Movies I've Seen A Million Times
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Sat September 1, 2012

The Movie Kristen Bell Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 5:37 pm

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For actress Kristen Bell, whose credits include the TV show Veronica Mars, the films Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Hit and Run, which opened in theaters this weekend, the movie she could watch a million times is the comedy Wet Hot American Summer. "It's basically about one crazy summer of everybody trying not to get killed," Bell says.


Interview Highlights

On when she saw it for the first time

"I saw it when I was living in New York. I didn't know anything about it, I just saw this weird, vintage-looking billboard and I thought, 'Oh, this might be funny.' And I went in and absolutely had the time of my life."

On why she loves Wet Hot American Summer

"I loved that it danced this line of being so familiar and relatable and real, yet being absolutely, ridiculously comedic and out of this world and broad."





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Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

On this program, we've been asking filmmakers, actors, writers and directors about the movies that they could watch over and over again, including this one from one of the stars of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

KRISTEN BELL: Hi. I'm Kristen Bell. I am an actress. And the movie I have seen a million times is "Wet Hot American Summer," directed by David Wain, starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (as Character) Good morning, everybody. Well, it's the last day of camp.

BELL: I saw it when I was living in New York. I didn't know anything about it. I just saw this weird vintage-looking billboard, and I thought: Oh, this might be funny. And I went in and absolutely had the time of my life.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

JANEANE GAROFALO: (as Beth) Well, we made it to the end of the summer in one piece, except for a few campers who are lepers.

BELL: The film is about one summer on campgrounds where each portion of the campers' lives is represented between the love connections with the counselors...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

MICHAEL SHOWALTER: (as Gerald 'Coop' Cooperberg) I love the way you laugh, and I love the way your hair smells. And I love it that sometimes for no reason you're late for shul. And I don't...

BELL: ...the camp director who can't get it together...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (as Character) Katie, you're hot, right?

MARGUERITE MOREAU: (as Katie) I suppose so.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: OK. So if I wanted to be hot and you make a good impression, what would you wear? You find a clean pair of pants?

BELL: ...the chef, who may or may not be poisoning everyone.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

CHRISTOPHER MELONI: (as Gene) Finish up them taters. I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

A.D. MILES: (as Gary) Come on. What?

MELONI: (as Gene) Finish up the taters.

MILES: (as Gary) You said you were gonna go fondle your sweaters.

MELONI: (as Gene) No, I didn't. I said I'm gonna fondue cheddar. I was thinking about making fondue with cheddar cheese for dinner tonight.

BELL: And it's basically about one crazy summer of everybody trying not to get killed.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: (as Character) Earlier today, I saw what I thought was possibly a planet. I now believe that object was none other than a renegade piece of Skylab, the NASA space station, and it's heading right for the camp.

BELL: There is one scene where Liz Banks is eating barbecue.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

ELIZABETH BANKS: (as Lindsay) Is there any more corn?

PAUL RUDD: (as Andy) What?

BELL: Paul Rudd's character is kind of in love with her. And she's eating these barbecue wings, and she's got barbecue sauce all over her face, but she's the babe.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

RUDD: (as Andy) Oh, dude, Lindsay, you got...

BANKS: (as Lindsay) What, dude?

RUDD: You have barbecue sauce all over your face.

BELL: She has this - all this disgusting barbecue sauce up her nose and dripping off her chin, and she's doing it so sexily.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

RUDD: (as Andy) That's pretty foul.

BANKS: (as Lindsay) It's just barbecue sauce. Come on. I wanna make out.

BELL: I loved that it danced this line of being so familiar and relatable and real yet being absolutely ridiculously comedic and out of this world and broad.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER")

BRADLEY COOPER: (as Ben) Hey, let's all promise that in 10 years from today, we'll meet again, and we'll see what kind of people we blossomed into.

BANKS: (as Lindsay) Yeah.

COOPER: (as Ben) What time you want to meet?

ZAK ORTH: (as J.J.) You mean 10 years from now?

COOPER: (as Ben) Yeah.

SHOWALTER: (as Gerald 'Coop' Cooperberg) Let's meet in the morning, so we can make a day of it.

BELL: Conventional comedies isn't always necessarily the funniest, because this movie is weird and experimental. And David Wain clearly made a movie that he liked, and that's why I love it.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) In this wet hot American summer...

RAZ: That's actress Kristen Bell talking about the movie that she could watch a million times, "Wet Hot American Summer." Bell's new film is called "Hit and Run," and it's in theaters now. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

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