Ben Garant and Tom Lennon, George Lopez and Terry Crews – Exclusive Video Interviews

     August 26, 2007

Last week was the start of something big on Collider as we finally started doing real TV type interviews. No longer will I just be the man with a mini-dv camera, as with our new and improved editing equipment we can now do broadcast quality interviews and it’s only going to help the site get bigger. So to help pop our cherry, we landed video interviews with the cast of “Balls of Fury” and “Halloween.” Tonight I’m posting “Balls,” and tomorrow you can expect the cast of “Halloween.”

So for those who don’t know what “Balls of Fury” is about, it’s the new film from Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant – the guys behind “Reno 911!” and the writers of “Night at the Museum.” Here’s the synopsis:

In the unsanctioned, underground, and unhinged world of extreme Ping-Pong, the competition is brutal and the stakes are deadly. Now, this outrageous new comedy serves up this secret world for the first time on-screen. Down-and-out former professional Ping-Pong phenom Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) is sucked into this maelstrom when FBI Agent Rodriguez (George Lopez) recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and recapture his former glory, and to smoke out his father’s (Robert Patrick) killer – one of the FBI’s Most Wanted, arch-fiend Feng (Christopher Walken). But, after two decades out of the game, Randy can’t turn his life around and avenge his father’s murder without a team of his own. He calls upon the spiritual guidance of blind Ping-Pong sage and restaurateur Wong (James Hong), and the training expertise of Master Wong’s wildly sexy niece Maggie (Maggie Q), both of whom also have a dark history with Feng. All roads lead to Feng’s mysterious jungle compound and the most unique Ping-Pong tournaments ever staged. There, Randy faces such formidable players as his long-ago Olympics opponent, the still-vicious Karl Wolfschtagg (Thomas Lennon). Can Randy keep his eye on the ball? Will he achieve the redemption he craves while wielding a paddle? Is his backhand strong enough to triumph over rampant wickedness?

So to help promote the movie, here are the video interviews with Ben Garant and Tom Lennon, George Lopez and Terry Crews. And below each person’s name is a brief rundown of what we talked about.

And if you watch to watch some movie clips from “Balls of Fury” just click here. The film opens this Wednesday at theaters everywhere.

Ben Garant and Tom Lennon

  • Comic-con talk and how they almost got killed over The Goon.
  • Did they do research for underground Ping Pong tournaments?
  • The casting process and how Christopher Walken gets a movie made.
  • What’s happening on Reno 911! this season and who is guest starring.
  • Night at the Museum 2 talk.
  • And they talk about the script they are working on called How to Survive a Robot Uprising for Mike Myers.

George Lopez

  • We talked underground ping pong tournaments.
  • The improv process.
  • Working with Christopher Walken.
  • What else he has coming up.

Terry Crews

  • He talks about his character in the film.
  • The improvising that went on.
  • Working with Christopher Walken.
  • He talks about working on Get Smart and The Night Watchmen.

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