Bobcat Goldthwait is Getting his Bigfoot on in Brea.
After taking a semi-break from the world of stand-up to become a film and TV writer, producer, and director, Bobcat Goldthwait has decided lately to get back to his comedic roots. Not that he ever stopped being funny. January 3rd and 4th Bobcat is coming to the Brea Improv and if you loved him the last year when he came through OC (we sure did!), there is no doubt in our minds that you'll love him even more now. Before the weekend shenanigans go down, we had the chance to find out all about his new movie that we'll finally get a chance to see in 2014.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I heard you were doing some stuff with Marc Maron. Is it for his TV show?
Bobcat Goldthwait: Yes, I directed some episodes of Marc Maron's TV shows on IFC. I just got done doing them. Hopefully the first season will go to Netflix too so people can get caught up.
I keep meaning to watch his show! It's like, there are so many "housewives" shows I forget everything else. I have bad taste in TV obviously.
Yeah, it gets hard. [Laughs.] You can't avoid it. We all pretend reality shows are terrible but then, we all get suckered in.
Thanks for trying to make me feel better. So last time I saw you in Brea you were showing me a trailer for your new movie "Willow Creek" and it's out now right?
Yeah! I've been all around the world at all of those genre film festivals with it. Now it'll come out in the U.S. sometime in the spring.
I've been reading good things about it, how do you think it's doing?
It's been really fun. When I go to the more prestigious film festivals, I'm the dirt bag that got into Sundance. But when I go to other festivals, I'm prestigious. So I've been really living it up! [Laughs.]
OK so I know the movie is about Bigfoot but can you break it down a little?
It's a horror and suspense movie but there are laughs in the first half of it also. I follow this couple around who is making a real cheap kind of documentary on the town of Willow Creek, which is the town that had footage shot in back in 1967. A lot of the actual people from the town are in the movie too. The couple in the movie is Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson. They've been in some of my other movies and they're really good actors. I think a lot of people think that they're a couple in real life and I think that'll separate it too. Often in a lot of "found footage" films, the actors aren't very good or you don't relate to them as people. I think in a horror movie, since it's a lot scarier, you actually care about the people more when terrible things are happening to them. [Laughs.] Usually in horror films they have people who are disgusting so that when they die, you don't feel too bad. I did it the other way around in hopes that people will care.
I saw on Instagram that you got a Bigfoot tattoo. I assume you are a believer?
Oh yeah, that's the poster for the movie done by Alex Pardee that I got. And I say I'm a believer, and then people have a problem with it because I'm an Atheist. But I always answer that with, I know people that have seen Bigfoot and that's a lot different than God! [Laughs.]