"South Pork: From
Mr. Hankey to Mr. Hanky-Panky, Trey Parker Blasts Off
the Porn Parody 'Orgazmo'" -- by Jessica Shaw
Bluer than "Baseketball",
more down and dirty than "South Park", able to
leap good taste in a single
bound....Okay, so he won't be the next
superhero to grace a lunch
box. But the titular character of "Orgazmo"
(due Oct. 23) does possess
the formidable power of porn. Written and
directed by Trey Parker
(and coproduced by and featuring his "South
Park" partner, Matt
Stone), the movie follows that classic movie
archetype, the Mormon
martial artist thrust into the world of adult
flicks, where he becomes
Orgazmo, a Captain Marvel of kink who, with his
sidekick, Choda-Boy, tries
to defend his friend's sushi bar from
gangsters. A midnight
hit at the 1997 Toronto International Film
Festival and last January's
Slamdance (the alt version of Sundance), the
$1 million indie film
has so far been powerless against the ratings
board of the Motion Picture
Association of America, which at press time
had slapped the raunch-fest
with a preliminary NC-17. Here, Parker puts
it all in perspective.
>> Just how does
one come up with a movie about a Mormon missionary who
becomes a porn star?
Our goal was to make really
subversive s---, a movie about porno that's
really wholesome. Lately,
comedy has been all about taking a normal
situation and putting
some f---ed up characters in it, and that's what
makes it funny. We like
to take pretty normal people and put them in
pretty f---ed up situations.
The whole point of "Orgazmo" is, this the
ultimate wholesome guy
in the ultimate unwholesome situation.
>> Why make the
Mormon a martial arts expert?
I have a black belt in
tae kwon do. My home movies had some kung fu
element, so this is basically
my ultimate home movie.
>> With a title
like "Orgazmo", a lot of people are going to assume
IS a porn flick.
The movie is not about
porno, though. It's about this guy who's in love
with his wife, and he
does something because he loves her, but it's the
>> Do you worry
about all the dirty old men who might flock to this
We got offered to make
this movie from people who thought it could be a
great titty movie. But
I was like, no, it can't be that. The whole
point was not to do that.
The only nudity you see are guys' asses,
because that's just a
>> Have you gotten
any complaints so far?
It's funny, teenage boys
are going to [advance] screenings and they're
p---ed off. The incredible
irony is that it gets an NC-17.
>> What led to the
It's insane. There's no
sex. There's no violence except cartoonish
kung fu, and it gets an
NC-17. [The MPAA] would never tell us why. All
we can think of is that
it's gotta be the religious s---. If that's
true, that is so f---ed
up. "Boogie Nights" got an R and it had
full-frontal nudity. In
"Seven" a woman gets raped with a razor-bladed
dildo. [The MPAA pointed
out that in "Orgazmo", this guy does have a
dildo on his head.]
>> Did you consider
We said to the MPAA, "Tell
us what [we have to cut to receive an R
rating], because if it's
something small we can just do it." But they
said, "No, we can't
tell you what to cut out because then we're a
It's like, dude, you ARE a censorship group.
>> Had "South
Park" become a full-blown phenomenon by the time you
No, right in the middle
of the second week of shooting "Orgazmo", Matt
[told me] "South
Park" got picked up for a series. We knew we'd get
through three episodes
before we were canceled, so we knew we had to
work it. The very last
day we shot "Orgazmo" I went right into "South
boom, "South Park" goes off with all the fans.
>> Are you at all
surprised by all the attention this little film is
We just want everyone
to realize that "Cannibal! The Musical" and
getting released] now, but "Cannibal!" was made
years ago, and "Orgazmo"
was an independent film. What sucks about it,
for me, is everyone is
going to look at "Orgazmo" with a different eye
and say, "Okay, what
has Trey Parker done now?" When the truth is, this
is what I did before "South
Park". We love the movie, but it is what
it's supposed to be --
a small, low-budget, independent film. People
were supposed to go see
it and be like, "Who the hell are these people
and what the hell is this
movie?" Now it's like, "SOUTH PARK!"
>> Sounds as if
you're saying "Orgazmo"'s not that good.
No, and obviously if I
was in the boat I was in a year ago, I'd just be
stoked it was going to
get seen. But now it's a different set of
circumstances. This is
not my newest creation by any stretch.
>> Were you bummed
that "BASEketball" tanked?
We did it for the learning
experience, to be on a studio film without
being the director. [Director]
David Zucker called us the morning after
it opened and said, "It's
not like everyone saw it and then it nose
dived -- it's just that
no one saw it." But we didn't care; it
certainly hasn't hurt
anything for us.
>> Now that "South
Park" is a merchandising machine, the feature version
is in production, "BASEketball"
posters were on every bus stop and
billboard this summer,
you've got a script to the "Dumb and Dumber"
prequel in the works,
and "Orgazmo" is about to be released, are you
feeling a tad overexposed?
Yeah, we knew at the beginning
of the year that all this was coming out
and it was going to look
like we were completely bastardizing ourselves.
So we'll get ripped for
it and next year will come and things will
>> Will they really?
Yeah, I don't think we
could go at this pace for more than another year.
And the nice thing will
be that once "Orgazmo"'s out, there's nothing
residual left -- unless
they start releasing my home movies. I can just
see the billboard: "The
brand-new thing!" And it'll be from when I was,
like, 12. "Trey Parker's
What Makes Me Laugh (Trey
On TV: "Monty Python.
Meeting those guys [at the U.S. Comedy Arts
Festival in Aspen last
spring] was the coolest thing I've ever done.
Also, the reason we picked
Comedy Central for "South Park" was that they
had shows like "Absolutely
Fabulous" and "Kids in the Hall"
At The Movies: "I'm
not really a fan of comedies. I kind of like
historical war stuff.
Of all the comedies, I like the Zucker brothers'
movies the best."
Stand-Up Comics: "I'm
a big fan of Andrew Dice Clay. Howard Stern
completely ripped off
his act. Stern thinks he's so clever, but Clay
did it 10 years ago. [Stern]
just says the most shocking s--- and hides
behind it being his character.
I really hate stand-up comedy. It's
like sitcoms -- you can
almost mouth the words along with them."