Mike Escamilla and Mike Vallely - Paul Blart: Mall Cop
What was Mike going to do in Fuji, New Zealand?
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Mike Escamilla: "It was awesome. Got to hang out with four of my friends that I've known for a long time. All the bad guys have known each other, and Kevin [James] was beyond great."
Why have all the bad guys known each other? Why was it cast like that?
Mike Escamilla: "Well, we're all professional skateboarders or BMX'ers so we've all grown up and toured together for like 15 years. So, it was just another day where we all get to goof around and get paid for it. It was great."
I heard that you guys also treated Kevin like he was a real mall cop – not a lot of respect.
Mike Escamilla: "He's scum of the earth, as far as I'm concerned. Just no good. Pretty much kind of one of those guys that has authority for no reason. He's like the guy who was going to be a cop and couldn't cut that either so now he's just some douche."
But he was Kevin James.
Mike Escamilla: "Yes. But you know, as soon as they said cut then it was like, you know what I mean, you're like, 'No problem, sir.'"
How nice was it to be characters?
Mike Escamilla: "I mean, it wasn't too hard because I don't really know if we have a character when we ride BMX, when I ride bikes, I feel like I'm being someone else just being myself. So here I just had to try to act a little meaner. Put the mean face on, but how could you put a mean face on this? Come on. It's not going to happen. So, you know, I do my best."
What's next for you?
Mike Escamilla: "Actually next month I'll be headed to Fuji New Zealand for like 3 weeks. Jump out of planes and sky dive and surf and ride BMX bikes…"
That's a tough life.
Mike Escamilla: "Yeah. Going to go on a trip with one of the company's I work for, Nixon Watches, and we're just going to have fun for a few weeks. It's going to be sick."
Mike Vallely: "It was a lot of fun."
Could you do what you want?
Mike Vallely: "No, well, there was a script but within the script there's a little bit of freedom in there for me to put my ideas forward. When it comes to skateboarding they really did rely on myself, so the opportunity to participate at the level as opposed to being told what to do, yeah, it felt good. I also felt like we were taken seriously. It wasn't like, 'Oh, get the skateboarder guy over here. Okay, do your trick and get out of the way.' This was a little bit more involved because our characters are fairly integral to the storyline, which for us – and myself specifically – working on other films in the past was more so stunt work or cameo type roles. This was a little bit more involved."
Is that something you're looking to do more of?
Mike Vallely: "Yeah, I think so. I mean, previous to this project I never really thought too much about it. The other work I've done on movies never really got me too excited, but this was I was there for the entire production of the movie. I was involved in a very major way so it kind of definitely got me interested. And I felt good about it. I was having a lot of fun doing it and I felt like this is something I could do. And previous to that I'd never paid too much attention to it."
Have you had bad experiences with mall cops in the past?
Mike Vallely: "Of course. I don't like mall cops. This was really good casting. They got the right guy for the job. I mean I don't like security guards. I don't like authority in general."
So this was perfect.
Mike Vallely: "Yeah. I got to actually take some aggression out on Kevin. I forgot it was Kevin James. I just thought to myself, 'This is a mall cop,' and I treated him the way I would treat any other mall cop."
And he's the writer and the [star] and you're treating him like you would any other mall cop?
Mike Vallely: "That's what the role required."
Did you ever trade in your skateboard for one of these Segways?
Mike Vallely: "No, I never even touched… I never touched the Segway the entire time. I refused to. Why would I get off my skateboard and get on the mode of transportation that mall cops use? No way."