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THE MOVIE: Let’s Go To Prison

Dax Shepard • Will Arnett • Chi McBride
DIRECTOR: Bob Odenkirk

Felon John Lyshitski (Dax Shepard) attempts to give obnoxious Nelson Biederman IV (Will Arnett) the lay of the land THE CONCEPT:
When felon John Lyshitski (Shepard) gets out of prison he decides to kill the judge who sentenced him, only to discover that he is already dead, so he takes aim at his obnoxious son, Nelson (Arnett), who through a course of crazy events ends up in jail with Lyshitski, with the latter plotting his demise.

U.S. RELEASE: November 17 2006, Nationwide
• Rated: R


“The movie’s based on a book entitled You Are Going to Prison. It was written as a handbook for people who knew incarceration was imminent. Tom Lennon and Ben Garant wrote a fictionalized account of a couple of gents who are caught in the system.”

“Will and I saw the movie together about three months ago, and I’m such a sucker for my own material I was laughing at myself. When I do movies I say what I think will be funny, so obviously when I see it I laugh. I’m my own biggest fan.”

“I play a character named Barry, I’m a tough guy and I’m a head of a gang, and I’m also looking for love, and I think I’ve found it with Will Arnett’s character. So it’s a dark, subversive comedy, and I think you’re really going to love it.”

“Chi is a very large gentleman, he is a big physical presence and so it did not make it difficult for me to be physically threatened by his presence. But it was really fun, he’s such a funny guy and not used enough prior to this in a comedic way. We had so much fun being in this love story portion of the movie.”

What happens frequently to actors is that the chemistry on set lead to some chemistry off-set, did that happen between you and Chi? You said you guys went down to St Bart’s when we wrapped.”

“I don’t comment on my personal life. It turned out we both needed a little vacation, and so it just happened that we shared a villa. There was a lot of light wrestling, just to stay fit!”

“No men were kissed in the making of this movie! It was easy to play that kind of relationship; you just play it as though you were playing it with a girl. That’s what makes it funny. The realer it is, the funnier it is.”

“You might not want to go straight home after seeing this movie, you might find yourselves going to a park, or a cliff, and staring off just to think about things like, I was rude today at the dry cleaners, God damn life is short.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if millions of people don’t get thrown into prison after seeing this film, because they will idolize Will for sure, maybe me, and want to emulate us.”

“Especially when the Oscar [nominations] start rolling in for this, with all the Oscar buzz going on, it’s such an exciting time for us!”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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