Jon Lovitz wasn't just in town to sample the fare at the state fair. Although
manage to indulge in just about every kind of culinary gratification sold
at the Texas
State Fair, Lovitz was on a mission to promote his new comedy, "High
School High". In
the stately Adolphus Hotel, Lovitz met the press.
Film Scouts (Leslie Rigoulot): What will the critics say about "High
Jon Lovitz: I think they'll say it is a landmark film in the history of
cinema. If it makes as
much money as it did in China, well.... Actually they released it overseas
charged a buck a head and half the country went. It's already made over
500 million. So
whatever it makes here is gravy.
FS: Is it true that producers David Zucker, Robert LoCash and Gil Netter
hired you after
they found out that Sir Lawrence Olivier wasn't available?
JL: Yeah. That's happened on a lot of films. At first he was unavailable
and then he was
FS: Is this your "To Sir, With Love" or did you want to be more
like Michele Pfeiffer in
JL: Its a spoof of those movies but they wanted to play it real but funny
at the same time
like Zucker did with "Naked Gun" series. That last one was a
funny movie but also about
the environment. I guess, they like to make comedies about social issues.
I'm just lucky
they hired me. But they're also lucky they got me.
FS: Did you seek out the "Naked Gun" producers?
JL: Yeah, I wanted to work with them for a long time. I kept thinking
why don't they
hire me because they do comedies. And when I got the job they said I was
comedian they had ever worked with, which surprised me. All the other actors
pretty much straight actors. A lot of the film, the comedy happens around
me. It isn't
FS: What all the critics want to know is: what happened to "The Critic"
animated Fox TV show)?
JL: This guy named John was the head of Fox and he just didn't like the
It got great ratings and held like 90% of the audience from "The Simpsons"
and it was
doing well. But he stopped promoting it and then pulled it. He is the
guy who switched
"Married.....with Children", which was their most successful show,
from Sundays to
Saturdays, and he tried to kill "The Simpsons" and they finally
fired him. And the new
guy came in and he is moving "Married...with Children" back where
it was. So they are
hoping that this new guy will want to do "The Critic". I would
keep doing it. They wrote
it for me after I did four "Simpsons", which is flattering.
[So Jon is recovering from his adventures at the Texas State Fair and has
gone on to both
coasts to do "the talk show thing".]
JL: I was so surprised Oprah let me on her show to promote the movie.