Anchor Bay Films has provided ComingSoon.net with an exclusive clip from John Stalberg Jr.’s stoner comedy High School, plus we have an exclusive interview with one of the film’s stars, Michael Chiklis.
The movie stars Matt Bush as Henry Burke, a high school valedictorian who decides to try marijuana for the first time just before the school’s Principal Gordon (Chiklis) decides to institute a zero tolerance” policy on drugs, forcing all the students to take mandatory drug tests. Since Henry doesn’t want to be expelled before graduating, he and his best friend Breaux (Sean Marquette) steal a highly-dosed stash from the local drugdealer, Psycho Ed (played by Oscar winner Adrien Brody), with plans to get the entire school and staff stoned.
The exclusive clip is actually the first couple of minutes of the movie showing the spelling bee incident that gets Principal Gordon so angry, he calls for the school-wide drug tests.
Chiklis is probably best known for his long stint on the award-winning FX police drama “The Shield” as well as bringing the popular Fantastic Four member Benjamin J. Grimm a.k.a. The Thing to the big screen. While he may be almost unrecognizable as Principal Gordon, wearing a wig, glasses and moustache, it’s a role that allows him to play around with the high school principal archetypes that were at the center of so many memorable high school comedies from the ’80s.
ComingSoon.net got on the phone with Chiklis last week to talk about playing such a different role from what we’re used to from him. Unfortunately, the publicist decided we should only get ten minutes, so we didn’t even get to ask about “The Shield” or any of the other things we would have liked to ask him about.
ComingSoon.net: Must be weird talking about this movie, because you must have shot it at least three years ago.
Michael Chiklis: Four years ago we shot it and two years ago it was at the Sundance Film Festival, so it’s quite a while ago, but I think the reason why we’re all here is that we had a blast shooting it. It was a lot of fun, and watching it at Sundance, it was funny, a real howl. We thought it was a killer movie, John did a terrific job. I think it’s like the world’s only cinematic stoner comedy ever shot. It’s actually beautifully shot, it looks great.
CS: I think it played the one year at Sundance where I didn’t go, but I heard about the screenings there. I still haven’t had a chance to see it with an audience, though.
Chiklis: It’s a great movie to see in a theater ’cause just the collective of people howling at it, and it was fun being in the theater for that. It was quite something. I did it because I wasn’t getting too many opportunities to do an outrageous comedy and it was an opportunity for me to sort of disappear into a character and play something really outrageous and absurd and fun.
CS: I have to say that if I hadn’t booked this interview, I might not have known that was you playing the principal.
Chiklis: Well, that’s what happened and why it was so much fun as an actor to be at Sundance, and no one knew it was me. They watched the whole movie and then the credits came up and I literally heard people go “Oh my God!” and then afterwards people were coming up to me and I was dumbstruck, and that’s fun for an actor. That’s exactly one of the reasons I wanted to do it, aside from it being really funny and liking that genre. I was a fan of movies like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” growing up and