The movie adaptation of Tucker Max’s best seller I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, co-written by Tucker himself, is currently shooting in Louisiana. There have been reports that the film is a disaster, followed by reports that whatever you’re just jealous. Gawker (who it should probably be noted hates Tucker) recently published an account that they say is from Fark editor and former Tucker Max high school classmate Drew Curtis, who has a cameo in the movie.
Tucker is completely out of control. As he explained it to me, he’s spent so much of his life not having to report to anyone that it’s killing him having to work with other people. Judging from the agitation I’m seeing, that’s an understatement. The first day I was there, Tucker and Nils (the other screenwriter guy, who’s really the brains behind the operation) were in a heated argument in the corner. I asked Nils what it was about, he tried to downplay it. But from what I saw personally, this is a normal occurrence for Tucker.
Nils tells me that the actor playing Tucker, Matt, who really seems to have his shit together, is the complete opposite of Tucker (super nice guy, etc etc). I’ve spoken with Matt a few times and he really couldn’t be nicer to a guy who’s only got about 3 lines. Bob Gosse, the director, is the brains behind it and seems to butt heads with Tucker pretty much constantly.
Tucker apparently thinks that the actor playing him has to actually be him in real life. Or something. I have no idea what the deal is. To me it looks like Matt’s doing a fantastic job. I think Tucker’s just a control freak. He interferes constantly with the acting, the directing, even sometimes the lighting. He doesn’t know shit about any of this stuff.
And of course there’s an even more important issue at stake here, which is how this movie will effect my script for the You Got Served sequel, I Hope You Get Served – in Hell. It’s edgier than the original.