James van der Beek
American superstar DJ and producer Diplo crossed into the mainstream working on hits for Beyonce, Madonna and Justin Bieber as well his own act Majorjo Lazer. TherewasThere was also that time ime he dated Katy Perry.
James mes van der Beek, whose e career exploded in 1998 as the lead character in TV hit it Dawson’s Creek, has discoveredvered his comedy gland in recent cent years. He played an exaggerated gerated version of himself in cult lt hit Don’t Trust The Bitch in Apartmentartment 23 five years ago, now he’s playing a very exaggerated gerated version of Diplo in six-part -part TV showWhatshow What Would d Diplo Do? – the brainchild child of Diplo himself.
Celebrities brities usually insist on airbrushed rbrushed versions of themselves emselves on programs rams they created. ted. What twaswas Diplo o like? The first thing he said too me was ‘Make Make me melook look ridiculous. Go ass far as you want’. We actually ally had to make him a little bit endearing ndearing so people would want to tune in every week! He’s so talented ented and so confident in his ability, bility, he’s allergic to taking himself elf too seriously. It’s really rare someone omeone is that willing to completelypletely take the piss out of himself.mself. I thought the show could d be a parable about life through ugh the eyes of a clown – a musical genius who suckss at life.
Surely ly it’s also rare to play someone who’s still very much at the top of their game. It sure e is. He makes a lot more money than I do! He’s got a very big brand and he’s global. We didn’t want to make it like Entourage, we didn’t want to glorify the world. Diplo is very eloquent about taking the piss out of DJs and the whole EDM culture and himself. We followed his lead. He was our prism through which we saw theworld.the world. The whole show was a big fun
“It’s really rare someone is that willing to completely take the piss out of himself”
You’ve cast an actual DJ, Dillon Francis, playing one of the faux Diplo’s mates... Dillon is hilarious. And he was the authenticity meter on set at all times. I actually cast him off what he was doing on Snapchat. He is playingp a character with a lowerlow IQ than is normally functionalfunction and somehow you still wa want to be around him.
VAN DER BEEK ON THE REAL DIPLO
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Next year is the 20th20 anniversary of Dawson’sDa Creek starting. DoesD it feel like two decades ago? It feels like anotheranoth lifetime ago. I completelycom appreciate when fans who have just wa watched it have a connect connection to it, it’s immediate to them. Whenever youmyou make any kind of art it belo belongs to the people you made it for. I try to respect thatth when I meet fans. It waswa a huge opportunity I’ll a always be grateful for. But forfo me personally, I’ve h had more life after that show than before I started it.it It really feels like a high schoolsc memory for me.
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