WRONG ARM OF THE LAW
EVERY TV sitcom you’ve loved over the past 15 years or so, Jay Chandrasekhar has directed it. The first season of Arrested
Development stands out — “the best writing staff, the best actors” — but he’s also done Community, Happy Endings, New Girl, Fresh
Off the Boat, the list goes on. But none of those shows get him out of a speeding fine.
Only one comedy does that for him, a 2002 film, which he wrote, directed and starred in — Super Troopers. It followed a group of Vermont Highway Patrol officers as they try to do as little law enforcement as possible. It was highly quotable, highly stupid, and it caught on.
Then the cult seeped outwards, to its founders.
“It would happen at restaurants: the bartender and his staff would know it, so we’d get free drinks,” Chandrasekhar says. “Then it was baseball games: we go to baseball or football or hockey games, it’s like we’re Brad Pitt.
“The other group that really loves us is cops. You get pulled over for speeding, they’re like, ‘Oh, sorry sir. Have a good day’.”
It’s no surprise Chandrasekhar and his crew — Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske and Kevin Heffernan — are doing a sequel.
In Super Troopers 2, the squad is assigned to the US/ Canada border after a stuff-up of border markings means a French-Canadian town must now come under US control.
Cue Canadian jokes, competitive Mounties and a run-in with a grizzly bear.
“The bear was one of the best actors in the movie,” says Chandrasekhar. “It’s a 1400 pound (635kg) grizzly named
Whopper and it works for meat. When it comes to a mark, it gets fed a piece of meat. In order to get it to growl, you wave a piece of meat at it.
“Once you get it to run, though, it is for the rest of the day in kill mode and it’s gotta go in the cage, you can’t work with it any more. They don’t even want you to go look at the bear in the cage.”
Likewise, the actor who plays the mayor of the town was an animal. “We put Rob Lowe in a cage and we’d never look him in the eye,” Chandrasekhar laughs.
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