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You’d be surprised to learn that Eric Koston is the link between Charlie Chaplin and GG Allin and that he contributed to a movie that got a Oscar.

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In the beginning of your part in Yeah Right!, you look pretty pissed at a guy who’s broken in your car but I was never sure about this being serious or not. Is this a true story ?
Yeah it was a true story, a junkie had broken into our rental van and also two other cars right next to it.  My wallet and cell phone were in the glove compartment and I saw that I was missing. A neighbor had seen the junkie break into the cars and pointed it out to me. So I chased him down and the camera got turned on. It wasn’t planned and instinct and impulse took over, went right back to normal when I got my wallet and phone back.


More than 10 years later, I guess we can reveal to the world that it’s not Owen Wilson bluntsliding that rail in Yeah Right! but you ! Was Wilson into skateboarding at all ?
Owen Wilson was not into skateboarding, he did that as a favor to Spike Jonze. Spike and Ty Evans wrote a script for Owen Wilson and he took the time to rehearse it and he watched some skate videos for reference, just to see how skateboarders talked and wanted to sound like a skateboarder. He actually postponed because he said he wasn’t ready for the role, we thought he was just flaking but then he came when he was good and nailed it.

What about Charlie Chaplin in Mouse ? Did you chose that role because you had nothing to say ?
That was another Spike idea, so all I did was watch 45 minutes of a Chaplin move, I’d seen some before but just refreshed myself on him, then went out and shot it. Spike was a big help in directing me on all the nuances of Chaplin.

I have to say that seeing you dressed up as GG Allin in Chomp on this was a big surprise. Any memories of it ?
I got into GG Allin probably when I was 14, when all the stuff you heard about him doing was more a rumor and myth and it turned out that it was real, older skaters and friends told me about him. Around that time in Chomp I was really into his documentary Hated, Steve Hernandez and I always made GG jokes.

Steve Berra played in some series, Paul Rodriguez in movies, what about you ? You must have been asked to play at least your own role in  some movie !
I was in Her an Oscar winning movie, ha ha ! Also in the remake the Point Break. You can’t even find it but I was in a really bad TV show called Sk8, that was so bad. Other skateboarders did episodes too, McCrank, Colin McKay and Muska. Those would be pretty funny to pull up now. I’ve tried to find them but no luck.

Interview done by email in april 2017. Part one.

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 Eric Koston est le chainon manquant entre Charlie Chaplin et GG Allin. Il a même joué dans un film qui a obtenu un Oscar.

Au début de ta part’ dans Yeah Right!, tu as l’air plutôt énervé contre un type qui a piqué un truc dans ta voiture, mais je n’ai jamais vraiment été sûr si c’était sérieux ou pas… C’était vrai ?
Oui, c’est une histoire vraie. Un junkie avait pété la vitre de notre van de location et celles de deux autres voiture garées à côté. J’avais mis mon portefeuille et mon portable dans la boîte à gants et ils n’y étaient plus. Un voisin avait vu le mec et nous l’avait indiqué. Alors je lui ai couru après, et la caméra était allumée… C’était pas prémédité, c’est juste que la colère est montée d’un coup, mais je suis vite redevenu normal quand j’ai récupéré mon téléphone et mon portefeuille.

Dix ans plus tard, je pense qu’on peut révéler au monde que ce n’était pas Owen Wilson qui faisait bluntslide sur le rail mais toi ! Quelle est l’histoire de ce sketch et est-ce que Owen Wilson y connaissait quoi que ce soit en skate ?
Il n’y connaissait absolument rien, c’est une faveur qu’il avait fait à Spike Jonze. Spike et Ty Evans lui avaient écrit un petit script qu’il avait pris le temps d’apprendre, et il avait même regardé quelques vidéos de skate juste pour voir comment les skaters parlaient parce qu’il voulait être crédible en tant que skater. On avait même dû reporter le truc parce qu’il avait dit qu’il ne se sentait pas encore pour le rôle et puis finalement, il est venu et il a vraiment assuré !
Et Charlie Chaplin dans Mouse ? Tu avais choisi ce rôle pour éviter d’avoir à dire quelque chose ?
C’était encore une idée de Spike. Je connaissais Chaplin mais j’avais regardé 45 minutes où il jouait son rôle, juste pour me mettre dans la peau du personnage, et puis on était allé filmer ça. Spike avait plein de bon conseils pour me montrer toutes les nuances de Charlie Chaplin.

On peut te voir déguisé en GG Allin dans Chomp on this, ce qui était assez surprenant… Des souvenirs de ça ?
J’ai commencé à m’intéresser à GG Allin quand j’avais 14 ans, après avoir entendu toutes sortes de choses à son sujet qui se sont avérées vraies par la suite, que des potes ou des skaters plus âgés m’avaient raconté. A l’époque de Chomp on this, j’étais à bloc du documentaire sur lui (Hated) Steve Hernandez et moi étions à fond…

Steve Berra a joué dans des séries, Paul Rodriguez dans des films… On t’a au moins demandé de jouer ton propre rôle dans un film, non ?
J’ai joué dans Her, qui a gagné un Oscar ! Ah ah ! Et aussi dans le remake de Point Break. C’est introuvable mais j’ai aussi joué dans une série vraiment pourrie qui s’appelle Sk8… Muska, McCrank et Colin McKay on aussi joué dans certains épisodes ! Ce serait marrant de ressortir ça… J’ai cherché mais je n’ai jamais trouvé.

Entretien réalisé par mail, via Scuba Steve/Nike SB, en avril 2017. Première partie ICI.



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