Nick Swardson,Stephen Dorff chat about their porn comedy ‘Bucky Larson’

This picture probably says it all: Dorff, left, and Swardson pose while promoting "Bucky Larson."

“Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star” puts a wide-eyed pornography newcomer (co-writer and star Nick Swardson) at odds with a more established adult film performer (Stephen Dorff). The pair left any sense of animosity on the screen, though, if Metro’s love-fest of a chat with the pair is any indication.

Nick, I take it this is an autobiographical film for you?

Nick Swardson: It’s a documentary. We’re very excited, they followed me around for my beginning. (laughs) No, it’s awesome. It’s an idea that [Adam] Sandler had. He told me, “You play a kid who finds out his parents used to be porn stars,” and it’s such an awesome concept because you do think, What if I found a porno from the 60s or 70s that my parents were starring in? What would my reaction be? And this kid’s reaction is like, “Oh my gosh, that’s my calling.”

A lot other comics have pegged you as the one to watch over the last couple of years.

NS: Oh, that’s very cool. Who said that, my mom?

Mostly your mom, yeah.

Stephen Dorff: And your grandma.

How does it feel to have that kind of momentum building up? Not to put any pressure on you.

NS: No, it’s cool, man. I’ve been doing comedy for 16 years, so it’s not, like, jarring. It’s not an overnight thing where I’m like, “Ah! How do I deal?” You know, I’ve had so many parts in Sandler’s stuff, “Blades of Glory,” “Reno 911.” So it’s been like a nice build. I just feel like it’s really the perfect time. I don’t feel any pressure or anything, and I’m really enjoying it. You know, I get to do a movie like this where I get to work with people like Stephen, who’s an amazing actor.

SD: Thanks, buddy.

NS: Yeah, buddy. I love you.

And Stephen, you went from this to “Somewhere,” and you’ve also got “Immortals” coming up.

NS: Yeah, man, that’s the weirdest trifecta ever. That’s the craziest three movies. They couldn’t be more different.

SD: I’m hitting all the genres. And then I’ve got some good dramas coming, too. This was my first kind of comedy, you know, and it came from a phone call I had with Sandler. I was like, “Give me a comedy, man. I want to be in a comedy.” And an hour later he called me and said, “I’m sending something over me and my friend Nick wrote.” And I loved the part.

We saw you last in “Somewhere,” playing a movie star, and now you’re playing a porn star in the other. Do you approach the characters the same way?

SD: A little different, a little different. This one had bad jeans, a little more Granada Hills thrown in there, some Affliction T-shirts, some Brett Michaels influence.

NS: You had a bigger penis in “Somewhere.” You had to decrease it for this role. In “Somewhere,” he had the three-foot penis, going down to his knees. In this one they were like, you’ve got to dial that back.


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