He may not be the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but Jamie Kennedy has built up a following on his TV show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, on the WB. Now Kennedy is branching out to starring roles in film, and he made time to talk with Street about his latest, Malibu's Most Wanted. What was it like growing up in Upper Darby? I grew up listening to Run DMC... At 69th street... I was into rap music. Did you take a lot of flak for that? Yeah, I used to be into break dancing and I used to have to break dance in my garage and hide... Everyone would make fun of my fashion pants. Were you guys surprised at how big Scream was? We thought it was a good movie and we thought it was really smart, funny, scary yet self-referential...But we didn't know it was gonna be like that. Were you surprised that they brought you back for Scream 3? Yeah, I thought I was dead. I couldn't believe I came back from the grave. Have you been pranking your entire life, or is it a recent act? I've always been -- everybody here from Philly is like that. Everybody here's a joker, an instigator, you know from fucking with people to snapping on people -- that's how Philly is...I hung out with like ten funny guys, I was just the one who wanted to go and make it as a living. Do you remember what your first prank was? Me and my friend Chris...we used to order pizza. When we were 12 we put a 20-dollar bill between my ass cheeks to see if the guy would take it -- to see if we could get a free pizza. And the guy went [sticks arms out and clenches air with forefinger and thumb] and he kept the change. I was a twelve-year-old kid -- I'm surprised he didn't kill me! What would you be doing if you weren't in comedy? You know what I'd be doing? It's so amazing, I'd probably be working at Domino's. I'd probably be managing it by now -- I'd probably be managing a couple because I was ambitious and I always thought of ways to make those pizzas go faster. Were you ever worried that the white rapper thing was insensitive? I know what you're saying... I was never worried about it. Actually black people love this movie I think even more than white people. I've been to screenings in the hood and I've been to screenings in the suburbs. In the suburbs it killed but in the hood it destroyed...It was written by four white guys, you know, and we're all driving our Mercedes going, "Ok, in Compton..." And it's like -- what the fuck do we know? But most of the cast was black and grew up with different backgrounds... different experiences of black life. So they could say "Ok that could be offensive." Like one time I said "Regina... you're gonna say, 'Chickenhead'" and she said, "Na-uh, sistas don't call each other chickenheads, that's disrespectful. I might call her a hoochie" ...and I was like "Ok"


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