Trey Parker Takes A Vacation
From "South Park" And Gets "Orgazmo" On
The Big Screen From: Playboy Magazine Article By: Steve Pond
Transcribed by: Ali (Thanks, Ali!!)
Zip up those pants and
move over Dirk Diggler: There's a new stud in town, and he's
here to tell you that size matters a lot less than faith,
hope, and charity. Such is the lesson of Orgazmo, the tender
tale of a young Mormon missionary who moves to Los Angeles
to spread the word of the Lord and winds up battling evil
as a crime-fighting porn star. It's fun, it's dumb, it was
made on the cheap--but Orgazmo, due out this month, is also
an event, since it was created by a guy whose day job places
him at ground zero in the pop culture zeitgeist. The movie's
writer, director and the star is Trey Parker, one of the two
masterminds of Comedy Central's South Park; his partner Matt
Stone, co-produced and appears in the movie as well. We spoke
to Parker, 28, at his South Park offices as he worked on the
series and put the finishing touches on Orgazmo.
PLAYBOY: Weren't you working
on Orgazmo before you even started on South Park?
PARKER: Yeah. I think
we were in the second week of production, shooting a scene
in a club, when Matt walked up to me and said "Dude,
South Park got picked up as a series." And we went, "Whoa,
OK." We had done this other movie, Cannibal: The Musical,
and Orgazmo was going to be another one of those. It would
be this thing for our friends, and a few people would see
it, and people would hate it, and then there would be a core
group of people that would love it, and that would be that.
And now all of a sudden, it's "from the creators of South
Park." I love Orgazmo; it's just that it was meant to
be this under-the-radar sort of thing.
PLAYBOY: Sorry, Trey.
You can't do anything under the radar anymore. Haven't you
PARKER: Right. Ironically,
the MPAA is sort of helping me with that. It gave the movie
an NC-17 rating, so there's only so many ways it can be advertised.
PLAYBOY: NC-17? For a
movie about porn, Orgazmo is tame.
PARKER: Yeah. It's a joke.
There's no nudity in it, there's no sex, really, there's no
real violence. It's ridiculous. That's supposed to be part
of the irony, that it's a movie about porn but it's a totally
wholesome story. It's really about a good person who remains
a good person, who wins, who conquers evil and that's that.
What's unfortunate is that the NC-17 rating tells people to
see the movie because there's raw sex and nudity, and now
people will go and be disappointed. I had it in mind all the
time as being a PG-13 movie.
PLAYBOY: So what if Orgazmo's
Sidekick, Choda-Boy, has rockets and stuff shooting out of
PARKER: Exactly! Compare
it to something live Seven, in which there is a woman lying
on a bed who's been raped with a razor dildo. That's OK, but
don't say DVDA.
PLAYBOY: Which stands
for double vaginal, double anal, a sex act the movie tells
us is worth a lot of money to the woman who will perform it.
PARKER: That whole DVDA
thing was almost word for word a conversation I had with a
woman on a porn set. Matt and I hung out at two or three porn
shoots in Los Angeles, and something funny would always come
out of them that would end up in Orgazmo. We were always hanging
around doing stupid shit. One time the director wanted a bunch
of bubbles blowing while a scene was going on, so we sat there
PLAYBOY: You didn't just
watch, you were participants.
PARKER: Yeah, we blew
bubbles. Our lawyer kept telling us, "Hey, guys, you
sit in the barber's chair long enough, you're going to get
your hair cut."
PLAYBOY: What were your
misconceptions about porn getting into this?
PARKER: Guys in the business
were telling me that it's the one business where the roles
are reversed and the woman have all the power, and I was like,
"What are you talking about?" But then you see the
women making $800 a scene, while the guys make $50. And on
almost every set if a woman says, "Fuck it, I'm not doing
this," then it's over. For the most part, they're very
powerful, very strong women. And what shocked me was that
the majority of them are doing it because they're just nymphos.
They're like, "I have to fuck all the time, so I might
as well get paid for it." It's all professional and businesslike,
and definitely not anymore scummy than usual Hollywood business
PLAYBOY: How did you come
up with the idea of putting a Mormon missionary in porn movies?
PARKER: You know, the
norm in comedy has been to take a regular situation and put
zany characters in it. Our style is to take a normal character
and put him in a fucked-up situation. That's what South Park
is all about: You take average eight-year-olds and drop them
in with Mecha-Streisand and Death and all that shit. And that's
what Orgazmo is: You take the all-American boy, this nice
Mormon with a nice haircut, and drop him into the world of
PLAYBOY: You grew up around
PARKER: Oh yeah. Utah's
right next door, and there was a lot of overflow. My first
girlfriend was a Mormon.
PLAYBOY: What is the funniest
thing about Mormons?
PARKER: Well, to me, the
funniest thing is that I've never met a Mormon I didn't like.
They're good people. You could say the movie is a shot at
Mormons, but on the other hand, the guy who is a Mormon is
the guy who wins and the guy you like. He doesn't change faiths
or anything like that. It's not so much that Mormons amuse
me, it's that they represent and end-all wholesomeness.
PLAYBOY: A million dollar-budget
and a five-week shooting schedule don't sound like much, but
they're a lot more than you'd ever had. Were you nervous?
PARKER: It was totally
scary. Orgazmo was my first experience with a shooting schedule,
a prop department. I was like "What the fuck?" a
million dollars is a lot of money, and there was a crew of
28 people. I remember the first day i walked onto the set
and saw trailers and stuff. I just went "Holy shit."
I was freaked out.
PLAYBOY: And now a year
and a half later, this little movie is coming out, and you
and Matt have become big stars.
PARKER: Yeah, it's hysterical.
In Orgazmo, we look like we're about 12. It's like watching
Clinton before he was President. You can see how much this
shit aged us in a year and a half.