Exclusive Drake Bell Interview

Posted by: Robert

Moviesonline recently had the opportunity to catch up with Drake Bell, who stars as Rick Riker/Dragonfly in Superhero Movie, which is coming to theatres on Friday, March 28th.

How many superheroes does it take to save the world? The creators of The Naked Gun and Scary Movie answer this question in hysterical "David Zucker" fashion with the uproarious comedy Superhero Movie. Meet Rick Riker. He's young, he's cool and he's got superpowers. Now, if he only knew how to use them... but the world is in danger and no one is safe when Zucker and the gang -- headed by the hilarious cast of Drake Bell, Leslie Nielsen, Tracy Morgan, Pamela Anderson, Regina Hall and many others -- take aim at some of the biggest blockbusters of our time including Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men, and Fantastic Four, to name a few. On March 28th, learning to fly, spinning a web and busting a gut has never been this much fun.

Most will know Drake Bell from his recent work on the hit series’ The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh, which have earned him the status of teen idol.  Others may know Drake Bell from his many television guest appearances, commercials,  and small movies roles in the late 90’s.  With Superhero Movie, Bell shows a lighthearted sign of branching out into more adult roles; a transition that is often difficult for young actors to make. 

Bell, who received some private guitar lessons from The Who’s Roger Daltry back in 2001 when filming Chasing Destiny, is also branching out into the world of Rock and Roll.  Bell released his major label debut “It’s Only Time” back in 2006, and continues to tour in support of it.

Drake Bell comes across as a laid back, genuine guy in conversation.  His enthusiasm for his work shines through.

Moviesonline: This movie looks like a lot of fun.  Are you excited for it to come out?

Drake Bell: Yes. Very excited.  It’s my first time starring in a major release movie where I get to be in every scene, and do big action scenes and all of that.  So I’m definitely excited for it to come out and be out there and have people see it.

Moviesonline: Was there a scene in particular that was the most fun for you to film?

Drake Bell: The Marion Ross scene where she’s farting was probably the most fun to film.  I think we filmed it twenty times.  We just kept laughing and messing up the takes. 

Moviesonline: What was it like playing a Superhero?  Did you get to do any of your own stunts?

Drake Bell: Yeah.  Kind of.  It was actually the same guy who made the Spiderman costume that made the costumes for Superhero Movie.  So you felt like a real superhero since the costume was real.  There’s a lot of flying and hanging upside down, which was great.  It was a real experience being able to feel like Spiderman and Superman. 

Moviesonline: Being a comedy, the film must require you to be “on” all the time.  How do you maintain positive momentum?

Drake Bell: Well.  You know.  Being able to work with people like Leslie Nielsen and Tracy Morgan was just an experience in itself.  I mean when you’re around people who are the kings of comedy in the genre, you take a step back and watch what’s going on and really take what you can from the experience.  I was really glad to have that opportunity.

Moviesonline: Working with Leslie Nielson must have been great.  Him being a pioneer of the spoof genre.

Drake Bell: Yeah, and I grew up on Airplane, Naked Gun, and Top Secret, and all those kinds of movies.  I just love that stuff.  To be able to actually be talking and working with the guys who invented it is just insane. 

Moviesonline: I know that these spoof movies have a lot of references in them, were there any that got you, that you didn’t know?

Drake Bell: No.  I grew up with the superhero movies that were spoofed, like Batman, Spiderman, and Superman.  I was always familiar with the parodies we were doing.  We also had DVD players by the monitors so that we could watch the takes we were sending up.  So if I ever wanted a refresher there was that accessibility.

Moviesonline: Was there any opportunity for yourself or any actors to ad-lib in the film?

Drake Bell:  Well.  Y’know.  With these types of comedies the dialogue is so important and so specific.  Since you’re spoofing specific incidents in other movies, how you say things and set up a scene is really important to the joke.  A lot of it is saying the absurd, and keeping a straight face while doing it.  It’s such off the wall kind of stuff, but thought out a certain way too.

Moviesonline: Would you like to continue on with more comedic roles?  Or are you looking to branch out and try something different?

Drake Bell: I’m up for anything.  I love doing comedy.  You just get to have fun all day.  Which really is great.  I’d love to do some heavy drama at some point and try that out, but just finishing up Superhero Movie and focusing on my music is a priority right now.  I have a new album coming out soon, and I’m touring.

Moviesonline: With such an eclectic cast I’m sure there were some on-set antics you can talk about.

Drake Bell: Leslie Nielson still has his fart machine.  The director would be talking right to him, and Leslie would have a straight face and just start using his fart machine, which was always good for a laugh.  And Tracy Morgan is just a Stand up guy.  He was always on and saying the craziest stuff.  So the overall experience was always a lot of fun, and always hilarious.

Moviesonline: Which will likely translate onto the film.

Drake Bell: Definitely.  It was so much fun to make, and I hope that shows in the movie.

Moviesonline: How did your role in this film come about?

Drake Bell: Both the director and producer have kids who are familiar with “Drake & Josh”.  And like I said, I grew up on that kind of comedy.  So they called me, and when we met and told me what kind of vision they had it mind, it just kind of clicked.  I just knew that I wanted to do this.

Moviesonline: I know you work a lot on your music career as well.  Are you finding it difficult to make that transition from teen idol to serious musician?

Drake Bell: Well.  I think “Drake & Josh” has really helped out a lot with my music career.  I mean, I wrote the songs that were on the show, and we really played our instruments.  It was all us.  So the transition has been sort of easy with those fans.  I think the only real challenge is when older people dismiss us as just that Nickelodeon stuff without really giving it a chance.  What’s great though are those people who aren’t familiar with the show, and just hear the music somewhere and come out to the shows and check it out. 

Moviesonline: I read online that there was a Drake & Josh in New York movie coming about?

Drake Bell:  No, that’s just an online rumour on imdb.  We’re just going to do a movie of the week for the network.  I thought it would be great to get the whole gang back together, so I called up Josh one day and asked if he’d be into doing another movie and he was.  So we called the network and set it up.

Moviesonline: Have you had the chance to see Superhero Movie on the big screen with an audience yet?

Drake Bell:  No, not yet.  But I’m really looking forward to that this Thursday.

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