When celebrities are promoting a new movie, press junkets can be a little like speed dating: the actors politely answer the same set of questions over and over while countless strangers come through a revolving door. Most of the time, junkets are probably pretty painful, but once in a while, there's on that stands out.
For "Seven Psychopaths" stars Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Colin Farrell, the clear highlight of their press junket came in the form of Sal Hurland, host of the Screen Junkies Show, and a tiny beauty queen contestant nicknamed Honey Boo Boo Child.
Presenting each of the three acclaimed actors with verbatim scripts taken from the TLC reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," Hurland began a mock audition for the fictional "Honey Boo Boo" motion picture. Since Farrell, Walken, and Rockwell play a bunch of psychopaths in "Seven Psychopaths," and Hurland considers Honey Boo Boo and her redneck family "the greatest psychopaths in American pop culture today," it was a perfect match.
In the first scene, Rockwell dazzles as Honey Boo Boo herself and Walken shines as the ruler of the family, Mama June, as they reveal the recipe for Sketti (melted butter and ketchup, a family tradition).
"I wouldn't change a thing. I think it had a certain fluidity, and music to it," Farrell remarked.
Next, Walken reprises his role as Mama and Farrell takes a turn as Chubbs in a brisk, deep accent, probably not realizing that Chubbs is actually the nickname for Honey Boo Boo's teenage sister Jessica.
"If you fart 12 to 15 times a day, you could lose a lot of weight, so I think I'm gonna lose a lot of weight," Farrell said about Chubbs's weight loss plan.
Walken, so strong in his performance until now, was tripped up by Mama's words "vajiggle jaggle."
"These are words? It's a little too hard," Walken said.
After becoming the hits of the TLC show "Toddlers & Tiaras," Alana Thompson and her mother June Shannon got their own spin-off that has taken pop culture by storm. Their show follows the young pageant contestant and her family as they proudly boast about their rural Georgia lifestyle, doing grocery shopping at weekly auctions or bobbing for pig's feet at their local Redneck Games.
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These are not at all the kind of psychopaths that Rockwell, Walken, and Farrell play in "Seven Psychopaths." Their film follows a screenwriter with writer's block (Farrell), whose unhinged friend (Rockwell) tries to shake him out of it by kidnapping a mobster's Shih Tzu. They're soon involved in the twisted underworld of dognapping in L.A., where they enlist a veteran dognapper to help them (Walken). "Seven Psychopaths" will be released in theatres Oct. 12.