In “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” comedy mainstay David Koechner has the misfortune to play one of the undead — a scout leader who, when turned, won’t seem to die, no matter how horrifically the teen cast tries. That means a lot of time in makeup, though Koechner — known for everything from “Anchorman” to “The Office” to “Hannah Montana” — didn’t seem to mind.
The zombie you play won’t die. What was the hardest of the attempted murders to do?
Maybe the one where I get clubbed and burned.
I can’t imagine they tried to fake-set you on fire, though.
They’ve got stunt doubles. He did a great job. He has a nice sturdy back for when he got smacked with an oar. I acted that one out but I didn’t have to get smacked. They love it.
That’s a good thing to put on a résumé: “Can be set on fire.”
It’s an extra bump in pay! There are different levels for different things. That one is a good one.
How was it being turned into a zombie, especially for what seems like a good chunk of the shoot?
It’s a choice you make. I chose to enjoy it. It’s four hours of makeup. And it’s working with people that operate on a very high level. You’re working with some of the best prosthetic and special effects people in the industry. It’s kind of flattering. They’re artists; you’re their canvas. We sit around have great conversations, watch movies, listen to podcasts.
That’s how you pass the time during long makeup sessions?
Yeah. If your eyes are going to be closed for a long time, podcasts work. But if you’ve got a couple hours with your eyes open, let’s watch a movie.
This is a rare film targeted at teens that is R-rated. Did you tend to go for those when you were younger?
I wish I could have. I’m from a more button-down family. They were not fans of seeing R-rated movies. They certainly didn’t take us. And the closest movie theater was 40 miles away.