By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
In his feature film debut, Christopher Mintz Plasse steales Superbad from every comedian around him. As Fogle, the third wheel who gets a fake ID labeling him McLovin, his adventure with the cops who seem to believe he is McLovin remains a selling point in the trailer, and a crowd pleaser in the film itself. Mintz Plasse was completely plucked from obscurity for the role.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse on Superbad
“This was my first audition,” he said. “I’d been doing drama in school since I was eight. I was on an improv comedy team at my high school, so that helped. They didn’t call me back for two weeks so I didn’t think I got it at all. Because I was 17, there were legal issues. When they finally called me…”
A character like McLovin needs little explanation. The name says it all. But we asked Mintz Plasse for his take anyway. “He’s kind of a nerdy character. He thinks he’s a lot cooler than he is. He has a confidence about himself that you see in the movie. Later on, when he gets taken away by the cops, he thinks he’s more badass. It’s like McLovin unleashed, and he becomes cooler as the movie goes on.”
The part required some physical training too. When McLovin shoots off guns with his new cop buddies, the actor had to know what he was doing. “We went to the gun range and got to shoot shotguns and machine guns. The shotgun pushed me back because I’m a small guy.”
Don’t try this at home though, kids. McLovin is a fantasy. Most fake IDs don’t work that well. “I could never pull that off. I look like I’m 15.”
Mintz Plasse has already experienced fame. After early screenings of Superbad, he has received his share of fanfare. “A woman asked me to sign her breast. I felt weird. I said, ‘I’m not signing your boob with your fiancé behind you.’ [So I signed] her ticket.”
With an auspicious debut, there is certainly more work in Mintz Plasse’s future. He hopes to catch up on school too. “When I get back from Europe [on the press tour] I’m going to go to junior college because I missed a couple of classes that I need to retake. But I’m going to try and get another acting job. I can be pickier. I don’t want to do something not awesome. I want to take my time.”