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Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby GeminiShamrock » Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:23 am

Yep. It's true. The comedy duo are the featured icons in the March 2011 edition of MAXIM! They talk about South Park, their new musical The Book of Mormon, and...Phil Collins? Come...read for yourself, fellow South Park fans. (I couldn't find a link so I just transcribed the article from my own copy of the March 2011 issue of MAXIM.)

The following has been transcribed word for word (save some editing by the South Park forum) from the March 2011 issue of Maxim. Enjoy.

ICON: Trey Parker & Matt Stone
The South Park creators are taking over Broadway with a musical about God. Say a prayer.

By Jesse Will (Photography by Peter Yang)

MAXIM: The bookends of your career are a five-minute cartoon starring Santa and Jesus and now a musical called The Book of Mormon. What's so funny about religion?
Trey: It's just too rich, you know? There are so many powerful cultural reference points. Even if you're not Christian, just from being in our culture you know Jesus and resurrection and redemption. They're f*cking goofy, dopey stories! But the thing I think may surprise people the most is that this is not just a big musical ripping on Mormons. That wouldn't work.

MAXIM: Why Mormons?
Trey: We've been wanting to do something about Mormonism since we were in college. We grew up in Colorado, where there are quite a few of them.

MAXIM: What's the story of the musical?
Trey: The idea is that these 18-year-old boys from Salt Lake City go to Cambodia as missionaries, and while they're changing people, they're changing themselves. They're telling 50-year-old Cambodian men, "Hey, listen to me. I know what's up. This guy in upstate New York dug some golden plates. Isn't that great?"
Matt: There's a lyric in the show that's basically like, "Now that I'm 18, I know what the f*ck is up." When you're 18 you feel like you know everything. At 18 I thought I knew everything about the world, and then at 22 I knew nothing. I was lost, in a good way.
Trey: There comes a point when you're a teenager where you really think about some stupid religious story, whether it's the Old Testament or The Book of Mormon, that says, you know, the Earth is really six f*cking thousand years old. I mean, really? Come on. But then, as you get older, you start thinking. If it makes you happy, does it matter? I'm not sure.

MAXIM: One of your first girlfriends was a Mormon?
Trey: Yeah, that's me, the girl I f*cked first. That way my first experience with Mormonism. I was like, "Wow, Mormons are dirty girls. I like 'em."

MAXIM: South Park enters its 15th year this spring. You guys work a crazy schedule, starting from scratch each week and sending the show into Comedy Central hours before it airs. Don't you get burned out?
Matt: I'm constantly amazed how we come in every week and still haven't f*cking figured out the formula of how to make a successful TV show. It's like reinventing the wheel every week. And that's probably why we're not done with it.

MAXIM: Is it a big misconception that your work is politically conservative?
Trey: At its core South Park has always been about, well...in "The Spirit of Christmas," there was the Jesus side and there was the Santa side, and they're fighting, and the boys are sitting there blinking, going, "This is f*cked up." And really that's sort of what's underneath it all. We have the four boys who, at the end of the day, care way more about where they're gonna get their next Xbox game than about whatever the big political issue is in town. That's all it is.
Matt: We're not left or right. We go in the middle, the untrampled territory. That's where all the jokes are. We're kind of whorish that way.

MAXIM: If you were making an episode to be seen only by yourselves, what would it be like?
Matt: We'd love to do a full season of Terrance and Phillip. No one would think it was funny, but it would be rad.
Trey: When Matt and I are somewhere and something funny happens and other people don't laugh, that's what makes us laugh super hard.
Matt: We did a South Park episode where we had this stupid gerbil crawl into a man's ass, and he met all these crazy characters. It was done like The Hobbit. The 10 crew members who were doing the animation would come into my or Trey's office individually, close the door, and be like, "Can I talk to you for a second? What the f*ck are we doing with this show? What are you guys doing to us?" No one else was laughing, but me and Trey would be doubled over on the floor.

MAXIM: Do you have bad blood with Phil Collins, since "You'll Be in My Heart" from Disney's Tarzan beat "Blame Canada" at the 2000 Oscars?
Matt: That's one-way bad blood. Phil Collins probably doesn't know who we are, but f*ck him.
Trey: It'll be the same bad blood if we lose the Tony award this year to Bono. He's up against us. If we've lost to Phil Collins and then to Bono, careerwise we've gotta pack it up.
Matt: I will say that I grew up playing drums, and Phil Collins can really f*cking whack those drums. He's a good drummer.

MAXIM: Is there anything you can't make fun of?
Trey: Yeah, apparently there is; we've been told what it is. You know what it is!

MAXIM: Think so. It's something we can't talk about.
Trey: There's your answer.

MAXIM: Are you still taken aback at South Park's popularity? It can get pretty weird, right?
Matt: Totally. We never thought the footprint of our comedy would be as big as South Park is. And South Park isn't as big as Family Guy of the Simpsons or Two and a Half Men. I mean, those shows are massive, you know? They get, like, 10 times the audience we do. But we know that to get 20 percent of the people watching to laugh really hard, 80 percent of the people aren't going to get it. We've learned that if every single person thinks what you do is funny, it's usually pretty f*cking stupid as sh*t.
Trey: It's usually Two and a Half Men.
Matt: We think of ourselves as a Monty Python troupe. We're always gonna be those two little men farting in the corner, you know? That's it.
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby GeminiShamrock » Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:23 pm

Go back and read the original post. It's all there.

Did I forget to say that I edited my post up there first? Silly me...
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby James--76 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:15 am

Thanks made an intresting read.
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby GeminiShamrock » Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:00 am

You're welcome. I wanted to make sure it was copied exactly and that it was up there for people to read.
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby James--76 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:59 am

I will try to get a copy of the magazine i like to collect articles and stuff, i still got the Rolling stone magazine just before season 11 came out.

Could i ask is the cover girl Michelle Trachtenberg?
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby BRMBug » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:11 am

James--76 wrote:Could i ask is the cover girl Michelle Trachtenberg?

It appears to be.

Dammit, I can't find the article online. I was hoping there might be pictures or something. Guess I'm gonna have to go get the issue.
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby Big-Will » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:21 pm

There's only one picture: Matt and Trey in Times Square looking wide-eyed at the buildings all around.
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby GeminiShamrock » Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:24 am

Yep. Michelle Trachtenberg is the cover girl for March. And Big-Will's right. There's just one photo in which Matt is holding a map of NYC and Trey's pointing towards something.

I'll say this, at least. (This is somewhat off topic.) Michelle Trachtenberg doesn't have that dead behind the eyes look that Katy Perry has. Give me a girl with beauty and brains. (Of course, I might be asking for too much.)
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby BRMBug » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:30 pm

I went and flipped through a copy at B&N yesterday. Jeez, Matt looks sooo much like Daniel Stern in that pic. :lol:
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby GeminiShamrock » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:04 am

BRMBug wrote:I went and flipped through a copy at B&N yesterday. Jeez, Matt looks sooo much like Daniel Stern in that pic. :lol:


Not trying to be racist, but he IS half-Jewish. Also, is it just me or is Trey losing his hair?
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby BRMBug » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:14 am

He has been for about a decade now.
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby Pip Tweek » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:48 pm

That Lemmiwinks anecdote was the best! How could they have such dullards on their crew?
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby BRMBug » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:19 pm

I'd watch a whole season of T&P. And I wish they'd do a whole series of the McElroy's adventures.
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Re: Trey and Matt in March 2011 issue of Maxim!

Postby James--76 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:40 am

Ordered a copy online to be shipped from the states i see that Big-Will has scanned the article on his site too.
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