In 2001, the now cult classic Super Troopers took a hilarious look at the world of law enforcement. Ahead of the long-awaited and much anticipated release of the sequel, Super Troopers 2, this coming weekend screenwriters and stars of the film, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske sat down with Screen Rant to talk about reentering the world almost 20 years later.
SR: First of all, I love this film, it's so much fun. It's been almost 20 years since the original. Jay for you. You've done a lot of projects since then. How was it getting back into the groove of the Super Trooper universe?
Jay Chandrasekhar: You know, I said to these guys, we need to give the audience a soft landing into this, into the sequel. So everyone's got weigh exactly the same as the first one. So I said, you know, when they see the movie, there'll be like, they look older but not fatter and older. Right? So once we got to weight, put those buzz cuts and grew the mustaches, put on the gun belt, it was like boom, right back at.
Erik Stolhanski: Pop a piece of gum in his mouth. Instant, Farva.
SR: Just like riding a bike.
SR: We can't ignore the border stuff in the U.S. politics. Obviously, that's influential on this movie. What came about with that part of this?
Paul Soter: There was an article that actually after 9/11, they did some border reassessment and they found there were little areas in the Vermont/ Canada border where the markers weren't exactly where they thought. They were may have been off by like just a little bit, but we thought well that's an interesting conceit. Imagine it's often just enough where there is a town that exists in that, in that new space that's now America and what kind of job that would be for us to have to go patrol that area that is now...we're now an occupying force and so I felt like could take real life and make it
Kevin Heffernan: Topical. That stuff’s topical. Border stuff. Topical.
Steve Lemme: And Canadians are funny people.
SR: And nice people as well.
All 5 writers: Very nice. Super nice.
SR: So most of you, all you guys are writers as well. How does that inform your performance in the creative process of making a film? I mean does it help it or you know, anything like that?
Stolhanski: It means you spent too much time with the characters, the point of view and know it's going to say how Rabbit’s going to react to Farva, how Foster’s going to react to Mac. So it's very easy, right? It's like you and also the rehearsal process is our improvisational process, so we spent a lot of time with the character so it's really easy once you step on set.
Chandrasekhar: Yeah and if a joke is not working, you just right another one right there.
SR: Really? Just on the spot?
Chandrasekhar: If you have to! Or more. I'm like, ah, “this joke doesn't work” and then these guys will be like “try that.” Going to do that.
SR: Now crowdfunding...this movie was a, was a crowdfunding success and in 24 hours it was amazing how much you guys were able to raise. What do you think that says about the future of making films and getting funded like that?
Chandrasekhar: Crowdfunding is to me easy when you have a pre-existing thing where Veronica Mars had a TV show, we had movie. I think crowd funding for an original film would be harder, but you know, crowdfunding now you're allowed to crowd fund new rules. You're allowed to crowdfund a film... new rules. They're allowed to crowdfund a film and uh, you can actually own back end on it now when we crowdfunded it, you could only get rewards, tee shirts, shorts, premiere or whatever. So the future of crowdfunding will be interesting based on the new role
Lemme: The first Super Troopers was something that people really found in a grassroots way. You know, it was, it did OK at the box office, but DVD, it really took off and people were, it was a very social thing. People giving their buddies copies of the DVD and so…
SR: That’s how I found it.
Lemme: Yeah. And I think it's something that, it's like one of those cool indie bands, like people are like, “hey, this is our band, we discovered these guys together” and I think that when it became clear that we needed our fans to step up, uh, they, they came out en mass and 54,000 people donated.
SR: As soon as I heard about the sequel, I was jumping for joy. You have no idea that the meow thing is still something me and my friends do to this day. So I mean it's, it's transcendent. Now if, a third film, what would you guys want to see in the third film?
Chandrasekhar: Super Troopers 3: Winter Soldier.
Soter: This is becoming the Super Trooper 76. Yeah, that's the plan. Yeah. No, but I will.
Lemme: No, I will say this, like Jay is correct. It would be cool if we did a wintery white movie. It'd be totally different than the first two. However, in Burlington, Vermont when we screened the movie, Jay got one seconds worth of cold air and he was like, “this is cold.”
Chandrasekhar: Three words: battery operated socks.
Soter: You've got to put them on your face. All the hold and comedy don't go together because your, when your face is frozen (inaudible mumbling mimicking a frozen face).
Chandrasekhar: I find that pretty funny.
Soter: That'll be two hours of that.
SR: Well guys, thank you so much. This movie was brilliant. Thank you so much.
- Super Troopers 2 (2018) release date: Apr 20, 2018