Thursday, 10 October 2013 08:39

Rob Schneider: Actor Interview

It's easy to misjudge Rob Schneider. Best known for his vulgar and dim-witted characters in films such as 'Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo', 'The Hot Chick', and 'Grown Ups', Schneider as a person is often met with preconceived notions of his intellect and temperament.

“The characters I play are always slightly less-than, which is not necessarily who I am,” he notes. “People get stuck, they have to categorise you in some way. You get pigeonholed.”

In 2005 Patrick Goldestein, a film critic for the Los Angeles Times, noted that Schneider was deservedly overlooked for an Academy Award for 'Deuce Bigalow' because “nobody had the foresight to invent a category for Best Running Penis Joke Delivered by a Third-Rate Comic".

Two weeks later, Schneider took out two full-page ads in the Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter commenting, “Maybe you didn't win a Pulitzer Prize because they haven't invented a category for Best Third-Rate, Unfunny Pompous Reporter Who's Never Been Acknowledged by His Peers".

“I just did that because I thought it was funny!” he laughs. “Just because I'm an actor doesn't mean I have to sit back and take it. He critiqued a film of mine before it had even come out. I didn't think that was a fair shot. I starred in a dramatic film called 'The Chosen One' and people were just like 'oh, we didn't know you could do that'. That's their limitations, not mine. I've stopped worrying about what people think of me.”

It's this sharp wit and comedic antics that Schneider will be bringing to Australia later this month, his first tour since 2011.

“You have something interesting happening in your life,” he notes on his secret to a solid stand-up comedy performance.

“Things like the United States spying on the rest of the world, it makes for interesting material. We're spying on Australia. That's how paranoid our government is. I know you guys are going to go through a very conservative era over the next few years, “he notes of Tony Abbott's recent election. “Hopefully you'll climb out of it.”

Catch Rob Schneider on Thursday October 24 at The Tivoli. 

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