Sex Drive - Josh Zuckerman Interview
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How hard is it to tap into being a virgin?
Josh Zuckerman: "Oh, you know, well I was born with a few women under my belt, literally under my belt – with a belt, born with a belt."
That must have been uncomfortable.
Josh Zuckerman: "Just the belt. You know, I think everybody's been a virgin, everybody knows what it feels like, and everybody has a different experience with it because everybody has a different school and different peers. And I think that's why being a virgin is something that people constantly tell stories about even more recently, but it's become…sometimes there's a bit of stigma attached to being a virgin. You haven't reached your manhood, your Bar Mitzvah or whatnot. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with when and how you lose your virginity. For me, it's very simple to, well, I wouldn't say very simple but I would say it's easy for me to understand how it was because…. Well, I'm not going to say either way whether I am or not a virgin, I feel like that's weird. Yeah, I don't need to talk about that. But I'm just saying really what it was is understanding what it's like to feel inadequate, to some degree, by your peers. And that's really kind of a sad thing but it's also a very truthful thing because a lot of kids feel that. And I think that's one of the things that I love about this film. You know, maybe some people will make fun of me for pulling a moral out of it because it's a teen romp – whatever they call it – but I think it does have heart and I think that there is a moral that Ian learns, my character learns, is that he really has value of his own. He doesn't have to wear something else. He doesn't have to be someone else. He's not inadequate because he's a virgin. And he deserves to have whatever he wants."
And a donut costume.
Josh Zuckerman: "And a donut costume, which hopefully he gets rid of by the end of the movie, I don't know. But yeah, that donut costume was…"
Did you take it home with you?
Josh Zuckerman: "I took the shoes home. I did, but they're in my closet. It's kind of a love/hate relationship, you know? Sometimes I think someday I'll feel nostalgic and want to put them out on my mantle or something. But right now…he's following me everywhere, literally. I've been telling people that everywhere I go, every event they bring around this. I've seen him in two states so far, so the guy travels. I'm mean his mileage, I'm sure he's won a whole bunch of trips."
Why should people see this?
Josh Zuckerman: "You know, I think why people have really responded very well to Sex Drive and why people really enjoy it is that not only does it…it succeeds in my opinion on comedy on so many different levels. You're talking about broader comedy, more subtle comedy, and that's why so many people of different age groups… People we thought that wouldn't even want to think twice loved the movie. I ran into a guy and he was 50 years old. He said, 'I'm 50 and I love this movie. I've seen it three times.' And then the other part of it is, I think from the get go was the intention of the filmmakers and very wisely so - was in order for the audience to care about the characters, you have to be involved with them, you have to empathize with them, and so there was an emphasis on our part as the actors and Sean [Anders] as the director and even the writer about making the key plot points and making the connections to make the relationships work, and how they arc over the story. I'm so grateful to be a part of a comedy that actually paid attention to that and realized how important that was. "