A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY
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"A Night at the Roxbury" is based on the popular Roxbury Guys, the "we're so cool," head-bobbing night clubbers created by Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan and regularly played by them in sketches on "Saturday Night Live
"A Night at the Roxbury" is based on the popular Roxbury
Guys, the "we're so cool," head-bobbing night clubbers
created by Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan and regularly played
by them in sketches on "Saturday Night Live." Ferrell
and Kattan conceived the Roxbury Guys when they were polishing
their stand-up skills at The Groundlings, Los Angeles' renowed
comedy theatre, where they were spotted by Lorne Michaels for
"Saturday Night Live."
The pair recall the birth of the Roxbury Guys: "We were out
at a Los Angeles area club with friends," says Ferrell, "and
we noticed this guy leaning up against the bar."
"You could tell he really wanted to dance, and he was sort
of pathetic," Kattan recollects. "We kept checking him
out and started picking up on his expressions and mannerisms.
Something about this out-of-it guy intrigued us."
Adds Ferrell, "He was dying to be a scene, but he'd try and
try, and come up with nothing. He was really out of his element
- a dorky fish in glitzy water. Eventually, our impressions of
him grew into the Roxbury Guys."
Ferrell and Kattan joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live"
in 1995. The Roxbury Guys became "Saturday Night Live"
regulars and, with no dialogue, one of its most popular acts.
Their pick-up strategy huddles and relentless come-ons were always
drowned out by the ear-busting music.
The act was an instant hit with audiences as well as within the
entertainment industry, and soon featured guest stars such as
Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, Pamela Anderson Lee, Alec Baldwin, Martin
Short and Sylvester Stallone.
It was in the winter of 1997 that Lorne Michaels, "Saturday
Night Live's" creator and executive producer, told them filmmaker
Amy Heckerling was a big fan and wanted them to bring the Roxbury
Guys to full life in a theatrical feature.
Producer Lorne Michaels had already made two hit comedies, "Wayne's
World" and "Wayne's World II," which were expanded
from sketches by Dana Carvey and Mike Myers on "Saturday
Producer Amy Heckerling refers to the Roxbury Guys as "lovable
losers" and warmly recalls her first impressions, seeing
the act on "Saturday Night Live." "They were kind
of sleazy but you couldn't help loving them. What I appreciated
most was they were not only hilarious, but whenever they got rejected,
they acted as if it didn't bother them, they let the girls off
the hook. But then they would turn back to the bar and shrug their
shoulders in a way that showed it did bother them. That touched
me. They reminded me of Charlie Chaplin, the lost little guy who's
suddenly living the high life and going for an unattainable woman."
"I'm short, wiry and energetic -says Chris Kattan, who describes
Doug "a cocky wheeler-dealer. Between two I'm the mastermind."
"I'm the tall, easy-going one," says "Fun-loving,
naive and easy to manipulate. Steve just kind of flops around
in life and doesn't get too bent out of shape one way or the other.
Whoever Steve's talked to last is the person he listens to. He
doesn't want to rock the boat. But you have to keep a tight leash
on him or he'll wander."
Kattan elaborates, "Doug wants to be a rebel, he just doesn't
have a blue. I act like I know what's going on. I alw
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