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Video/Q&A: Chicago-native director/co-star Jay Chandrasekhar and co-star Kevin Heffernan of 'The Babymakers'

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August 01, 2012|Matt Pais | RedEye movie critic

When you make a cult favorite comedy like Broken Lizard’s “Super Troopers,” it’s probably inevitable that you’ll get out of a speeding ticket or two.

“[Co-star Steve Lemme] was going like 120 miles an hour, and the cop pulled him over and [Steve] thought he was screwed,” says “Super Troopers” co-star Kevin Heffernan, whose latest comedy, “The Babymakers,” opens Friday. “And then the cop walked up to the [car] and he’s like, ‘Do you know how fast you were going—“Super Troopers”!’ And then he lets him out of the ticket, takes a picture with him by the side of the highway. The kid turned into a giddy kid.”

Ordinary problems also receive an extreme solution in “The Babymakers,” in which Tommy (Paul Schneider) and other dimwitted criminals (including Heffernan and director Jay Chandrasekhar) plot to steal Tommy’s sperm from a sperm bank. The plan starts after Tommy realizes he can no longer provide any functional sperm so he and his wife (Olivia Munn) can conceive.

At the Four Seasons Hotel, the 43-year-old, suburban Chicago native Chandrasekhar and Heffernan, 44, talked about a particularly memorable, sperm-heavy scene in “The Babymakers,” a revolutionary new approach to the Olympics and what kind of pleasurable sounds are appropriate for network TV.

You’ve talked about “The Babymakers” being like “Ocean’s Eleven” with sperm. How many people do you know who saw “Ocean’s Eleven” and said, “It was good, but … just not nearly enough sperm”?
Kevin Heffernan: “Needs more sperm!” I don’t know, Clooney and Matt Damon, Brad Pitt.
Jay Chandrasekhar: What about them?
KH: Well, there’s some people that might want some of that sperm.
JC: Yeah, it would have been a better movie with sperm. Well, now you get to see it.

There was just so much off-camera sperm.
JC: [Laughs] I’m sure there was!
KH: We put it on camera. That was the piece that was missing.

Kevin, you are in a memorable scene in “The Babymakers” with probably more sperm than anyone has seen in one place. How long did it take to gather all that?
KH: [Laughs] Chandrasekhar is like a machine. He can pump out a lot of stuff.
JC: I have a very ample load.

Is that a day, a month?
KH: What is that for you, Chandrasekhar?
JC: Uh, it was a couple weeks. You have to shoot the scene close enough to the evacuations so that it stayed fresh.
KH: [Laughs]

That was one thing that went through my mind when I saw it: “That is still fresh.”
JC: You don’t want it rotting.
KH: That was the fresh sample room. There’s a sign on the door it says, “Fresh sample room.”
JC: “Fresh sample storage.” [Laughs]
KH: Just so you know that it’s not frozen or anything. There’s a sign.

Kevin, I read you have a law degree. Is that right?
KH: I do, yeah.

Do you think you will ever practice again?
KH: I doubt it, unless things go horribly awry in the film industry.

If you ever did practice again, I was wondering how much that scene could come back to haunt you.
KH: [Laughs] I know, I know. It’s like, put it in my commercial. “Hire me to be your lawyer.” And show me flopping around in semen.

Some people would probably go for that.
KH: They might, I don’t know. “Oh, that’s the guy from ‘Super Troopers,’ OK.”

How many lawsuits do people bring to lawyers involving an accident at a sperm bank?
KH: Or some sort of fertility issue perhaps. “I’m the guy! Look at me. I’ll get involved in your case intimately!”

The Olympics will be happening when the movie comes out. If you had to participate in an Olympic event, which one would you choose?
KH: Jay’s very anti-Olympics, just so you know.
JC: I think they have a bunch of sports that nobody cares about. And that NBC trumps up this excitement, but look, I’m clearly in the minority here.

I’m right there with you.
JC: People get excited about learning what a tough road it was for this farm boy to get to the Olympics. I get it. If I had to be in the Olympics, I suppose I would do the javelin throw.

Why?
JC: It seems sort of military. It seems dangerous. It could go anywhere.

And that appeals to you?
JC: Particularly with me throwing it. I’ve never thrown a javelin. What kind of sport is that? It’s hilarious.
KH: It’s an ancient sport. Ancient Greece.
JC: It’s a hilarious sport. It’s also still around.
KH: It’s a 2,000-year-old sport.
JC: They still do it? I love it.

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