Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally on Eating Irish Kids, Hooking in 'Risky Business' and Overbearing Parents

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally on Eating Irish Kids, Hooking in 'Risky Business' and Overbearing Parents

May 29, 2013

Speaking with Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally is like a comedic orgasm. Not only are they two of the funniest entertainment personalities working today, but they're also married and incredibly in sync, to the point where they continually set up and finish each other's jokes. In The Kings of Summer, they don't play a married couple, but they do play an overbearing mother and father whose children are so fed up with the way they're treated at home, they decide to run away and build a house in the middle of the woods. 

With so many upcoming and ongoing projects (did you know Megan is in a music group called Nancy and Beth?), a conversation with these two could literally go on for several awesome hours. But with only several awesome minutes, we wanted to get their thoughts on growing up with their own set of overbearing parents, in honor of the year's first great coming-of-age comedy. 

Of course things just got weirder from there... Megan, my mom is a big fan of Party Down, except she always calls it Party of Five so no one ever knows what she's talking about.

Mullally: [Laughs] That's like my mom -- she calls Seinfeld, Steinfeld.

Offerman: That's a great segue since my favorite joke in [The Kings of Summer] is when you call Will Smith the "New Prince." 

Mullally: Yes! The New Prince! So the film is all about these kids who do crazy things over the summertime. What's the craziest thing you did over the summer when you were growing up?
Mullally: I never did anything. I'd stand in front of my bathroom mirror and sing Barbra Streisand songs. 
Offerman: I grew up in a farm community, and my cousin and I had motorcycles and we were sort of rugged, outdoor boys. When we were about 15 we got a job driving a gravel truck for the road commissioner ... I hope he doesn't read this ... and we'd take the county gravel truck out in the middle of one of our fields. We also had a backhoe, so we'd dig these pits and make ramps out of the dirt and then jump the truck over the pits. That sounds ridiculously dangerous, and yet awesome.
Mullally: You're lucky to be alive! This is a really great year for coming-of-age movies, with many of them coming out of the Sundance Film Festival. Are you fans of the genre? What are some of your favorite coming-of-age movies?
Mullally: I have a really bad memory. When I get asked these kinds of questions, my mind just goes to white noise.
Offerman: Heh, White Noise...
Mullally: Yeah that's a great one. A classic! More of a film noir in my opinion.
Offerman: I loved Breaking Away, which [The Kings of Summer] really reminds me of. I think every great coming-of-age movie needs kids jumping off a cliff into a quarry.
Mullally: Stand by Me.
Offerman: Also a movie called The Explorers, which is a lesser known coming-of-age movie with a young River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke. Megan, you played a call girl in Risky Business. How has that informed your career?
Mullally: I did do that! I think I was 22 or 23 and I was flown out to Los Angeles to test for the lead in Risky Business. Spoiler alert: didn't get it. Apparently everyone wanted me except for the big producer on the movie who's someone very famous and whose name I will not mention. Anyway, they gave me this little part as one of the call girls and I had two lines with Tom Cruise, and they both got cut. So basically I'm an extra, wearing a pink baby doll and smoking a cigarette that's one of those long ones with hair down to my hoo-ha. Speaking of great coming-of-age movies, that's definitely one.
Mullally: Yes! That's a great coming-of-age movie. I'm gonna say that's my favorite. How about that? What is it like being successful comedic personalities and also being married to each other? Even your fights must be amusing to watch.
Mullally: We do laugh a lot and we also do bits a lot, just alone, together, and not for other people. We'll just do little bits and try to get each other to laugh. Do you think it makes you better professionally being married to someone who also does what you do in a lot of ways?
Offerman: I'm very vocal about considering myself a student of Megan's. I think being in a relationship with someone who is a performer of the same ilk, it's like living with Robin Williams -- you're going to be inspired. If Robin Williams makes you breakfast and you go shoot your TV show, there's probably something in his scrambled eggs that you're going to take with you to work. You both play overbearing parents in this movie, so were your parents anything like these characters?
Mullally: I'm an only child so my mom was pretty overprotective. I wasn't allowed to ride my bike in the street until I was 12, and by then it was over. By then everybody was too cool to want to go and ride bikes because everyone was 12.
Offerman: My dad was a stern disciplinarian, and I had a very Norman Rockwell-ian upbringing. I thought about running away a couple of nights and I made it out half a mile behind the house with my tent, but then came home for breakfast. So you never built a house in the middle of the woods then?
Offerman: No, but I did have a pretty kick-ass two-story treehouse, but my dad had to know about it cause I had to ask him for nails. Your fans would love to see pics of that online.
Offerman: Yeah I'm afraid we didn't have our iPhones in 1978. I can draw a nice pencil sketch of it.
Mullally: I used to go to parties in junior high and at some point someone would always go, 'Megan, there's your mom,'  because my mom would always cruise by the party to make sure. Like, what would I be doing? Would I be naked in the front yard having sex with somebody?
Offerman: You should've arranged with her to bring you snacks.
Mullally: [Laughs] Yeah, at least bring me a change of clothes so I can have some costume changes during the party.
Warning: The below trailer contains foul language People have called Ron Swanson one of the most iconic characters of the 21st century, and if you search online there's all sorts of crazy stuff related to the character. What's the weirdest thing anyone's ever sent you?
Offerman: Well it was weird, one couple from Louisville sent me their child. 
Mullally: He ate it.
Offerman: It was delicious, granted. Irish kid. 
Mullally: It was like aged cheddar.
Offerman: Megan and I both really enjoy all the weird portraits of Ron Swanson. It's really nice to be part of something that inspires people to then express their own strange sense of creativity. There's something really gratifying about that. 
You can see both Offerman and Mullally in The Kings of Summer, in limited theaters this weekend.


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