“Roofies” is a simple little online sketch that I wrote for me and Rob to do together in early May 2010. Later that month, I would shoot “Horror Movies Suck” with Melissa Vilardo. But you can read all about that in the HMS post, because this is all about “Roofies.” This goofy sketch was directed by my longtime friend and frequent collaborator, Rob Lambert (director of “Yoga Man” and co-star of “Horror Movies Suck). We shot in one afternoon with Garrett Rowe (director of photography), Damien Hedgecoth (associate producer), Charlie McEwen (Boom Op), and Brian Barnett (make-up) on hand to round out the crew.
Joe Clabby plays Mr. Clyde, a wealthy man with a litigious trigger finger. There’s a dry, semi-weaselly quality to Joe’s performance that really sells the central joke as well as the dynamic between he and the Russian roofer. Speaking of Boris, my job as that character was to lay as motionless as possible while conveying mild panic and vulnerability. All in all it went well, except for the fact that I forgot to apply sunscreen. So, I ended up sunburned on one side of my body from laying in that position during the 5 hour shoot.
Rob also worked with composer Pez Wilson (who scored “Yoga Man” and “Horror Movies Suck”) to create a Phillip Glass inspired score. And for any of you folks out there who dig meta humor, the entire newspaper gag at the end is a callback to the character and newspaper that Don Carver/Haven worked for in “Yoga Man.”
All in all, even though it’s got a bit of a dark edge to the goofy proceedings, it’s a fun little piece.