Ian Hecox & Anthony Padilla dish the deets on 'Smosh: The Movie!'
'Smosh The Movie,' available to download on Digital HD today
Digital superstars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox of 'Smosh' fame have finally hit the big screen!
Introducing their debut feature film, Smosh: The Movie!
From the writer of How I Met Your Mother (Eric Falconer), the flick recounts Ian and Anthony’s adventure through the YouTube portal to delete an embarrassing video of Anthony before his high school crush, Anna, has the chance to see it.
Featuring cameos from YouTube's A-List, (Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Mark Fischback) this film is one YouTube megafans little slice of heaven!
We were lucky enough to nab ourselves a chat with the creative genius' behind it all.
Low and behold! An interview with the guys behind 'Smosh: The Movie'...
So what’s Smosh: The Movie all about?
Anthony: Basically there’s an embarrassing video of me online and I decide that I need to get it removed before my crush sees it, so Ian and I go on an adventure to try and get it removed from YouTube. Then when we get to YouTube the CEO tells us there’s no way to get it removed so we have to go into YouTube via a portal and change it from within.
Ian: It’s sort of similar to the style and sense of humour of our Smosh sketches except we’re able to tell a longer story and have more character development because we’re working in long form. But the viewers of our sketches will find that it’s very much in line with our stuff online.
Your director Alex Winter is a Bill & Ted legend. Did you geek out when you met him?
Ian: [Laughs] We kept our cool. We’d seen Bill & Ted, of course, but it was such a random chance that he directed the movie. He turned out to be really great. He was the perfect fit for us because he has the same sense of humour and we couldn’t have asked for somebody better.
Do fans freak out when they meet you?
Ian: Yeah, sometimes, when people recognise us on the street. That’s the thing with people who are on TV or in movies – you recognise the face even if you’re not a fan and you might be like ‘Oh my god, I know you from TV!’ But most of the people who recognise us are actively watching us on YouTube, otherwise I don’t think they’d know who we are. So all the people who spot us in public are fans of our content and we get some pretty big freak-outs every once in a while.
What’s the weirdest thing a fan has said or done?
Anthony: There was one time, six years ago, when I logged onto Twitter and someone had posted a picture they’d taken through my bedroom window.
Ian: And in order to take that photo they’d had to have gone in through the side of our yard. It was freaky.
How awesome is it going from YouTube to a Hollywood film set?
Ian: It was really cool to be able to focus on something that is longer-form and just to try something new. We had a really fun time with the writing process, then being on set. It’s definitely a longer process but it was fun to try something totally new.
Anthony: The best part was being able to focus on character development. Our normal sketches online are three to six minutes long generally and in that short span of time you don’t get to evolve your character much. So yeah, it was really fun with this longer-form movie - you know, an hour and a half with a longer beginning, middle and end.
And is the catering better on a movie?
Ian: [Laughs] There were more options, certainly.
Are you anything like the guys you play in Smosh: The Movie?
Anthony: It’s almost like an alternate reality version of ourselves. It takes place in a world where instead of creating content for YouTube, like in real life, an embarrassing video gets released on YouTube. Our characters are loosely based on our real personalities. I’m a bit more driven for success in the movie while Ian is pretty cool, just chillin’ where he’s at, and I’d say that very loosely resembles our personalities in real life – although it’s not as extreme as that.
Ian: I’m definitely more of the laidback, kind of go-with-the-flow type and Anthony is more driven to further himself.
Anthony, your character gets a $25 haircut but would you ever pay that?
Anthony: I’m embarrassed to say how much I’ve actually paid for haircuts in real life. OK, it’s $100.
Ian: And if you saw his hair you’d understand why. It’s very nice hair!
Anthony: I had to do it because my hair is extremely curly, so I needed a really good haircut in order to make sure I didn’t have to do a ton of work to maintain it.
Ian: Whereas my hair is like the most low-maintenance hair in history. I’m going to be sad when I have to change my hair because I don’t need to do anything with it.
Anthony: I used to spend a lot of time straightening my hair and doing all this other stuff to it, so now I pay a lot for a haircut so I don’t have to do anything to it afterwards.
Have you ever delivered pizza, as you do in the movie? Or have you done other rubbish day jobs?
Anthony: No, I can’t say I’ve ever delivered pizza although I have a lot of respect for people who do.
Ian: But day jobs? Before YouTube was a successful thing for us I worked at this thing called Chuck E. Cheese – which is like a children’s pizza amusement park restaurant. I was the Chuck E. Cheese mascot, who is basically a giant rat. So I walked around in a giant rat costume. Well, I guess he’s a mouse – a giant mouse. Anyway, I’d have to dance at kids’ birthdays. It’s a pretty amazing thing and if you guys don’t have it in the [outside of the US] you’re sorely missing out.
Anthony: I was a freelance website designer. For the two or three years leading to Smosh taking off I was designing websites so I never had rubbish jobs.
What were your most oh-no-I-didn’t high school moments?
Anthony: I was really obsessed with this one girl and for some reason I thought staring at her was a great idea. I was staring at her all the time and after school one time, when I was staring at her, I walked straight into a tree branch. That was very embarrassing.
Ian: Me? Jeez, well I was on the cross country team – which, if you don’t know what that is, is just a bunch of kids running around in a circle basically. It’s not the coolest sport you could do at school. It’s actually the lamest sport so maybe that’s a little embarrassing. Also I didn’t get my first kiss until I was 17.
You’re together loads. Do you ever annoy each other?
Anthony: We used to live together. We’ve been friends since the sixth grade so we were friends since we were about 10 or 11. So we’ve known each other for a very long time and we’re almost brothers, practically. We lived together for four years and
I remember one time – talking about having to spend a long time on my hair – I was about to go out and meet a girl. I was going to take a really quick rinse-off because I didn’t want my hair to get wet. So I turned on the bathtub water but Ian had left the showerhead on and it sprayed all over my hair. I had to redo my hair and I got really annoyed at Ian about that.
Ian: Is there anything about Anthony that annoys me? I can’t think of anything. He never did the showerhead thing to me.
Anthony: I know what I did to annoy him. He used to leave stuff around the living room and I’d pile it all up because I didn’t like seeing stuff everywhere. So I’d put it all in a pile on the coffee table. [Laughs] I think that annoyed him.
You’ve done pretty much everything on screen, including getting naked. Is there anything you wouldn’t do in the name of art?
Ian: I wouldn’t light myself on fire maybe.
Anthony: And I don’t think I’d skydive. I’m way too much of a coward for that. I’m so afraid of heights.
YouTube sensations, an awesome website, a fantastic film… The next step must be world domination, right?
Ian: Yep, that’s the plan. We have a comic book coming out and we also have Madame Tussauds wax figures that are coming out too.