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20Q: Jason Sudeikis
  • June 15, 2011 : 20:06
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PLAYBOY: Is it more difficult to date because of the prying eyes of the tabloids?
SUDEIKIS: No, I don’t think so. I think it has less to do with me than with the ladies. Tabloids in general are more about the ladies than the fellas. There are exceptions, like Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, but of the nine or so people who are usually on the covers of those magazines, seven of them are women. I haven’t seen a picture of me standing next to anyone who doesn’t have an IMDB page. It doesn’t matter to me if someone is in movies or on TV or not. Nice people are nice people. Pretty people are pretty people.


PLAYBOY: While you were dating January Jones last summer, you went on George Lopez’s talk show and joked that you’d seen her naked, which she later denied, adding, “Nor will he after those comments.” In hindsight, do you have any regrets?
SUDEIKIS: The bummer of that whole situation is she made a joke right back at me and nobody got it. Nobody gave her credit for what I thought was a pretty good zinger. I was like, “Come on, now. Let the gal have some fun.”


PLAYBOY: You come from a large Lithuanian family. Although you have only two sisters, you have 25 cousins. Is there a condom shortage in the family?
SUDEIKIS: That’s actually on the Wendt side, my mother’s side. They just love to hump, I guess. I don’t know the exact number now, but I think some of the cousins are having kids. One of them has four kids, which is crazy to me. On the Sudeikis side it may be down to just my father. I guess I’m the last one who can carry on the Sudeikis name. But I don’t know if I have anything left in the tank. I wasted so much of it in the early 1990s on those Playboys, my tank might be empty. Do you guys provide a doctor so I can answer this accurately?


PLAYBOY: Your uncle is George Wendt, who famously played Norm on the classic sitcom Cheers. Has he given you any career advice?
SUDEIKIS: He’s always been very encouraging, but there was no Tuesdays With Morrie kind of relationship between us. He didn’t take me to the park to explain comic timing. “Watch these dogs play, kid. See how playful they are. That’s what you need to bring to your work.” There was nothing like that. He was just a good example that being an actor was a viable option. The advice he gave me, and I say this jokingly, was “Get on one of the best sitcoms of all time and then ride it out.”


PLAYBOY: You’re a big University of Kansas basketball fan. Are you just a spectator, or can you play some hoops?
SUDEIKIS: I played in high school and then at community college for a year and a half. Knowing what I know about myself, it was a form of acting. I was always showboating. I threw a lot of behind-the-back and no-look passes, like Magic Johnson or Pete Maravich. Those are the guys I really enjoyed watching, who had such flashy ways of playing. I was the goofy white kid on a team full of black guys. I was very much like Jim Carrey on In Living Color.


PLAYBOY: As a small-town boy from Overland Park, Kansas, did you have culture shock when you moved to New York City?
SUDEIKIS: It could’ve been worse. I got to live in Chicago, Amsterdam and Las Vegas before I got to New York. And it’s not as if I grew up on a farm. It was a suburb of Kansas City. But New York is definitely an adjustment. It helps to have a built-in social group before you arrive. And a job, ­obviously—this place is expensive as shit.


PLAYBOY: You’ve worked on Saturday Night Live for the past eight years, so you’re familiar with the building. Is 30 Rockefeller Center filled with secret chutes and hidden doors?
SUDEIKIS: Oh yeah, there’s stuff everywhere. On the eighth floor there’s a chute made entirely of brick, almost like an elevator shaft that doesn’t have an elevator. You can look straight up and see the sky. People used to go out there and smoke all the time. Now alarms go off. There’s a sign that says WATCH YOUR HEAD over stage left of the studio, and somebody wrote “Farley” on the bottom of it because I guess Chris Farley used to always hit his head when he ran off stage for a quick change. There are little secrets everywhere if you know where to look for them.


PLAYBOY: The postshow parties at Saturday Night Live are notorious for being outrageous drug-fueled affairs. Are they as wild in 2011 as they were back in John Belushi and Bill Murray’s day?
SUDEIKIS: It’s not that juvenile anymore. These days it goes much deeper. It’s more about white-collar crime. There’s definitely some money laundering going on at those parties, and some identity theft. It comes from a very different place now. It’s all about the benjamins. But we do know how to party. There’s a lot of dancing, a lot of people doing the macarena and singing “Mambo No. 5,” people drinking Zima and screwing around. It’s the best party in town. [bursts into laughter]


PLAYBOY: On SNL you’ve kissed Jon Hamm and put Zac Efron’s foot in your mouth. Which was a more pleasant experience?
SUDEIKIS: Well, they’re both equally hairy. At this point it’s up to them to decide. I don’t want to choose favorites. But I will say that Efron’s foot was a delight. All those Disney kids have real clean feet. I’m not a dummy. I’m going to put only a real clean foot in my mouth. And I’ll tell you what, it tasted a lot like Ben Kingsley’s foot.


PLAYBOY: You do a hilarious impression of Vice President Joe Biden. Have you ever gotten a reaction from the real Biden?
SUDEIKIS: I’ve never met him, but I did get to watch a video of him watching me do him, which was surreal. He was laughing, so I guess he liked it. My father got to meet him when he was campaigning back in 2008. In fact, he introduced himself as “the father of the guy who plays you on SNL.” He actually had a pretty funny joke. He said to Biden, “I have to tell you, sir, you do the best impression of my son I’ve ever seen.”

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