was the problem.
Matt: It was the hardest
time of our lives.
Didn't they give you a
van on the set to work on South Park?
Trey: That didn't work.
Basically, we'd get picked up at 5 a.m., driven to the set
and shoot for 14 hours a day. At 7 p.m. we'd be done, get
out of makeup, get back in the car and they'd drive us to
work. We'd get there at 8 p.m. and work until, like, 2 a.m.
For 10 weeks!
Matt: Weekends were spent
hard-core on South Park because we had to catch up. It was
like having a 60-hour-a-week job and then adding another 60-hour-a-week
job. It was really stupid.
Did you guys have to rehearse
BASEketball's kissing scene?
Matt: It was, like, two
Was that scene in the
Trey: No, it was our idea.
At first, they didn't want us to do it. We had to talk them
What's coming up on the
Trey: Mr. Hankie is coming
back. We're working on him now. We have a Mr. Hankie Fantasia
scene, and he's got this sorcerer's apprentice hat on and
he's waving the wand and summoning shit in different directions
and it's turning into tubas.
With the Fantasia music?
Trey: Yeah, the sorcerer's
Great! Any celebs to be
made mock of this year?
Trey: A lot. Robert Redford,
Trey: Yeah, we're ripping
on the whole Sundance thing.
And then there's the South
Matt: Yup. It's coming
out in March. And its R-rated.
Matt: Yeah. As much as
I love Beavis and Butt-head, we felt that movie was too tame.
But they had a level to go to because the episodes were only
seven minutes long. So, the point of doing a movie for Beavis
and Butt-head made sense, 'cause it was neat to see it in
a longer format. For South Park, it needed a reason to become
a movie, and if it was rated PG-13, it would be more tame
than an episode. I think our episodes are more R-rated than
Will you keep doing the
Trey: We owe 52 episodes.
That's two years.
What do your parents think
of South Park?
Matt: They like it!
Do they ever go, "Oh,
Matt: I think they will
about BASEketball's kissing scene.
Trey: Yeah, my grandparents
are coming out for this.
You could cause a coronary!
Matt: Aarrrrruuuhhh [imitating
a heart attack], I knew you were a fag! [In Kyle's voice]
Has anyone ever shown
you South Park tattoos?
Matt: No, but they have
South Park bongs. I've signed a couple of them. That's pretty
How many people are working
on the show now?
Trey: Like 70. It's doubled.
Matt: Then there's the
movie. That's another 70 people.
Will you do special effects
for the movie
. Trey: Yeah, we're gonna
do some CG stuff. We already have the capability
. Matt: It's gonna be
Do you guys get negative
reaction from religious groups or gay and lesbian groups?
Trey: Mostly the religious
groups.There's the Christian Family Network, which just sent
out a pamphlet about us. It's hilarious.
Matt: Hey, we should take
that with us on The Tonight Show.
Speaking about angry religious
groups, what's the story behind Orgazmo?
Trey: It's the story of
a Mormon doing his mission work in L.A., and he happens on
to this porno shoot and gets offered a lot of money to play
this part where he doesn't even have to have sex or anything.
He takes it, and the movie becomes huge, and so he is...Orgazmo.
It's due out in September.
How long ago was it filmed?
Matt: It was only a year
and a half ago, but we look, like, 10 years younger! [Both
Are you recognized now?
Do people come up to you and say, "Omigod, they killed
Matt: It's a pain in the
butt. We're gonna shave our heads.
Trey: Yeah, like that'll