‘Satur­day Night Live’ per­former likes MTV awards show’s ir­rev­er­ent tone

The Daily Herald - TV Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAC­QUE­LINE CUT­LER

From its in­cep­tion, the MTV Movie Awards sounded like a strange hy­brid.

Hon­or­ing long-form movies on the mu­sic video chan­nel? This sounded like a one-time spe­cial doomed to tank. Yet on Sun­day, the 2011 edi­tion marks the hon­ors’ 20th an­nual live show.

Sched­uled per­form­ers in­clude Lupe Fi­asco and Trey Songz. Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Josh Duhamel, Cameron Diaz, Jesse Eisen­berg, Nicki Mi­naj and Leighton Meester are among the pre­sen­ters.

Ja­son Sudeikis of “Satur­day Night Live” hosts. Though a vet­eran im­prov per­former, he ini­tially says he’s jit­tery about host­ing a live show with a po­ten­tial au­di­ence of 1.2 bil­lion. Then he re­flects for a mo­ment and re­al­izes this isn’t of­fi­cially his first time.

“Why am I so ner­vous?” he says. “I have al­ready done this.”

At Shawnee Mis­sion West High School in Over­land Park, Kan., Sudeikis hosted the spring 1994 drill team ex­trav­a­ganza.

“They made the stage look like a tele­vi­sion set, iron­i­cally, and the whole thing was dif­fer­ent dances for dif­fer­ent chan­nels,” Sudeikis says.

Sudeikis was later sum­moned to the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice for a slightly off-color joke he made. Should any­one go be­yond slightly off-color dur­ing the awards, there will be a five-sec­ond tape de­lay, says Stephen Fried­man, MTV’s new pres­i­dent, who re­flects on how this dif­fers from more staid awards shows.

“The Os­cars and other shows tend to be very se­ri­ous,” Fried­man says. “You never see nom­i­na­tions for ‘Harry Pot­ter’ and ‘Twi­light.’ Our au­di­ence loves those shows as much as they love ‘In­cep­tion’ or ‘So­cial Net­work.’

“One of my fa­vorite cat­e­gories is best fight,” Fried­man con­tin­ues. “Amy Adams ver­sus the sis­ters (in ‘The Fighter’), that was a great fight. What other show will cel­e­brate that fight?”

The MTV Movie Awards fea­tures some stan­dard cat­e­gories — best movie, best per­for­mances — but it also has some that are just so MTV: best kiss, best line from a movie, best jaw-drop­ping mo­ment, best scared-as-s... per­for­mance and big­gest bada... star.

To vote visit www.mtv.com/ontv/ movieawards/

“I should ex­er­cise my right to vote,” Sudeikis says. “I will do that. I hadn’t thought about that, but I will now. It would be re­ally funny if ‘Black Swan’ or ‘So­cial Net­work’ won the MTV awards — if they awarded such a movie. Also be­ing em­braced by the MTV gen­er­a­tion, that would be kind of cool to see if for no other rea­son let’s not as­sume all teenagers don’t watch (these films).”

Among the fun cat­e­gories is one for best vil­lain, for which Tom Fel­ton, the nasty Draco Mal­foy in the Harry Pot­ter movies, is a con­tender. Fel­ton says he isn’t pos­i­tive what qual­i­ties make for a per­fectly evil vil­lain.

“I have had to spend time with Alan Rick­man and Ralph Fi­ennes, I learn from them def­i­nitely,” he says of the ac­tors play­ing Snape, an ap­par­ently heart­less teacher, and Volde­mort, the essence of evil.

As Mal­foy, Fel­ton sports an imperious sneer, and he re­calls how he de­vel­oped it.

“My grandpa chap­er­oned me to the very first film, and he taught me how to look into a mir­ror and give a good sneer,” he says.

Fel­ton is in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to be nom­i­nated.

“I got an email, and I orig­i­nally thought they were jok­ing,” he says. “To get back-to­back nom­i­na­tions — I was flab­ber­gasted to find my name with the amaz­ing tal­ent in the cat­e­gory. I am blown away by the fans’ ded­i­ca­tion.”

Fel­ton plans to at­tend. “Try and stop me,” he says. “It would be crim­i­nal of me to not make it.”

At this writ­ing, Sudeikis was work­ing on “SNL” and had not yet fig­ured out what char­ac­ters he might do at the awards. He planned to write for the live show two weeks be­fore the event.

“You never know what will show up,” he says. “Oh, please, some­thing will show up.

“Hop­ing some­one just plants some­thing. Maybe we’ll find out Bieber has a toupee, or that he has to shave four times a day, his beard is that fierce.”

For now, Sudeikis plans to pre­pare by watch­ing “all the nom­i­nated movies, at least as much as I have time for,” he says. “Some I haven’t seen prior to this. I will im­merse my­self in ‘Harry Pot­ter’ and ‘Twi­light.’ ”

“ ‘Twi­light’ is a mas­sive thing,” he says of “The Twi­light Saga: Eclipse,” which leads the MTV nom­i­na­tions. “I have met some of the stars through ‘SNL,’ and I only know them as these nice kids.”

Usu­ally with awards shows, hosts have an inkling of what they will wear. Dead­pan, Sudeikis says he’s con­sid­er­ing “some­thing hand­made by my par­ents. They have never made a bit of cloth­ing in their life. My dad is one of the worst seam­stresses you have ever seen.”

Tom Fel­ton, who plays Draco Mal­foy in “Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” is a nom­i­nee for best vil­lain at the “2011 MTV Movie Awards,” which airs ay 9 p.m. Sun­day.

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