Pauly Shore Interview On 'Adopted,' Madonna, Angelina
Pauly Shore, the First Dude of the 80s and 90s, is back with a new Borat-style mockumentary Adopted, set for release on June 15, about adopting a son from Africa. Angelina and Madonna, watch out!
Born to the parents of comedians — his mother is also the founder of The Comedy Store, a comedy club located in Hollywood — Shore decided to keep comedy in the family. He began his career as a stand-up comedian making his debut at Alley Cat Bistro in L.A. at the ripe age of seventeen. Shore soon took to the big screen as an outlet and landed his own MTV television show Totally Pauly in 1990. Shore has starred in several mockumentaries, such as Pauly Shore Is Dead in 2003.
Now with Adopted, Shore sets out to Africa and adopt a child, raising questions as to why celebrities adopt children from different countries. “It’s the ambassador-esque portion of them; they want to save the world,” he told Uinterview exclusively. “For me, I was just trying to make a funny film about that one point that has a serious side to it.”
I don't know. It's one of those things that it's weird that they have to go over there to do it. It's the ambassador-esque portion of them; they want to save the world. Madonna and Angelina are bigger than life. They're ambassadors to the world, so they want to save the world. So I think that by adopting children from foreign lands it's their way of saying, 'Look I want to save the world and hey here we are.'
That was a very big tipping point for me. Again I'm like most people that never been over there and kind of have a perception of it. You know, what's Africa like? It's interesting because that wasn't set up. That was like a real guy [on the street in the movie] like, 'Why are you coming over here? You have enough kids over there. Leave us alone.' And that was a pretty interesting moment because that's when it hit me and that's what Oprah's doing great I think she nailed it. I think that was something that she nailed which was build them schools, give them money, send them soccer balls and clothes and stuff like that. Don't take the kid out of Africa. That's what I've learned.
I wasn't trying to make any point. For me I was just trying to make a funny film about that one point that has a serious side to it because that's what I've learned. But at the end of the day, I do think what Madonna and Angelina are doing is a positive thing because at the end of the day as long as they're loving the kid it doesn't matter where the kid is. As long as they provide a roof over their head, as long as they give them schooling in Africa or Beverly Hills it doesn't really matter to me.
Well, yeah. Of course. That's part of the comedy of the film which is me being scared shitless on the streets filming. It's almost like me doing a documentary in jail. Like I would fucking be scared shitless. There were a couple times where my cameramen were like, 'We gotta go, they're starting to swirl around us, they're not happy.' I felt like I was in the ocean with sharks coming around. And I was like, 'No we can't leave! This is why we gotta stay here. This is gonna be great stuff.'
Well, they're actors. They would never do that. But it plays real. The kids were actors and everyone signed releases and everyone got paid. The parents were there. It was kind of like a normal thing. It was like me hanging out with the kids and there happened to be cameras.
If I got shoved in the situation, and I didn't have a choice, yes. Do I want to be a father? No. But like if I was with my girlfriend, and she got pregnant and was having the kid I'd be like, 'Shit let's do this. Fuck, but I guess we'll figure it out.' I think love is love. As long as you're there for the kid and you're not a scumbag I think that's really what it's about.
Do I need to get laid as much as I used to? No. It's not as important to me. I'm 42 now so it's not like, 'I gotta go get laid.' In my 20s I was all about getting laid and meeting girls. Now it's the 42 Pauly - a guy who likes to go to the gym, I like to eat good food, I like to go out once in awhile. I do like to get laid once in a while. I do like to meet a girl once in awhile but it's not as essential. I'm more interested in getting a good night's sleep. At the end of the day that's really what life's about.
Yeah it's a little too soon, but I don't think I said anything bad about Gary Coleman. It's just a reference.
I've been doing a lot of stand up. I tour a lot. I was in Australia. About a month ago, I toured the States a lot. I've been developing these two scripts that are just about finished where I'm not playing myself. I have a show on MTV which is just finishing a deal right now. But I pitched that to them about four or five months ago.
It's called Shorez. It's a cross between Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Osbournes. It's almost like a make-believe family, but I want to shoot it in a way that people are gonna think this is my real family. And it's me getting back together with my 1992 Playboy playmate Katie Cantrell. She's got 2 kids from previous marriage. I have 2 kids from previous girlfriends. My kids have been living in Las Vegas with my father. I finally say, 'Dad I want my kids now.' One of them's 15, one of them's 17. She has her two kids but we all move under the same roof and then it's like a warped Brady Bunch. It's really about Katie's career; she's like a cougar now. It's about me being a father to her two kids and trying to make up for lost time with my two kids. Some of the stars are the kids.
I don't have to be famous anymore.